Florida State University

Public Health

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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BSPH Degree Overview

In the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program, students obtain the core skills needed for entry-level positions in public health, and equips them to pursue graduate degrees in the field.

MISSION

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program is to advance the health of individuals and communities by educating future health leaders. The BSPH prepares undergraduates for a range of health-related positions and graduate and professional degree programs.

Our program specializes in health-focused social science, public policy, and advanced statistical methods.

Our interdisciplinary approach provides students with a strong foundation in the five core areas of public health: epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy & management, social & behavioral sciences, and biostatistics.

Contact Information

BSPH Program Director: 

Dr. Benjamin Dowd-Arrow
benjamin.dowd-arrow@fsu.edu

Potential Careers

Community Health Worker

Help educate the public about health-related issues so that you can promote healthy living and improve the quality of healthcare delivery. You are primarily the “middle-man” between health providers, community members, and the government. Some job roles: improving social service systems, helping families gain access to resources, facilitating communications between government and the population, advocating for the public need, providing social support, interpreting and providing basic health services.

Disease Prevention Specialist

Working to manage disease control and prevention to ensure a community is as safe as possible from disease. You might advocate for public health policies, promote vaccine awareness and administration, conduct communicable disease surveillance, and more.

Public Health Administrator

Public health administrators plan and implement disease prevention programs and public services. They may also ensure the quality of these programs meet national recommendations and make changes or improvements if necessary. As a primary component of this career field, professionals may work as a connecting source between local prevention agencies and policies regarding public health programming.

Health Education Specialists

Create and organize programs that make communities aware of healthy behaviors — from getting an annual flu shot to wearing a mask during a pandemic — as well as risky behaviors like vaping or drug use. Health education specialists could work for hospitals, government, schools, clinics, non-profits, and more.

Public Health Planner

Gather health-related community statistics and information for analysis to make effective, informed healthcare policies and implement healthcare initiatives. Some duties can include grant writing and pursuing funding for the programs they want to put into place.