Health Sciences

Late last year, healthcare surpassed manufacturing and retail to become the largest source of jobs in the United States. At Wingate, we were ready. Our variety of professional programs join pure science with practical, clinical care so that you can put your knowledge to work improving the well-being of others. We’ve also designed our undergrad science curricula with distinct pathways to get you to your passion faster.

Social Sciences

How we think, behave and relate to one another makes society work or prevents it from working. Understanding cultural context and exploring ways to help make life better for individuals and the larger community are two of many challenges facing those in the social sciences. That’s why hands-on learning and research are hallmarks of Wingate’s criminal justice, human services, psychology and sociology programs.

Sport Sciences

Whether your goal is to guide the young, create a lifelong passion for an active lifestyle or work with a professional sports organization, you can begin your journey in Wingate’s School of Sport Sciences. Courses that delve into sport law and education theory and exposure to the latest sports research help prepare our students, as do hands-on experiences with teams from prep level to pro.

Business

Competitive? Yes. Collaborative? Definitely. But creative? Absolutely. Students in Wingate’s Porter B. Byrum School of Business get a broad understanding of what it takes to survive in an ever-changing marketplace. Whether pursuing one of our five undergraduate business degrees or working on a capstone project in our master’s programs, our students put their own passions in the foreground and refuse to be satisfied with business as usual.

Education

It is true that teachers touch the future, but at Wingate, they can start having an impact in the present. Our teacher education majors begin field experiences in K-12 settings during the first half of their freshmen year and continue each semester to engage in hands-on learning that integrates theory and practice. The Thayer School of Education offers 11 undergraduate majors in addition to master’s and doctorate programs tailored especially for working adults.

Arts & Sciences

From American government to zoology, the diatonic scale to scalene triangles, the poems of Robert Frost to the thawing of permafrost — there’s a lot to study in the arts and sciences at Wingate. No matter your major, our Global Perspectives (GPS) core curriculum will help you learn to think critically, understand global cultures and write and speak clearly. With GPS, you can set your own course.

Public Health Degree Program

Wingate's Newest Major

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)

About Public Health

The public health major at Wingate is a unique blend of the coursework interdisciplinary in nature similar to the field itself. As a Public Health major, you’ll take classes in social sciences, health education, global health, epidemiology, statistics, healthcare management and systems, and health ethics. High school courses that could help you excel in Public Health include statistics, sociology, health science and foreign language. Psychology, environmental science, chemistry and biology can also help give you a solid foundation.

As the field of public health is interdisciplinary, the proposed BSPH program encompasses an interdisciplinary and diverse faculty. Outside departments, including Sociology/ Human Services, Psychology, Political Science and History, Math, Biology, Religion, and Communications will all be contributing to the success of the BSPH students. The WU Collaborative for the Common Good will also contribute to the success of the BSPH students by helping to facilitate internship and hand-on experiences with community partners.

Vision

The vision of Wingate University’s Department of the Public Health Program/Department at Wingate University is to be a vital academic and communal partner that is integral to improving local, national, and global health outcomes.

Mission

Our mission is to develop knowledgeable and ethical public health professionals committed to addressing the population need for improved health outcomes and overall well-being through education, collaboration, research, and community engagement.

Major Requirements

Public Health majors at Wingate must meet the requirements for a BS degree and major specific coursework.

Plans of Study

For more information regarding the BSPH coursework and suggested plans of study please see the links below. The four year academic plans are standard templates for how a degree can be completed in eight (8) consecutive fall & spring semesters. There is varying flexibility in the exact course sequence depending upon individual student circumstances, major curriculum and course availability. Students should consult with their faculty advisor for course sequencing, degree planning and other considerations. Students are ultimately responsible for their degree planning.

4+1 Advantage Program

Wingate University BSPH students will also have the opportunity to explore an accelerated pathway to obtaining a graduate Master of Public Health degree. For more information regarding the 4+1 please click here.

Public Health Career Opportunities

After graduation, you are prepared to enter the job market or continue with an advanced degree in graduate school. BSPH graduates will be eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist Examination, which will further enhance their ability to succeed in public health careers. Through the bachelor program, students will be prepared to enter the workforce with entry-level skills with an emphasis on health education and promotion. Students will be prepared to work in settings and sectors such as child welfare, education, healthcare, and law enforcement.

Did You Know?

Public health professionals are leading the nation’s response to the COVID19 pandemic through surveillance, testing, modeling, and education. They are on the front lines, making a difference in the health and safety of the American
public.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the job market for health education specialists and community health workers will grow by 13 percent this decade and that demand for public health service managers will increase by 18 percent. Both are growing much faster than the average occupation.