New Public Health Major Addresses Need for In-Demand Career Field
In response to a regional and national need for public health professionals, Baldwin Wallace University is adding to its Division of Health and Physical Education a new undergraduate major in Public Health.
A rapidly growing career field, public health offers diverse application. It focuses on the promotion of the health of the public, the prevention of disease, and issues of social justice such as healthcare access.
At BW Public Health is a dynamic major that combines research opportunities, case studies and hands-on learning. One of only a few such programs in Ohio, it offers participants a rigorous study of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, and social and behavioral sciences. It includes a capstone field experience that incorporates real-world strategy and application with a public health agency.
Developed in consultation with leading scholars and public health agencies, the program aligns with the standards of the American Public Health Association, among others.
The Public Health major is designed to provide students with a wide range of career options in areas that are in high-demand and conducive to employment opportunities. The new major is a complement to the BW's umbrella of programs focused on wellness and physical activity.
Public health professionals engage in work that is varied, meaningful and challenging at times. They develop policies and programs that promote health and prevent disease. They focus on neighborhoods, school and communities both in the U.S. and around the world. In government they examine how to deliver services, improve environments and educate people. More specifically, they look at health and social justice, infectious disease outbreaks, health and safety in the workplace, access to pharmaceuticals in developing countries, and more. This is a program for the student who wants to be challenged intellectually and to make a difference.