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About the Pre-Public Health Program

Through the field of public health and wellness, you can care for the well-being of communities and individuals around you. The study of public health 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 study area 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 in exercise science. 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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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.S. from WSC in exercise science; master's degree in public health 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

Scholarships and Aid

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 pre-public health degree.

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.

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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

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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

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  • 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 87% 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.

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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.
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  • 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.
internships for public health degree


An internship is required to earn your public health degree. 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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