The public health field is one of the fastest growing, most exciting, and versatile areas of study on college campuses across the United States. Mason students are prepared for this dynamic field through our Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH)-accredited BS in Community Health program. Community Health students acquire the competencies and skills necessary to develop, apply, and evaluate evidenced-based approaches to improving public health. Students explore all aspects of public health, including community health, global health, health education, health promotion, advocacy, program planning, and epidemiology.
The global health minor is designed to increase students’ awareness of the major health problems and issues that transcend national boundaries. Students examine the public health implications of globalization and learn to think critically about how specific global health challenges may be solved in culturally appropriate ways. The minor will enhance the education of students who are planning to work in in a variety of settings with a global health focus, including health care, government, education, and non-governmental organizations.
Numerous chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression, can be prevented, delayed, or managed with proper physical activity. Students completing the minor in Physical Activity in Public Health gain knowledge regarding the impact of physical activity on health. Students also learn to advocate for policy and systems changes at the population level, which improves public health and enables equitable opportunities to enjoy physically active lives.
The minor in public health prepares students with a broad and baseline understanding of public health. Students are introduced to various topics that comprise public health, including global health, environmental health, epidemiology, health behaviors, and biostatistics.
The accelerated MPH degree program is designed for Mason’s highly qualified and highly motivated undergraduates. It is expected that students will have a minimum 3.25 GPA in public health relevant coursework.