Public Health (B.S.)

Public Health (B.S.)

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Liberty's Public Health Program prepares students for careers in health-related professions, wellness, injury prevention, and disease prevention through either the Health Promotion Concentration or the Pre-Clinical Concentration.

 

Health Promotion Concentration

The Health Promotion Concentration trains students to serve as health education specialists in the health care industry, business, government, and in non-profit organizations. It also trains those seeking graduate studies in clinical fields, public health, and more. Health promotion students qualify and are encouraged to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Pre-Clinical Concentration

The Pre-Clinical Concentration prepares students for entrance into medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition or other allied health graduate programs. Pre-Clinical students also qualify to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Degree Offerings


Career Opportunities

  • Community Health Advocate/Worker
  • Community Health Assessment Coordinator
  • Department of Health
  • Environmental Health Inspector
  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Global Health Worker
  • Graduate School for a Health Field
  • Grant Writer
  • Health Care Social Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Hospice/Nursing Home Educator
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Medical Supply Sales Representative
  • Nonprofit Organization Educator
  • Nutritionist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Public Health Communication and Marketing Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Wellness Programmer
  • Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Case Manager

Certified Health Education Specialist

A Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) is a professional who has successfully passed the credentialing exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Students majoring in public health are eligible to take the CHES exam, which tests students' knowledge of the Areas of Responsibility. Employers tend to prefer graduates who are CHES certified, as passing the exam demonstrates that the student is qualified to be a health educator.

Seven Areas of Responsibility for a Certified Health Education Specialist

  1. Assess Needs, Assets, and Capacity for Health Education
  2. Plan Health Education
  3. Implement Health Education
  4. Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
  5. Administer and Manage Health Education
  6. Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
  7. Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education