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Health Education/Public Health: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, UDC’s Bachelor of Science in Health Education/Public Health offers students a hand-on, real-world education into the world, while addressing local health challenges and solutions within Washington, D.C. Serving as student’s personal learning laboratory, our program builds a culture of health as it prepares competent entry-level public health practitioners to meet the public health-related needs of the diverse citizenry of the District of Columbia and society at large. Come join us to improve the health of our population!

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Health Education/Pubic Health

The bachelor’s in Health Education/Pubic Health degree program is housed under the University’s unique College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES),  providing a strong foundation of science and service from which you can begin transforming people’s lives. Students have opportunities to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge through cumulative and experiential activities.

Goals and Learning Objectives

  1. Students should have an introduction to the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.
  2. Students should have an introduction to the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
  3. Students should have an introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
  4. Student will demonstrate professional ethics and responsible conducts.
  5. Students should have an introduction to the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
  6. Students should have an introduction to the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation.

Curriculum and Requirements

Our program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in public health. Students must complete at least 120 credit hours to earn the degree through a rigorous and comprehensive plan of study that includes 79 credit hours of core courses, including:

  • Environmental Health
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Organization and Administration of Public Health
  • Public Health Planning
  • Seminars: Public Health Issues.
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Sex Education
  • Public Health Statistics
  • Health and Safety of Community Populations
  • Consumer Health
  • Mental Health
  • Senior Research Project

A required practicum is an indispensable part of the Public Health curriculum consisting of three (3) academic credit hours representing 100 hours of field-based work and a monthly in-class component. This provides students with the chance to apply academic theory while acquiring skills from community-based research and service in a practice setting. The experience provides the student with a chance to perform the following competences and more:

  1. Exhibit effective written and oral skills for communicating with different supervisors in the context of professional public health activities.
  2. Demonstrate research-based principles and the scientific knowledge toward critical evaluation and decision-making in public health/health education in the community.
  3. Endorse high standards of personal and organizational integrity, consideration, candor and admiration for all people.
  4. Work collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies to advance public health/health education goals.

All students complete a cumulative, integrative and scholarly project that serves as a capstone to the education experience. The program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours with the final 30 credits hours must be in residence at the University.

Student Organizations and Activities

Our internship program empowers students to go into the community and apply their knowledge to helping people understand chronic health issues. The requirement of an internship helps students grow personally in the context of their career and personal goals. Students complete their internships in federal, state or local government agencies as well as private industry dealing with public health/health education.

Community Events

Community service is a key component of our program. Our students conduct health fairs, providing education, as well as basic preventive medicine and medical screening for members of the University community and the community at large. Students get the opportunity to disseminate health information to the public at booths. Results are quick and confidential.  


Career Pathways and Prospects

The world needs public health professionals. A career in public health offers long term stability, which positively impacts people around the world. Diverse career opportunities continue to grow, with the field of public health rising 38% as one of the fastest growing profession in the world. Our program prepares students with a strong theoretical foundation that develops the necessary skills, knowledge, and competences needed to become effective public health professionals.

Our program also serves as an excellent foundation from which to pursue a master or doctorate degree in the field. Many of our graduates continue pursuit of their education at local universities and graduate schools and around the world. Other graduates remain in the area, fulfilling local and regional workforce and leadership needs. 

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