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Public Health

Alice Hausman, MPH, Ph.D., Chair
1700 N. Broad St.
Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Public Health Main Office Number (215) 204-8726
Public Health Fax (215) 204-1854

Note: Department chairs frequently change at the beginning of the academic year.  Students should contact departments for updated information.

The Department of Public Health is composed of curriculum that will prepare students for diverse careers in the public health field that focus on creating, implementing, and evaluating interventions and programs designed to improve health status and quality of life for all individuals.  The Department offers a nationally-ranked Bachelor of Science degree in public health for undergraduate students in which students study the broad range of public health concerns, including individual disease prevention and injury/harm reduction behaviors, distribution and development of disease through epidemiological assessment and community program development, implementation, and evaluation.  Students learn to use educational interventions to provide health information, gain experience in assessing the needs of target populations, clarify program goals and objectives, and develop strategies to motivate and involve their clients/patients in educational interventions.  The department has a national reputation in all curricular areas and meets appropriate accreditation standards.  Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam.  They can also apply for Temple's fully accredited Master of Public Health program.

The Public Health major trains entry-level health educators to provide front line preventive health information, services, and health behaviors interventions at the community level, particularly in communities with high-risk populations.  Graduates typically work in: voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, corporate worksites, community health organizations, family planning clinics, and managed care facilities.

Mission of the Department

The mission of the department emphasizes the principles and practices of applied social-behavioral science of health education by creating and evaluating applied interventions, programs, curricula, and policies designed to improve the health status and quality of life of individuals and communities. The department strives to contribute to the rapidly changing knowledge base in the applied social-behavioral sciences. The department’s strong service mission ensures that faculty and students are available to the communities served by Temple University; thus the department emphasizes scholarly service to regional, state, and national institutions and organizations, including schools, hospitals, and voluntary and government health agencies. Because of the pressing needs for health services in the region, coupled with our urban location, the program emphasizes public health and health education for diverse populations.

The Department of Public Health follows the requirements set forth by Temple University regarding Core Curriculum. The department has established additional core and cognate requirements for all Public Health majors.

Continuing students in the School Health Education track should refer to the bulletin archive for program requirements.

Public Health Major

Transfer Student - Public Health

Minor in Public Health

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