"The greatest wealth is health"
What is public health?
Public health is a people-oriented, service profession within the health field, focused on educating and making contributions to the overall health and well-being of people and society. Professionals are focused on prevention, rather than treatment, of disease through research, promotion, policy-making, publications, and education. Public health has become a rapidly growing field, as government agencies, clinics, and hospitals see the need for prevention of disease, as treatment of preventable diseases has become a great expense to society. Some important issues that concern public health professionals include substance abuse, safety, HIV/STDs, nutrition, high blood pressure, smoking, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer research, and obesity.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program at William Paterson University is housed in the College of Science and Health. Aside from the required 34 credits of core courses, public health majors must take 7-8 co-requisites from other science disciplines and 17 credits of major-specific GE requirements. Classes within the major include, but are not limited to Health Education: Theory and Practice, Community Health Program Planning, Human Disease, Nutrition, and Environmental Health. Students may choose to select a concentration in Nutrition or Gerontology. There is a 12 credit full-time internship during students' senior year.
To learn more about the degree requirements, please visit this link:
Admissions information on Public Health is located here:
Interests and Skills
- Enjoy working with people
- Understanding of, and interest in, health issues and social service
- Good oral communication skills
- Research skills
- Leadership skills in group settings
- Excellent writing skills
- Ability to analyze effectiveness of programs and courses
- Ability to be an advocate for community and individual needs
People working within the field of public health have a number of options in terms of work environment. Public health professionals may choose to work in public health departments, hospitals, community non-profit agencies, schools, health maintenance organizations, private companies, and government organizations. Some job titles may require further education beyond a bachelor's degree.
Possible Job Titles
Prevention Program Director
Community Resource Coordinator Village Care of NY
Coordinator, Staff Kessler Rehabilitation
Family Service Specialist DYFS
Family Service Specialist Hackensack University Medical Center
Health Educator Chilton Memorial Hospital
Program Specialist, Gerontology Chilton Memorial Hospital
Sanitary Inspector Bergen County Health Department
Substance Abuse Counselor Essex Substance Abuse Treatment
Assistant Director, Senior Center Community Development
Health Educator Planned Parenthood
Program Coordinator American Lung Association of NJ
Community Relations Director American Cancer Society
Intake Coordinator Pediatric Services of America
Administrator, International Marketing The Hertz Corporatoin
Enhance Your Qualifications
Successful students tend to seek out opportunities to enhance their qualifications through a variety of means. Within public health, some suggestions may include joining or becoming a leader in health career-related campus organizations; reading health journals; gaining practical experience through an internship/practicum/job shadowing; joining a professional organization; volunteering at a non-profit organization; looking into the possibility of graduate school; and attending networking functions.
Related Web Sites
Public Health Information www.whatispublichealth.org
American Public Health Association www.apha.org
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Community Health Charities www.healthcharities.org
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing www.nchec.org
Society for Public Health Education www.sophe.org
Occupational Outlook www.bls.gov/oco/
Industry Information www.vault.com
Job Search and Salary information www.rileyguide.com
Occupation Information http://online.onetcenter.org
Other Sources of Information
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in public health. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the Public Health Department on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.
The Career Development and Gloria S. Williams Advisement Center
Student Center 301, 300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone 973.720.2281/2282 Fax 973.720.2074