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Through the field of public health and wellness, you can care for the well-being of communities and individuals around you. The pre-public health degree program at Wayne State College is set up for you to receive dual degrees. The program provides the unique opportunity to integrate your exercise science training with a population-based public health degree. The goal of the dual-degree public health program is to prepare professionals to assess, understand, and address health-related concerns that impact the well-being of individuals, populations, and communities. The public health degree program consists of three years at Wayne State, followed by two years at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), with 23 of your credit hours transferring back to WSC for your bachelor’s degree. At the end of the five years, you’ll receive a master’s degree in public health from UNMC.

Sample Program of Study

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.S. from WSC (exercise science); master's degree from UNMC


Hours required:
For major: 52
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120


Popular minors: Public and Global Health, Foods and Nutrition, GeographySociology


School: Natural and Social Sciences


Department: Health, Human Performance, and Sport

Pre-Public Health Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree in pre-public health.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Knowledge of body structure and function 
  • Health status and risk factor identification 
  • Fitness appraisal and exercise prescription 
  • Body composition testing/measurement
  • Exercise physiology; strength and conditioning
  • Cardiac rehabilitation, exercise prescription
  • Research and data analysis 
  • Kinesiology / biomechanics 
  • Biological and social determinants of health and disease

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Public health project manager
  • Community health worker
  • Health communications specialist
  • Population health manager
  • Environmental health director
  • Epidemiologist
  • Occupational health specialist
  • Biosecurity specialist
  • Chief medical officer
  • Corporate medical director
  • Disaster preparedness coordinator

Employers

Employers

  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Businesses and corporations
  • City, county, and state governments
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Federal agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Labs and research facilities
  • Public relations and marketing agencies
  • Public health departments

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

Student Activities for HHPS Majors

Service-Learning

 

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.  Examples of community and Service-Learning events include:

  • World Heart Day – Provide free blood pressure screening, share heart health information and heart-healthy snacks, and facilitate recreation opportunities for local families and children.
  • Community/campus bicycle events – Promote and participate in various events including maintenance workshops, “Bike to School” days with community schools, and the “Wild Ride Color Ride” event.
  • Body tests - Help local high school wrestlers meet NSAA program guidelines by measuring their body composition and hydration levels.
Student Activities for HHPS Majors

Opportunities

  • Wellness program - Gain experience as a wellness advisor and fitness instructor to other WSC students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
  • Exercise is medicine – Partner with campus and community teams to promote exercise as a prescription for health.
  • Conduct your own research and even present your findings at the NASCM conference.
  • Recognition – Each year, the department awards and recognizes one student from each of the HHPS majors for their achievements.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Internships

An internship is required to earn your degree in public health. You’ll have a chance to earn credit through on-campus services like the wellness program or human performance lab, or anywhere you’d like to do an internship.  Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

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