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Public Health BS/MPH

(HEGIS: 12.14 PUBLIC HEALTH, CIP: 51.2201 Public Health, General (MPH, DPH))

Public Health

School of Public Health and Health Professions
435 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Stacy Hills, MS, MCHES
Program Coordinator, Graduate Public Health Programs

Associated Programs

Why study Public Health BS/MPH at UB?

The dual-degree program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in public health and a Master of Public Health degree. The BS/MPH provides knowledge and skills sought by employers in the fields of health care and public health, and is ideal for students interested in careers in hospitals, managed care organizations, health provider networks, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations, public health agencies, pharmaceutical or other medical companies, research firms, non-profit organizations, government agencies or academia.

Learning Outcomes

Public Health - Explain the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.

Role and Importance of Data in Public Health - Explain and utilize the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and explain why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.

Identify and Address Population Health Challenges - Identify and design plans to address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations using the basic processes, approaches, and interventions of population health.Human Health - Describe how the underlying science of human health and disease is necessary to provide opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.

Determinants of Health - Explain the relevance of the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, cultural, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities and utilize those elements to explain and design plans to address public health problems.

Project Implementation - Demonstrate use of the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation to conduct public health interventions.

Health Systems - Explain the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as the similarities and differences in systems of other countries.

Health Policy, Law, Ethics and Economics - Explain basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, including applying those concepts to public health issues. Explain the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.

Health Communication - Demonstrate proficiency in the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.

In this program, you will:

  • Gain foundational public health knowledge and competencies employers seek
  • Apply core concepts and models to current and emerging public health problems
  • Engage in practical hands-on activities to address public health challenges
  • Graduate with a portfolio of academic achievements that demonstrate your public health skills and experiences to future employers

The Learning Environment

Academic programs in undergraduate portion of Public Health consist of coursework both from Public Health (PUB) and from other departments across the university. The public health courses are delivered in person in a classroom setting. Our faculty use a variety of high quality, learner centered teaching techniques in their courses, including projects, in class and out of class activities, and field trips in addition to lecture. Classes range from large, introductory courses at the first and second year level to smaller, more specialized courses at the third year level. In years four and five students move into the graduate portion of the program. The graduate level Public Health courses include the following prefixes: CHB, EEH, & STA. While many courses are in-person only, all of the foundational Public Health courses are offered either online or in-person.

About Our Facilities

The major in public health consists of coursework both from Public Health (PUB, CHB, EEH, & STA) and from other departments across the university. The public health courses are delivered in person in a classroom setting, with some online option at the graduate level. Our faculty use a variety of high quality, learner centered teaching techniques in their courses, including projects, in class and out of class activities, and field trips in addition to lecture. Classes range from large, introductory courses to smaller, more specialized courses.

About Our Faculty

The core faculty for the program in public health come from multiple departments in the School of Public Health and Health Professions. Each faculty member has training in one of the core areas of public health or in a discipline that contributes to the interdisciplinary basis of public health. All of the faculty teaching core courses in the major have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional degree. No core public health courses are currently taught by teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please see the following webpages for more information on our faculty and their research and teaching specializations:

Career Outlook

More information on careers in public health can be found by visiting the following recommended sites:

Academic Advising

The Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) is the centralized advisement and student services unit in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). We provide advisement services to undergraduate students pursuing academic programs offered in our school.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA)
Phone: (716) 829-5000
Email OASA
In-Person: 104A-C Kimball Tower, University at Buffalo South Campus

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are no scholarships, research/travel awards, or other financial assistance specific to the public health major. Students in the program are encouraged to explore university-wide support programs and program faculty and staff can assist students in exploring these options.

Associated Programs

 
Published: Nov 21, 2019 08:27:45