Department of Public Health
The Department of Public Health embraces the mission of William Paterson University striving for lifelong learning, excellence, diversity and community. The Department is committed to health promotion and disease prevention preparing students with the health knowledge and skills needed for careers in public health and a variety of other health related industries and agencies; providing a foundation for students in other disciplines whose practice requires health knowledge and public health principles and skills; and promoting positive health behaviors for all students through participation in the University Core Curriculum.
Our Academic Programs
The Department offers two undergraduate degree programs – a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Health and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health with two different tracks, General and Health Education. Additionally, for students majoring in areas outside of the department, two minors are offered in Health Studies and in Public Health. For specific information about each of these programs, click on "Undergraduate Programs" using the menu found on this page.
The faculty of the Department of Public Health is composed of a group of expert scholars, talented educators, accomplished researchers, published authors, and national leaders in the public health field. In the classroom, faculty merge their real-world public health experience with their expertise in a variety of fields, including health education, sexual health, health research methodology, epidemiology, stress, global health, gerontology, public health nutrition, and environmental health, among others. Faculty members are actively engaged in public health research and community-based public health projects, and often involve students directly in these projects to enhance the learning experience.
Founded in 1973 and originally named the Department of Health Sciences, the name was changed to Community Health in 1991, and most recently in 2008 to the Department of Public Health to better reflect our mission and degree programs.
For more information about the academic programs offered by the Department of Public Health at William Paterson University, please visit the department located in Hunziker Wing, room 132 or call the main line at 973-720-2394.