The Department of Public Health consists of both undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate degree offered is a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Sciences with emphasis areas in Health Policy and Administration or Health Promotion. Students graduating with an undergraduate degree are prepared to obtain jobs in various health settings, including community health programs, health clinics, hospitals, government sponsored health programs, and state and local health departments.
At the graduate level, the department is recognized as having the first accredited (CEPH) Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the state of Mississippi. Students can choose from four public health emphasis areas that will best suit personal and professional goals and interests. The areas are Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Education; Health Administration and Policy, and Health Services Administration (Executive Format). Graduates are qualified for excellent upper-level jobs in health administration, research, or education in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, managed care organizations, state and regional heath departments, and industry and government agencies.