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Bachelor of Science Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Department of Public Health offers academic programs which prepare students for a wide variety of health careers. Students may pursue one of several major or minor programs. Specialized programs prepare students for careers in public health, health care administration, environmental health science, and related fields.

All majors and minors are expected to work closely with their academic advisors in planning their courses of study. Special interests and abilities will be considered in planning the individual course of study.


1. Public Health

Public health work is done in a wide variety of settings in the public and private sectors. Graduates of the baccalaureate program in public health are prepared to use their skills in a variety of government agencies, hospitals and other facilities of the health care system, community mental health agencies, employee health programs in business and industry, student health services on college campuses, and many non-profit health agencies in communities.


                  - Minor, Health Education

                  - Minor, Occupational Health and Safety

                  - Minor, Worksite Health Promotion

                  - Worksite Health Promotion Certificate Program

                  - Occupational Health and Safety


2. Health Care Administration

The Department of Public Health offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (major with no minor requirements). This program prepares the student for management and administrative positions in various types of health care facilities, organizations, and agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, group medical practices, health maintenance organizations, public health agencies and clinics. This program will also prepare individuals to work in medical sales companies, health planning agencies, the insurance sector and other related health organizations. Individuals completing this program are academically prepared to enter graduate programs in health care administration provided that the student meets the entrance requirements of the particular graduate program to which (s)he applies.

  • Major Program

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                   - Four Year Plan

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  • Minor and Certificate Programs

                   - Minor, Health Care Administration

                   - Minor, Global Health Service

                   - Long Term Care Administration Certificate Program

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3. Environmental Health Science

The mission of the Environmental Health Science (EHS) Program at Western Kentucky University is to educate students in preparation for an exciting career in the environmental health science. The EHS Program is committed to providing south central Kentucky, the state, and the nation with entry-level environmental professionals. The program is built upon a sound foundation of providing students with a background in assessing environmental resources, including water, air, and land resources, in relation to environmental and human health.

  • Major Program

                   - Four Year Plan

                   - Worksheet

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4. Health Sciences

  • Major Program

                  - Four Year Plan

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5. Health Information Management

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 Last Modified 8/18/16