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When the world is seized by a global pandemic, public health professionals provide much-needed guidance and expertise. To respond to an increased need for public health experts, GMercyU is launching an innovative Public Health Program for fall 2021.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the health field but prefer not to work in a clinical setting, our baccalaureate degree in public health is an excellent choice. The public health field spans population health, health education and promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology, and environmental health. With a degree in public health from GMercyU, you could help to promote the health and well-being of populations and communities — and address social inequity in the form of health disparities.
With GMercyU's 4+1 MPH program option, students can earn both a bachelor of science (BS) degree in Public Health and a master’s degree in public health (MPH) in just five years. Take graduate credits during your senior year – as part of your undergraduate tuition – and then seamlessly complete your online MPH the following year.
Applicants requesting admission to the 4+1 MPH program must have junior status in GMercyU’s BSPH program and meet the following requirements:
Our Public Health Program is CHES-eligible, meaning you’ll be prepped and ready to sit for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) credential exam before entering the workforce.
The program also offers direct entry to GMercyU’s new Master’s in Public Health (MPH) Program. And, it is the only program of its kind to offer our unique set of elective options that span the sciences, communication, health administration, and the social determinants of health.
More benefits include:
And, you will learn at an institution whose history and mission is rooted in service – at GMercyU, we have been developing change-makers and social justice advocates for decades.
Public health students must complete 48 credits in public health courses. The following is an example of the curriculum.
|PUB 100||Introduction to Public Health|
|PUB 200||Health Behavior & Health Education|
|PUB 220||Environmental Health|
|PUB 250||Global Health|
|PUB 300||Human Disease and Disease Prevention|
|PUB 310||Health Disparities|
|PUB 320||Health Communications|
|PUB 330||Epidemiology and Population Health|
|PUB 340||Health Systems, Policies and Advocacy|
|PUB 380||Research in Public Health|
|PUB 400||Planning Public Health Interventions|
|PUB 405||Evaluating Public Health Interventions|
|PUB 480||Public Health Professional Seminar|
|PUB 490||Public Health Internship|
|PUB 495||Public Health Grantwriting Capstone|
Students must also complete 9 credit hours in an elective concentration, or from a list of electives, to complement their public health coursework. This major also includes a 3-credit seminar for exploring possible internships, a 6-credit internship, and a 3-credit capstone course. Note: Senior year for 4+1 MPH students will look different.
Increase the value of your public health degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of complementary minors, so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.
As Public Health major at GMercyU, you will complete a seminar focused on exploring internship opportunities, so you can find the right fit for your interests. Then, in your final semester in the Program, you will gain invaluable experience in a setting that matches your unique career goals. Here are just a few of your internship options:
Public health is a field in need of workers! Even before the COVID-19 public health emergency, job opportunities in this field were expected to increase nationally by 10% through 2028, Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. According to a 2017 survey of state and local public health workers, 22% planned to retire in the next five years (de Beaumont Foundation, 2019).
In the Philadelphia area, those with a public health bachelor's degree earn a median salary of about $68,000 – more than twice the average wage for the region, according to a survey conducted by Burning Glass Technologies.
Public health is a broad and diverse field. Experts are needed all over the world to work for government health departments and agencies, private corporations, non-profit organizations, community clinics, schools, and more. Jobs for those with a bachelor’s in public health can include these careers and more:
Earn a master's degree in public health (MPH) to advance your career!