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CEPH-accreditationThe Department of Public Health embraces the mission of William Paterson University: to strive for lifelong learning, excellence, diversity and community. The department is committed to preparing students to understand and critically analyze public health issues, to recognize the importance of health disparities, and to understand the local, national and global dimensions of public health issues. The department also fosters intellectual curiosity and creativity in problem solving to effectively address public health challenges in communities and populations, and aims to provide a foundation of core health knowledge enhanced by interdisciplinary study to promote health at all levels for all people. 

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BS in Public Health – General Track
  • BS in Public Health Education
  • BS in Health Studies
  • Minor in Public Health
  • Minor in Health Studies
  • K-12 School Health Teacher Endorsement for Physical Education Majors

With a BS in public health–general track, students may pursue a variety of career and graduate education opportunities. While there are many sub-fields within the field of public health, potential career pathways include environmental health, substance abuse prevention, health services research, and health management, to name a few. Students who pursue graduate education in public health can pursue careers in fields such as epidemiology or health administration.

With a bachelor's degree in public health education and CHES certification, graduates are eligible to pursue a wide variety of positions in the field of health education at various settings including municipal health departments, hospitals, non-governmental organizations, colleges/universities, and business settings.  Furthermore, student with a degree in health education may pursue any of the careers and graduate education opportunities listed for the general track majors.

The health studies program is a general health-related degree that is specifically aimed at students who: have completed an AA/AS or an AAS in an allied health discipline and wish to earn a health-related bachelor's degree; are seeking advancement at their current place of employment in the health/health care industry; want a foundation in the study of human health before pursuing additional graduate training in clinical health science professions (best when combined with a major or minor in biology, chemistry, or other program under advisement); are interested in health, but who do not want to pursue professional preparation in public health or related careers; or want to enroll in a health-related degree completion program that will lead to timely graduation from the university.

K-12 School Health Teacher Endorsement:  Upon completion of the physical education program and successful completion of the Praxis exam, students will be eligible to teach K-12 health courses in the state of New Jersey.

Public Health Mission Statement

The Department is committed to preparing students to understand and critically analyze public health issues, to appreciate the importance of health disparities, and to understand the local, national and global dimensions of public health issues. The Department is committed to fostering intellectual curiosity and creativity in problem solving to effectively address public health challenges in communities and populations. The Department aims to provide a foundation of core health knowledge enhanced by interdisciplinary study to promote health at all levels for all people.

Health Studies - BS Mission Statement

The BS in Health Studies is a generic program that seeks to prepare students with the health knowledge and skills necessary to understand and navigate the US healthcare system, to be an informed consumer of health information, and to critically assess personal health behavior, health status, and associated health risks.

Health Studies - BS Goals

  1. To provide a relevant course of study for students who have completed an AAS in an allied health discipline and wish to earn a bachelor's degree to complement their current career.
  2. To provide a relevant course of study for students who currently work in the healthcare industry in a non-clinical role and wish to earn a bachelor's degree to complement their current career.
  3. To provide a relevant course of study for students who want a foundation in the study of human health before pursuing additional graduate training in clinical health science professions.
  4. To provide a general course of study for students who are interested in personal health and wellness, but who do not want to pursue a career-preparatory degree program.

Health Studies - BS Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to critically review research methodology, data, and recommendations.
  2. Students will be able to locate valid sources of health and disease information.
  3. Students will be able to analyze the factors that contribute to the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.
  4. Students will be able to describe the organization and administration of healthcare in the United States.
  5. Students will be able to investigate and critically assess physical, social, emotional, and intellectual factors influencing health behaviors.
  6. Students will be able to critically discuss the relationship between culture and health.

Public Health Education - BS Mission Statement

To prepare students with the knowledge of public health practice, principles and methods, and the skills necessary to utilize these to improve the health of the public. This is achieved through a foundation in general education, the biological, social and behavioral sciences, research, and the core content areas of public health enhanced by a semester long internship in a public health setting.

Public Health Education - BS Goals

To prepare public health educators with the skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively in a health education setting and to attain the certified health education specialist credential.

Public Health Education – BS Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to discuss the role of gender, race, ethnicity, and other evolving demographics in affecting population health.
  2. Students will be able to identify public health and related roles and responsibilities of government, non-governmental agencies, & private organizations.
  3. Students will be able to explain the organizational structure, financing, and delivery of personal health care and public health services impact population health.
  4. Students will be able to conduct a literature search on a health issue using a variety of academic and public resources.
  5. Students will be able to analyze ethical concerns and conflicts of interest that arise in the field of public health.
  6. Students will be able to list the leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and health disparities among local, regional, and global populations.
  7. Students will be able to utilize scientific data, including tools of informatics, and other information for assessing the well-being of a community.
  8. Students will be able to apply the multiple determinants of health.
  9. Students will be able to discuss the importance of community engagement in promoting population health and social justice.
  10. Students will be able to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to teamwork for improving population health.
  11. Students will be able to assess the need for health education.
  12. Students will be able to implement health education/promotion interventions.
  13. Students will be able to plan health education/promotion programs/interventions.
  14. Students will be able to evaluate health education/ promotion programs/interventions.
  15. Students will be able to administer health education programs and interventions.
  16. Students will be able to serve as a resource person for health information.
  17. Students will be able to communicate needs for health education/promotion services.

Public Health General - BS Mission Statement

To prepare students with the knowledge of public health practice, principles and methods, and the skills necessary to utilize these to improve the health of the public. This is achieved through a foundation in general education, the biological, social and behavioral sciences, research, and the core content areas of public health enhanced by a semester long internship in a public health setting.

Public Health General - BS Goals

To prepare public health generalists with the skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively from a public health perspective.

Public Health General - BS Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will discuss the role of gender, race, ethnicity, and other evolving demographics in affecting population health.
  2. Students will be able to identify public health and related roles and responsibilities of government, non-governmental agencies, & private organizations.
  3. Students will be able to explain the organizational structure, financing, and delivery of personal health care and public health services impact population health.
  4. Students will be able to conduct a literature search on a health issue using a variety of academic and public resources.
  5. Students will be able to analyze ethical concerns and conflicts of interest that arise in the field of public health.
  6. Students will be able to list the leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and health disparities among local, regional, and global populations.
  7. Students will be able to utilize scientific data, including tools of informatics, and other information for assessing the well-being of a community.
  8. Students will be able to apply the multiple determinants of health.
  9. Students will be able to discuss the importance of community engagement in promoting population health and social justice.
  10. Students will be able to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to teamwork for improving population health.