Public Health:  Epidemiology Emphasis (751-202)

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and causes of diseases in a human population. This emphasis is an introduction to the methods and analysis of health related data. Entry level work includes: disease investigators, data analysts, research coordinators, public health evaluators, etc. This is a good emphasis for individuals interested in advanced study in public health. The core areas of public health include biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health administration, and behavior/social health. This emphasis provides an introduction into the public health specialty of epidemiology.

Public Health:  Health Education and Promotion Emphasis (751-203)

This emphasis includes the public health core classes and additional courses intended to help students develop competencies in needs assessment; program planning, program implementation, program evaluation, communicating health concerns, and acting as a resource person in the community. This emphasis prepares students for health related career opportunities. These include community health educator, health promotion specialist, work site wellness specialist, health counseling, wellness coaching, resort wellness, fitness center, lifestyle training specialist, etc. The program prepares students to become health educators and take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered through the National Committee on Health Education Credentialing, Inc

Public Health:  Health Science Emphasis (751-204)

This emphasis is for those students pursuing a degree in public health working in patient care. It will prepare students for entry-level clinical positions, as well as professional careers as physicians, dentists, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, audiologists, and optometrists. While providing many of the pre-professional prerequisites, this emphasis is streamlined for those interested in a health-professional field with a public health approach. Students interested in this emphasis should meet with academic advising to discuss a specific approach and detailed schedule of classes.

Healthcare Administration (752)

The healthcare administration major prepares students (a) to directly enter the workforce as administrator/managers of healthcare facilities such as medical group practice, urgent care center, long-term care facilities, department-level positions or (b) to enter graduate level studies in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, skilled nursing facilities, health insurance companies, etc. This degree is also a solid path for those seeking to pursue a master's degree in healthcare administration or business management.  Program Director is Dennis Tolman.

Occupational Safety and Health (755)

Students are trained in the practice of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of safety and health hazards found in the work environment. They will be prepared to enter business, and industry as safety, industrial hygiene and environmental profession-als. Students are also prepared for graduate programs in industrial hygiene and safety.

Medical Assisting Program (361)

The Associate Degree of Applied Science in Medical Assisting prepares students to be employed in an ambulatory medical facility, i.e. a doctor's office, outpatient clinic, or same-day surgical center. A Medical Assistant is cross-trained and multi-skilled to perform both administrative (front offi ce) and clinical (back offi ce and lab) procedures to support the physician/employer in providing excellent patient care. This program prepares students to take the National Certified Medical Assistant exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

To enter the program the student should first complete BIO 264 with a C or higher and HS 280 with a B- or higher. The student should apply to the program by attending one of three orientation meetings. The entry courses are offered during all three semesters so students on every track can apply. At the end of the program (with all MA courses completed) the student will complete a 200 hour, unpaid externship at an ambulatory medical facility. The purpose is to practice and perfect the skills learned in class. The externship may be done off track and out-of-state upon approval of the school's Internship Office and the Program Director, Greg Klingler.