Public Health

Address: 437 Coleman Building
Phone: 336.334.5532
Web site: phe.uncg.edu

Majors & Concentrations

About the major

The Department of Public Health Education offers the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program. Public health, in contrast with clinical or medical professions that treat illness in individuals, is a profession centered on protecting the health of broad population groups through the prevention of illness and promotion of healthy lifestyles. Our degree program provides a foundation in the core areas of public health: social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, public health statistics, environmental health, and health policy/administration.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in community health education will be able to:

  • Assess individual and community needs for health education
  • Plan and implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  • Conduct evaluation and research related to health education
  • Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  • Serve as a health education resource person
  • Communicate and advocate for health and health education

Secondary Application Process

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program has a secondary admissions process that requires interested students to formally apply to the major after admittance to the university. The department seeks to admit highly qualified students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and who have completed the

public-health related courses. A complete list of secondary admissions requirements and the departmental application can be found on our Web page at phe.uncg.edu.

What's Unique about public health at UNCG?

With a focus on prevention, our program prepares students for careers or graduate studies that inspire them to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities, as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health. In other words, students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from UNCG make a difference!

Health education improves the health status of individuals, families, communities, states, and the nation, and enhances the quality of life for all people. Health education is a profession that draws from the biological, environmental, social-psychological, physical, and medical sciences, and as such, our program focuses on the development of individual, group, institutional, community, and policy strategies to improve health.

What makes us different from the rest? Increasing national interest in health and health promotion has opened up a world of opportunity for health educators. Paraprofessionals and health professionals from other disciplines are not familiar with the specialized body of health education knowledge, skills, theories, and research, nor is it their primary interest or professional development focus. Our graduates, however, are eligible candidates for the national credentialing exam as certified health education specialists (CHES).

Academic clubs and organizations

  • Eta Sigma Gamma, Alpha Nu Chapter, a national health education honorary society
  • Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE)
  • Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE/AAHPERD)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA)

Student opportunity

  • Directed time in community settings during the junior and senior year
  • Full-time supervised senior internship
  • An array of volunteer, study-abroad, and service-learning opportunities

Graduates/careers

Upon program completion, community health education students are competitive in the job market for careers in national, state, and local health agencies, health and human services organizations, and business and industry. Many continue on into graduate study.

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