School & Program Updates

School & Program Updates

Georgia Program Initiatives Prep Undergrads for Careers in Public Health

With nearly 650 students enrolled in its undergraduate programs, the University of Georgia College of Public Health (CPH) continues to expand its options for undergraduate training in public health.

Students seeking a BS in Environmental Health (BSEH) can now focus on one of two areas of emphasis – Advanced Science and Pre-Med (ASP) or Public Health Practitioner (PHP).  The ASP emphasis prepares students for an advanced science degree or graduate program in any number of health professions. The PHP emphasis, the program’s most recent addition, prepares students for jobs in the field as industrial hygienists, environmental health specialists, public health workers, and safety inspectors.

[Photo: UGA College of Public Health students at work in the Institute for Disaster Management’s new Emergency Operations Center. Credit: Mr. Jason Thrasher]

A third area of emphasis is now being offered to students admitted in the College’s BS in Health Promotion (BSHP) degree program.  The newly launched Behavioral Medicine area of emphasis will provide advanced training to pre-medicine students interested in expanding their expertise in disease prevention and community health. Health promotion degree program already offers emphases in health promotion and health services, which offer unique tracks for students seeking careers in community health and wellness or advanced pre-health professional training respectively.

Over the last year, the UGA College of Public Health has added a new undergraduate minor in health policy and management for students with an interest in health policy and health care systems governance and management. Through the College’s Institute for Disaster Management, UGA undergraduates can now seek either a minor or certificate in disaster management to gain additional training in disaster preparedness and emergency management.  The College already offers undergraduate minors in public health, environmental health science, and global health, as well as an undergraduate certificate in global health through the College’s Global Health Institute.

UGA undergraduates motivated to pursue a career in public health are increasingly taking advantage of the accelerated master’s programs offered by the College of Public Health in collaboration with the UGA Graduate School.  These programs allow students to expedite completion of both a bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in as little as five years.

Because of its strong focus on undergraduate public health education, the UGA College of Public Health’s undergraduate programs have attracted a significant number of students from outside of Georgia. Over the last three years, these students have come from 26 U.S. States and 22 countries and make up 10 percent of the College’s total undergraduate enrollment.

In addition, research, internships, service learning, study abroad and other significant learning opportunities for CPH undergraduates have been further enhanced by the University of Georgia’s new experiential learning requirement for all UGA undergraduate students.

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