What is public health?
Public health is a dynamic field of study and practice aimed at improving the health of communities and populations. It is a rich and rewarding career choice filled with opportunities to serve and to make a difference in the world. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program at Belmont will discover exciting new ways to serve locally and around the globe.
Public health is credited with adding 25 years to life expectancy in the U.S. in the last century. In more recent years, the discipline is credited with saving millions of lives due to cleaner air, water and food standards, immunization programs, tobacco control regulations, highway safety and injury prevention programs, emergency preparedness and many other programs.
Why study public health at Belmont?
The BSPH is the degree of choice for people who are interested in studying infectious or chronic disease, environmental health, global health or health and disease patterns and trends. As a public health major at Belmont, you will work with interdisciplinary teams of students and professional colleagues in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, social work and health care administration to improve the conditions and behaviors that contribute to better health for all.
Public health majors complete core public health course requirements, namely in epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health policy and management and social and behavioral aspects of public health. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented by rich field work experiences in clinical, research, health policy or community health settings in local and international settings.
What can I do with the BSPH degree?
The BSPH is a highly versatile, entry-level professional degree. Graduates are well-positioned to enter the workforce in a variety of local, state, federal and international public service settings and in private sector businesses, hospitals and community health settings, missions, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.
Some public health graduates choose to pursue advanced degrees in public health or to continue their education in other tracks like allied health, nursing or medicine. Other graduates may take advantage of government programs to gain more experience before entering the workforce or moving on to graduate study (e.g., serving in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or participating in a CDC Training Fellowship such as the Public Health Associate Program).
Whether you choose to get a job after earning your degree or admission into a graduate or professional program, all students in the major are mentored to achieve personal goals and to support Belmont’s mission to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.
If you have questions regarding undergraduate admissions in the College of Health Sciences, please contact Keith Davis.