Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)
With health and human science at the center of Baylor University’s nationally accredited Public Health undergraduate program, students will have multiple coursework and hands-on opportunities to explore the various social determinants of community health in a modern healthcare workplace. Students will engage with course material that addresses the many inequities within current healthcare systems and will learn to become passionate and equitable public health professionals.
With small class sizes and a cohort model as the structure for BSPH students’ core classes, students will have many opportunities to form strong and lasting relationships with their peers, professors, and faculty. This relational community-building extends beyond the classroom and into the local Waco community through projects like Church Under the Bridge, a health fair put on by first-semester Baylor Public Health students for the benefit of the underserved communities of Waco.
Baylor’s Department of Public Health in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences designed a curriculum with the seven Core Competencies of Public Health professionals as its foundation. A BSPH student at Baylor couples the necessary and foundational coursework with 18 hours of electives; as such, students have the freedom to choose courses that align with their interests, passions, and/or other academic pursuits. The degree program culminates with an internship that allows students to participate in a community health setting, apply their knowledge, gain real-world experience, and develop networks with potential employers.
The Public Health Profession
Receiving your Bachelor of Science in Public Health is the first step in your pursuit of a Public Health career that serves to enhance and advance healthcare quality, availability, and equity for all. The Public Health discipline comprises a vast array of fields and subfields, but all strive toward a common goal: to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life within the communities and populations they serve. Across these varying fields, healthcare careers range from biostatistics, policy consulting, epidemiology research, healthcare administration, non-profit advocacy and leadership, to health education and others. With respect to health education: of those Baylor Public Health graduates who have taken the national certification exam, 100% have succeeded in becoming Certified Health Education Specialists.
Baylor's program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Learn more at ceph.org.
For more information, please contact Margo Shanks, Undergraduate Program Director, at Margo_Shanks@baylor.edu or 254-710-4021.