The public health profession focuses on helping individuals and communities improve and maintain their overall health and wellness using a holistic approach. In contrast to the “clinical” approach doctors and other healthcare professionals take to cure disease, public health educators focus on “preventive” measures designed to minimize illness and promote long-term wellbeing.
Students who successfully complete the program may pursue graduate studies in the field or choose from a variety of career paths, including employment as community health educators, public health environmentalists, worksite health promotion directors, pharmaceutical representatives, health and wellness instructors, and nursing home activities directors. The program also prepares graduates to seek designation as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Students in the Public Health program benefit from Johnson’s affordable tuition and an experienced and engaged faculty passionate about each student’s success. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and an Arts & Sciences Core. Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.
When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:
Understand and employ knowledge about the principles of lifetime health and fitness.
Identify, evaluate, and acquire valid sources of health information to achieve health literacy
Practice knowledge and skills for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of disease prevention and health promotion programs within diverse communities.
Serve as health education resource persons and engage in health advocacy.
Appreciate the distinctiveness and richness of diverse societies and cultures and learn to view the world from perspectives other than their own.
For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.