The University of Southern Mississippi will be expanding its Community
Health Sciences (CHS) program to the Gulf Park campus starting this
fall. The program will offer an undergraduate (bachelor of science)
degree in health promotion.
is definitely a market for the health promotion emphasis area of
our program on the Coast," said Dr. Jim McGuire, assistant
director and undergraduate coordinator of CHS in Hattiesburg. "With
the increasing number of health-related facilities on the Mississippi
Gulf Coast, there is a demand for more health care workers. Potential
students, especially those coming out of junior colleges, can now
pursue a BS degree in health promotion without driving or moving
Four CHS program
core courses will be offered this fall, with four additional courses
scheduled for spring 2005. The following year, all remaining CHS
required courses will be offered and reflect the program currently
existing in Hattiesburg. Because the CHS courses being offered at
Gulf Park are junior and senior level courses, students wishing
to enter the program must have completed almost two years of college
coursework while maintaining a specified grade average before being
admitted. After formal admission into the program, students will
complete all required CHS courses, electives, and a practicum.
is an excellent opportunity for students who already have numerous
college credits, yet are uncertain of a degree to pursue,"
said McGuire. "The growth for Southern Miss is heading to the
Coast and we want to be one of the programs to succeed with expansion."
promotion degree requires study in the planning and administration
of health programs, community health services, disease causation
and prevention, contemporary health issues, national and international
health concerns, program evaluation and health educational strategies.
Students are then prepared to receive jobs in a wide variety of
health settings, including hospitals, health clinics, health departments,
private health agencies, industry and government agencies.
has been offering the master of public health (MPH) degree at the
Gulf Park campus for many years and accepts students every semester,
according to McGuire.
our undergraduate health promotion program to the Gulf Park campus
is important for all of South Mississippi," said Dr. Amal Khoury,
associate professor in CHS at Hattiesburg. "There is a steadily
increasing interest in health promotion as a profession and the
Mississippi coast has plenty of opportunity for work once students
attain the degree."
For more information
about the new health promotion degree, or the MPH at the Gulf Park
campus, call (228) 865-4517.