Public health

Chair: L. Fleming Fallon, Jr.
Graduate Coordinator: Philip Welch
Address: 105 Health & Human Services
Phone: 419-372-6040
Email: pjwelch@bgsu.edu

Degrees Offered
Master of Public Health (MPH)

Program Offered
Master of Public Health (MPH) Consortium program with University of Toledo
(Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health)
Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health – also part of the consortium

Accreditation
Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Prerequisites to Graduate Work
It is expected that all applicants will have successfully completed college-level courses in mathematics, biology, and the social sciences. Completion of college-level courses in chemistry and microbiology are required for admission to the Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety Science major and are recommended, but not required, for the other majors.

Admission Procedure

Applicants seeking admission should follow the instructions outlined on the Graduate Admissions webpage.

Applicants must adhere to the admission guidelines as articulated on the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health website: http://nocph.org/ For regular admission, applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent); and submit three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from individuals holding a graduate degree). Applicants not meeting these criteria may be eligible for conditional admission but must submit GRE scores. International applicants must submit GRE and TOEFL scores.

Degree Requirements
The Master of Public Health degree program provides advanced study beyond the bachelor degree for persons wishing to update professional skills and obtain new competencies in the area of public health. The program prepares students to enhance public health in the community and to become advocates for needed change. Graduates will be prepared to assess factors affecting health, critique and apply research findings, and, in turn, develop strategies and implement various measures for health promotion and disease prevention. The program is composed of a consortium that includes BGSU and The University of Toledo (UT). The MPH degree is awarded jointly by the two consortial institutions. MPH students have library, computer, parking, and other privileges at both institutions. For more information about the consortium, see: http://www.nocphmph.org/

Students gain specialized training in one or more of the following five majors:

        · Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety Science: Graduates of this major are prepared           to address environmental and occupational health issues for industries, agencies, and                           organizations from scientific, technical, and administrative perspectives.

        · Health Promotion and Education: Graduates are prepared to assist communities, organizations,           and individuals in working towards a healthier society by using appropriate educational,                       behavioral, and social change strategies.

        · Public Health Administration: Graduates are prepared to assume administrative roles in                       government and community agencies, health care facilities, and private industry.

        · Public Health Nutrition: Graduates are prepared in nutrition disease prevention and health                   promotion and apply this knowledge to planning, managing, delivering, and evaluating nutrition           services and programs.

        · Public Health Epidemiology: Graduates are prepared to quantify the distribution and establish               the determinants of health problems by describing and analyzing the biological, environmental,           social and behavioral factors affecting health, illness, and premature death.

Students complete six core courses (18 credit hours): four major courses (12 credit hours) three elective courses (nine credit hours) and a capstone experience consisting of an internship or scholarly project (three credit hours) and an integrative seminar (three credit hours). For a list of the approved Public Health program courses, please see http://nocph.org/

Graduate Courses
Please access graduate courses online by clicking the “Browsing Course Catalog” button at http://www.bgsu.edu/registration-records/courses-and-classes/class-course-information.html. Graduate courses offered by the Public Health program use the prefix PUBH.