Department of Public Health

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The 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.