|Barbra J. Beck
The mission of public health is to fulfill society’s interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. Public health carries out its mission through organized, interdisciplinary efforts that address the physical, mental, and environmental health concerns of communities and populations at risk for disease and injury. Its mission is achieved through the application of health promotion and disease prevention technologies and interventions designed to improve and enhance quality of life. The core areas of public health include health services administration, biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioral sciences/health education and environmental health sciences.
Students in the Public Health major will also become eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). NCHEC’s voluntary professional certification program establishes a national standard for individual health education practitioners. Health educators are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people. These activities can take place in a variety of settings that include schools, communities, health care facilities, businesses, colleges and government agencies. Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) are those who have met the standards of competence established by NCHEC and have successfully passed the CHES examination. The CHES designation after a health educator’s name is an indication of professional competency and commitment to continued professional development.
Learning Outcomes for the Public Health Program
Public health students will be:
1. Exposed to the science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course; and able to
2. Articulate the historical and physiological foundations of public health as well as its core values, concepts and functions across the globe and society;
3. Use the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection in order to apply evidence-based approaches to public health problems;
4. Identify the major health related needs and concerns of the population and address these through the planning, implementation, and evaluation of interventions;
5. Identify soci-economic, behavioral, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities;
6. Identify the fundamental characteristic and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as differences in the systems of other countries;
7. Address the basic legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of public health and the policies, roles and responsibilities of different agencies and branches of government; and
8. Demonstrate public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing, the use of mass media, and electronic technology.
These learning outcomes are delivered through a focused curriculum in disease prevention, quantitative skills, health service organization and delivery, and community dimensions of practice.
- Health Education
- Health Care Administration
Admission and Progression Standards
Students will be subject to Carroll University admission and progression standards.
Caregiver Background and Criminal History Check
The student must complete a Background Information Disclosure Form prior to community placements. Certain convictions may prevent or significantly limit the ability of the university to place a student in the field experience and internship courses resulting in the student being unable to meet the university’s graduation requirements.