Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education (B.S.P.H.E.)
Educate the public about healthy practices to improve wellness and quality of life.
Study at North Dakota's only Public Health degree program. Graduate qualified to serve
the public in community health clinics, hospitals, government agencies, schools, and
On Campus or Online
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Why earn a public health degree?
The Public Health Education program is based on a strong foundation in the health
sciences, social sciences and psychology. You'll think critically and scientifically,
while enhancing communication skills and leadership experiences with a focus on social
justice. You will be exposed to the ethical principles of public health practice in
your work with diverse populations.
Public health students experience:
Applied learning. All students complete a 12-credit internship, engage in service-learning projects,
and are encouraged to participate in public health study abroad opportunities.
Flexibility and convenience. Earn your public health degree online or on-campus.
Opportunities for advancement. Earn both your undergraduate and graduate degrees at UND in just five years.
You'll study core areas of public health including:
Social and behavioral sciences
Health policy and management
You'll have the option to choose a path that allows you to serve the broader public
or one that prepares you to teach health education in schools. Advanced skills in
health communication may also prove beneficial to students with graduate and professional
interests in medicine, nursing and allied health.
UND's Public Health Education Degree
Learn the principles of evidence-based public health and key elements such as health
communications, health policy, law, and ethics.
Understand how community health programs are developed and implemented.
Apply skills and knowledge in a supervised internship and service-learning projects.
The value of public health educators to society has been highlighted significantly with
the COVID-19 pandemic. As researchers and educators, we play a critical role in preparing
the next generation of public health problem solvers.
The B.S. in Public Health Education will allow you to pursue careers in:
Community, rural and global health
Health informatics, economics and biostatistics
Health policy and health planning and assessment
Health services research
Maternal and child health
Public health education, including teaching health in schools
Wellness program management
Public health practitioners work in a variety of settings such as community health
clinics, hospitals, community centers and nonprofit organizations. They also work
in corporate and work site wellness programs.
Another career option is local or state health departments, or local parks and recreation
departments that run health and wellness programs.
Public Health Degree Jobs
UND Public Health Education graduates have gone on to a variety of successful careers
Altru Health System
Centura Health Corporation
District Health Department
Public Health Degree Skills
A Public Health Education degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
Data Collection and Analysis
Public Health Education Degree Courses
PHE 304. Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to prepare public health educators to plan, implement, and evaluate health education programs that are context sensitive, culturally relevant, and technologically appropriate to the setting, the population of potential learners, and the resources available. Additionally, concepts and theories essential to program evaluation are highlighted. Prerequisites: Public Health Education major, PHE 101, and PHE 301. S.
PHE 307. Methods and Materials of Health Education. 3 Credits.
Principles and application of methodology for educating about health; learning styles; development of computer-generated learning materials; selection, utilization, and evaluation of resources. Prerequisite: PHE 101. F.
PHE 303. Organization and Administration of Community Health Programs. 3 Credits.
The purpose of this course is to provide the students with the basic principles of the organization and administration of health programs; leadership skills; grant writing. Prerequisite: PHE 101. S.
PHE 305. Research Methods in Kinesiology & Public Health Education. 3 Credits.
This course will engage students to understand and evaluate research in kinesiology and public health education. Quantitative and qualitative research methodology will be discussed. Prerequisites: Public Health Education or Kinesiology Major, PHE 101, and PHE 102. S.
PHE 415. Public Health Internship. 1-12 Credits.
A supervised practical experience designed to provide the student the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned through their public health coursework. Prerequisites: Public Health Education major, PHE 301,PHE 302, PHE 303, PHE 304, PHE 305, PHE 306, and PHE 307. Repeatable to 12.00 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.
PHE 306. Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 3 Credits.
An introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics in public health. Prerequisites: Public Health Education Major, PHE 101, PHE 102 and MATH 103. S.
Leaders in Public Health
Madison Wahlen is a graduate from the Public Health Education program at UND, and
is currently completing the requirements for a dual M.D. and Ph.D.