The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers a major and minor in public health. These programs aim to prepare students to address health inequity through graduating "change agents" who can lead and advocate for improved health conditions worldwide. The foundational course for the program provides a glimpse into critical local, national, and global health system structures, disease and injury prevention, and the public health roles of assessment, policy development, and assurance that will be discussed in more detail in subsequent courses. In collaboration with the nursing and social work programs, the major features a unique inter-professional and social justice-oriented framework.
Graduates of the Fairfield University Public Health major will have a comprehensive foundation in the theory and practice of Public Health with a strong emphasis on inter-professional collaboration, social justice, health equity, evidence-based problem solving and policy.
The learning outcomes reflect the accreditation requirements of the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). In addition, the didactic and field preparation will prepare graduates to sit for the Certification in Public Health exam and to be competitive for diverse entry-level positions in domestic and global public health or to pursue graduate programs in Public Health or related sub-specialties.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health, graduates will be able to:
- Synthesize knowledge of the history, essential principles, and philosophy of public health to improve care of diverse populations across the lifespan with attention to social justice and ethical practices.
- Apply the principles of assessment, planning, intervention, implementation, and evaluation to identify and address public health needs of communities and populations.
- Implement the use of evidence-based data collection and analytic skills (methods, quantitative and qualitative techniques) to influence health policy and impact population health outcomes.
- Translate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the biological, environmental, behavioral, and social determinants of health and mental health, inequities and access to care, in line with a social ecological approach, to impact health outcomes for groups of people.
- Analyze how diverse national and global governance mechanisms influence the organization and operations of health care systems with a focus on economic, legal, ethical, and regulatory policy dimensions.
- Demonstrate effective and innovative communication and collaboration methods to enhance public health through community empowerment and mobilization of partnerships.
- Demonstrate leadership to inform and advocate for health promotion and disease and injury prevention for diverse populations.