Who will keep the public healthy? The case for undergraduate public health education: A review of three programs

Sarah Bauerle Bass, Sally Guttmacher, Elahe Nezami

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While most universities have focused on graduate education to create public health leaders, undergraduate public health education is another way to ensure a prepared workforce at all levels. This article provides examples of three Council on Education for Public Health accredited graduate programs outside schools of public health (University of Southern California, Temple University, and New York University) that also offer undergraduate public health education, one that is in its first year of offering a public health minor, and the other two offering majors and minors. Although these programs come from different philosophies, all have an underlying mission to influence how public health is understood. Considering the current need for public health workers, we anticipate that most higher education institutions will soon offer undergraduate public health courses. These programs must be mindful, however, of newly emerging accreditation requirements, which might have implications for both established and newly developing undergraduate public health programs, as well as articulation issues between undergraduate- and graduate-level master of public health programs. An examination of existing programs, as well as a discussion of accreditation requirements and articulation issues, will help institutions create curricula that meet their students' educational needs as well as the need for a strong public health workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Public health workforce
  • Undergraduate public health education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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