Public Health, B.S.

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Earn a Public Health degree at MTSU for a healthy community. Be a leader in health education, management, and more.

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Public Health, B.S.

The Public Health Bachelor of Science program is offered through the College of Behavioral and Health Science at MTSU.

Everyone deserves an equitable chance to be healthy! Public health uses an interdisciplinary approach to keeping a community or population as healthy as possible. Rather than focusing on providing medical treatment after individuals become ill, public health focuses on keeping communities healthy to begin with. Graduates of Public Health are equipped to work as health education specialists, community health workers, public health analysts, environmental specialists, health services managers, program managers, in coordinated school health, or with non-profit organizations. Additionally, our graduates are well-positioned for graduate programs in the fields of epidemiology or biostatistics. We know our students are the future leaders of public health, a field with much faster than average job growth according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Our goal is not only to ensure that you are well-equipped to be successful professionally but also to support you as much as possible while you are pursuing your education with us. The major in Public Health provides basic experiences for those interested in preparing for numerous health and health-related professions. The Public Health major is designed to prepare future leaders in community and public health strategies so that they may influence changes in public health practice for individuals, organizations, and/or communities.

This major also serves as an appealing B.S. degree for students interested in allied health graduate programs, such as physician assistant programs and medical school. MTSU also offers an MPH or Ph.D. with a Concentration in Public Health for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree.

MTSU’s Community and Public Health program is accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health.

Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH); the nationally recognized accrediting body for public health (https://ceph.org/).

You may request a copy of the program’s CEPH Accreditation Report and the Final Self-Study Report by sending a request to [email protected].

 

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Student-led MTSU Relay for Life raises nearly $12,950 to battle cancer

Student-led MTSU Relay for Life raises nearly $12,950 to battle cancer

With a very personal reason for volunteering along with dozens of others, Lily Bradney kept making bike-powered smoothies for people participating in the annual Middle Tennessee State University Relay for Life.

Bradney, 19, a junior public health major from Cleveland, Tennessee, and fellow students prepared the smoothies Friday, March 24, on the basketball courts in the Health, Wellness and Recreation Center. Smoothie buyers pedaled a stationary bike to turn the ice and fruit into an enjoyable beverage.

Students, faculty and others gathered to wrap up the student-led 2023 MTSU Relay for Life — a very successful relay event as the $12,942.76 raised exceeded the $10,000 goal.

Public health graduate students sweep CBHS awards at MTSU’s annual research expo

Public health graduate students sweep CBHS awards at MTSU’s annual research expo

Research conducted by graduate students in MTSU’s Public Health program within the Department of Health and Human Performance swept the top prizes at the university’s annual research and creative activity “Scholars Week” event in the graduate-level College of Behavioral and Health Sciences category.

Public health students presented 10 projects total at the event, consistent with the program’s aims to “engage in collaborative research and other evidence-based initiatives that help inform and communicate public health issues through a health equity lens.”

News Briefs

Student-led MTSU Relay for Life raises nearly $12,950 to battle cancer

With a very personal reason for volunteering along with dozens of others, Lily Bradney kept making bike-powered smoothies for people participating in the annual Middle Tennessee State University Relay for Life.

Bradney, 19, a junior public health major from Cleveland, Tennessee, and fellow students prepared the smoothies Friday, March 24, on the basketball courts in the Health, Wellness and Recreation Center. Smoothie buyers pedaled a stationary bike to turn the ice and fruit into an enjoyable beverage.

Students, faculty and others gathered to wrap up the student-led 2023 MTSU Relay for Life — a very successful relay event as the $12,942.76 raised exceeded the $10,000 goal.

Public health graduate students sweep CBHS awards at MTSU’s annual research expo

Research conducted by graduate students in MTSU’s Public Health program within the Department of Health and Human Performance swept the top prizes at the university’s annual research and creative activity “Scholars Week” event in the graduate-level College of Behavioral and Health Sciences category.

Public health students presented 10 projects total at the event, consistent with the program’s aims to “engage in collaborative research and other evidence-based initiatives that help inform and communicate public health issues through a health equity lens.”

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There are many interesting and exciting job opportunities working in elementary and high schools, health care, businesses and industries, and colleges and universities. Graduates also can find employment on the federal, state, county, or local government levels. Examples of professions graduates might pursue include:
  • Community Health Worker
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Health Services Manager
  • Lifestyle Coach
  • Policy Advisor
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Evaluator
  • Program Planner
  • Project Coordinator
  • Public Health/Program Analyst
  • School Health Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Wellness Coordinator

Employers of MTSU alumni include, but are not limited to:

  • American Diabetes Association
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Foundation for Wellness Professions
  • Golden Living Center (nursing home and assisted living)
  • Healthways Inc.
  • Human Resources/Health Benefits Departments
  • Kandy Kastle 2nd Generation Daycare
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Onlife Health
  • RMS Spectrum Services
  • Rutherford County Department of Health
  • Southeast Michigan Beacon Community
  • Sports 4 All Foundation
  • Tennessee Cancer Coalition
  • Tennessee Department of Health
  • Unique Medical, Inc.
  • Vanderbilt General Pediatrics
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • York VA Medical Center

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