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Is their a public health degree for undergraduate?

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Jennifer’s Answer

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Hi, Andrew!

As you begin your search for possible colleges, it's good to do a broad search online to gather information. A quick search for "public health undergraduate programs" for instance will produce a myriad of results. But with all the information that comes back, it's sometimes hard to know which is the most reliable and you can easily get overwhelmed from the sheer magnitude of information that can be found on the world wide web.

Start by looking at resources that you recognize, such as Peterson's or US News and World Reports. If it's in a specific field, search to see if there is an overarching entity that accredits the program; for example, the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH) for the study of public health. In addition to the information that can be found on ceph.org, an overview of public health programs can be found at https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/public-health-degree-programs/. These resources can help inform about the different types of programs as well as the names of the universities that offer them.

From the vast array of programs, you can then begin to narrow down your choices based on the type of university you want to attend as well as location: public, private; large, small; etc. You may also want to consider which programs feed into specific schools of medicine or other graduate programs, as I see that you may be interested in becoming a doctor.

Whatever you do, try to approach it slowly - trying not to get overwhelmed by all the possibilities. Consider your priorities within your pursuit of higher education, and take it slow and steady. The more time that you spend with it, the more likely you'll be able to find the right program for you.


Best of luck to you!
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Lauren’s Answer

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Hi Andrew,

Yes, I believe there are public health degrees. My school, the University of Georgia, offered an undergraduate degree in health promotion that was essentially a stepping stone to graduate public health degrees.

My recommendation to you would be to research schools with an undergraduate public health option using college board or something similar. Then, also consider what schools you might like to attend and see if they have something in the field but named differently, like UGA with it's health promotion degree.

Thanks,

Lauren
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Hanleigh’s Answer

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Hi! Public health is a growing field and many schools are expanding their college curriculum to include public health programs. I would definitely recommend doing research on schools that have that program. I would also recommend considering other factors that may contribute to your public health program experience. You may want to consider whether or not the school has a sufficient number of research opportunities for you to be involved in. You may also want to consider opportunities for service and outreach within the community. Simply make sure the school you choose has a well-rounded public health program that you think you can learn, grow, and gain valuable experience.
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Richard’s Answer

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Yes. Public health is an excellent choice. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
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Rachel’s Answer

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Absolutely! Public health is an excellent major and can lead to a great career or prepare you for further training in healthcare. Several of my partners in medicine have degrees in public health that have served them well.
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Kieran’s Answer

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Hi there!

Yes some schools do offer a degree in Public Health. My advice would be to start researching schools and narrow it down to what interests you most, it could be the location of the schools, what type of internships the school partners with, etc.

Best of luck!

Kieran recommends the following next steps:

  • Start researching schools and narrow it down to what interests you most, it could be the location of the schools, what type of internships the school partners with, etc.
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Rachel Plafker’s Answer

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Actually . . there are public health programs for Undergrads. University of Michigan comes to mind.

"Michigan Public Health offers two upper-level bachelor's degrees—a BS in Public Health Sciences and a BA in Community and Global Public Health. The undergraduate public health major is an upper-level degree program—apply in your sophomore year and spend junior and senior year at Michigan Public Health."
I am sure there are others.
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Estelle’s Answer

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Yes! Public health is an exciting and fulfilling career! If you want to start in undergrad, consider these colleges in the link below:

https://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/public-health-degrees/
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David’s Answer

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Hello there:

Yes, there is a lot of Colleges and Universities in the area as well as the Tri-State Colleges and Universities since I see that you are from New York and there is a lot of good Public Health college program. I went to Temple University is Philadelphia and in Philadelphia there is a lot of University has the BS degree for Public Health as well as graduate program too. It is all depend what school and what area you want to stay in or earn your degree.

I took some courses while I was in college but I did not pursue in the Public Health area, I got my biology and legal study degree only.
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Andrew’s Answer

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There are a number of schools of public health from which you can earn an undergraduate degree. Check out the following link for accredited programs and additional information.

https://www.apha.org/professional-development/public-health-careermart/schools-of-public-health

Depending on your ultimate goal you may want to pursue an MPH or a doctorate. This is a really important field that has many rewarding opportunities. Good luck!
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