Dr. Cottrell (program coordinator), Dr. Catalano, Dr. Chen-Edinboro, Dr. Figueroa, Dr. Whipple.
The Public Health Studies Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is one of the first four programs in the United States to be accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health. Students graduating from the program work with communities and individuals to protect, maintain and enhance, health and quality of life. Students complete the public-health core courses that provide a strong foundation in the Public Health Domains, the U.S. Public Health System, global-health issues, factors impacting human health and disease, epidemiology, population-based and individual approaches to health enhancement, public-health data sources, health policy, health law, health communication and much more. Then, students must select one of three concentrations: (1) Community Health Education – prepares students to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programs that are designed to enhance individual and community health and wellbeing; (2) Pre-Clinical Health – prepares students with a strong science background for continuing study in medicine, dentistry, physical assistant, nutrition, nursing, etc.; and (3) Global Health – prepares students for careers working in developing low- and middle-income countries to improve health and quality of life. Public Health Education specialists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, non-profit organizations, government agencies, doctors’ offices, business & industry, and colleges/universities. Upon graduation, those with concentrations in Community Health Education and Global Health are eligible to take a national exam to become Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). Those in the global concentration may also opt to obtain a Pre-Peace Corps Prep Certificate.