Public Health

Public Health

What is Public Health?

"The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals."
—CEA Winslow

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Health (formerly known as Health Promotion) is to prepare students for the multidisciplinary field of practice concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining the public's health. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc. (www.nchec.org) identifies seven areas of responsibility for health educators. The program is grounded in these seven areas and students will be prepared to sit for this optional certification exam.

Is Public Health right for you?

When considering a career in public health, it is important to understand research and education are foundational to the profession. The knowledge and skills to take scientific information and translate that into usable, friendly material to the average person is key to a career in public health.

The desire for social justice and environmental health help significantly when addressing public health issues. An individual who is interested in health and well-being, driven to help others and enjoys research and education makes an excellent candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

What can I do with a degree in Public Health?

A degree in Public Health prepares students for a multidisciplinary field concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining health.

It is very typical for today's graduates to continue on to get their Masters in Public Health. However, a variety of career paths for those holding a Bachelor's degree exists, including applying skills in schools, hospitals, health care facilities, work places, communities, government and non-profit organizations worldwide. Graduates of the B.S. in Public Health can also become health educators or community education specialists.

What are essential Public Health services?

      1. Monitor Health
      2. Diagnose and Investigate
      3. Inform, Educate, Empower
      4. Mobilize Community Partnership
      5. Develop Policies
      6. Enforce Laws
      7. Link to/Provide Care
      8. Assure a Competent Workforce
      9. Evaluate
      10. Research

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Introduction to Public Health. In: Public Health 101 Series. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealth101/public-health.html.

Ready for more information?

If you would like to learn more about the Public Health program at USCB please contact
Dr. Diana Reindl, PhD CHES, Program Coordinator at 843-208-8124, publichealth@uscb.edu.