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School of Health Professions

School of Health Professions

Health Professions

Thank you for your interest in the School of Health Professions at The University of Southern Mississippi. We are excited that you are considering one of our highly esteemed programs that include public health, athletic training, kinesiotherapy, and therapeutic recreation.  

The Dr. Lynn Cook Hartwig Public Health Program offers undergraduate degrees that includes a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with emphasis areas in Health Policy and Administration, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, and Allied Health.  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.  For the Master’s of Public Health degree, students can choose from three public health emphasis areas: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, Health Policy and Administration. 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 health departments, and industry and government agencies.

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The Athletic Training Program is the only Athletic Training program in the state of Mississippi.  Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

The Kinesiotherapy Program is the only Kinesiotherapy Program in the southeast region of the United States.  Registered kinesiotherapists work closely with health care providers including; physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The kinesiotherapy major is an excellent choice if you wish to pursue graduate studies in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or prosthetics and orthotics.

The Therapeutic Recreation major is a baccalaureate program that prepares students for certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).  Graduates with a B.S. degree or higher in Therapeutic Recreation are eligible to apply to the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for certification, and are awarded certification upon successful completion of the national exam.

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The Dr. Lynn Cook Hartwig Public Health Program is accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The Kinesiotherapy Program is accredited by the American Kinesiotherapy Association.


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School of Health Professions

Elizabeth Harkins Hall

118 College Dr. #5122
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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25% of currently registered kinesio-therapists in the U.S. are graduates from Southern Miss


100% 2015 class passed the Board of Certification exam on their first attempt


Ranked in the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Public Health