Today’s students have an enhanced global perspective of public health given their exposure to infectious disease, disasters, tobacco, chronic disease, obesity, the expanding aging population, and the changing landscape of healthcare. This exposure has reinforced the need to create a competently-trained public health workforce. According to the U.S Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 19-21 percent from 2012–22, higher than the average of other occupations. By 2020, the United States will need 250,000 additional public health professionals, according to estimates by the Association of Schools of Public Health.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health provides students with a strong foundation of biology, population health, social and environmental determinants of health, and strategies related to disease prevention and health promotion—all critical to addressing health threats and strengthening the public health workforce. Public health’s interprofessional nature is ideally suited within an undergraduate curriculum, giving students an opportunity to apply core concepts to a myriad of fields, including public health, clinical practice, research, or a non-health profession such as business or engineering.
This program is the first in the nation to offer a seven-year Bachelor of Science in Public Health/ Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The accelerated option of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in seven years supports the increasing demand for a public health workforce while providing interested students with the opportunity to make an early commitment to a pre-medical and medical program that offers a competitive advantage, both in the quality of educational experience and in the expedience of degree attainment. A 4 + 4 option is also available for students wishing to pursue four years of public health education prior to beginning their medical school curriculum. Students who pursue the Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine will be actively mentored by designated College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty and have the opportunity to participate in global and domestic medical outreach opportunities. The BSPH curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary coursework to complete both the general education requirements, public health requirements, and the pre-med requirements.