Public Health Degree Program
Launching Fall 2021
About Public Health
How do government actions, access to healthcare and education affect the spread, treatment and prevention of disease? Do other factors such as funding, ethics and communication within the health system play a role?
These are all questions you'll be able to investigate and answer as you study Public Health at Wingate University. More importantly, you’ll discover through experiential learning how you can make a difference in the health of your community, your nation or even in the world.
Wingate’s Public Health major will include coursework in social sciences, health education, global health, epidemiology, statistics, healthcare management/ systems, and health ethics. High school courses that could help you excel in the Public Health program include statistics, sociology, health science and foreign language. Psychology, environmental science, chemistry and biology can also help give you a solid foundation.
What to expect
If you major in Public Health at Wingate you should be ready to research and write about anything from listeria links to enoki mushrooms to vaccine compliance among minorities. You can expect to learn about biostatistics, environmental health and health education. And you can expect to work closely with faculty members as you prepare for an internship or capstone project with one of our community partners.
Wingate’s public health bachelor's degree program will feature an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on the social sciences and statistics.
Discipline-specific courses will include:
- Principles of Public Health
- Health Promotion & Statistics
- Environmental Health
- Healthcare Management
- Professional Ethics.
Classes will be taught by graduate health sciences professors and undergraduate liberal arts faculty, and the program will meet criteria established by the Council on Education for Public Health.
The public health degree will require internships or special capstone projects to be completed in conjunction with community organizations. Students apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world experiences, a skill that future employers want.At Wingate, we take our commitment to service seriously and have teamed with a variety of organizations in the area through our Collaborative for the Common Good to improve the welfare of our neighbors. You may wind up working closely with Union County Public Schools, the Union County Health Department, Heart for Monroe or many other organizations that can give you firsthand “boots-on-the-ground” experience in exchange for your developing expertise.
Who can apply
Although the programs won’t officially be underway until fall 2021, current rising sophomores and incoming freshmen can declare public health as their major and begin taking general prerequisites.
4 +1 Track
To smooth the pathway toward the master’s degree, Wingate is developing a 4+1 track whereby qualified students could take a combination of undergrad and graduate courses during their fourth year and graduate with their MPH in a total of just five years.
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 Health is a great field for someone interested in health and wellness but doesn’t want to provide direct patient care or take advanced chemistry and biology.
- Laura Happe, PharmD, MPH Associate Professor
Laura E. Happe
Public Health Faculty