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Welcome to the College of Public Health and Health Professions!
We appreciate your interest in the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program and hope that your college experience is enriching, both personally and academically. The BPH program prides itself on offering a high quality education and professional development opportunities for students.
If you have questions regarding the BPH program, or any other aspect of University life, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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The College of Public Health and Health Professions
The College of Public Health & Health Professions (PHHP) is one of the most diversified health education institutions in the nation.
Established in 1958, the College of Health Professions was the first college of its type in the United States dedicated to educating students of many different health professions in an academic health center. In 2003, the College changed its name to the College of Public Health & Health Professions and expanded its mission to include public health on a broad scale. Currently, PHHP is one of six colleges that comprise the University of Florida Health Science Center – other colleges include Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.
With over 2,200 students, the College is a national leader in the education of health professionals. We emphasize the development of intellectual resources and skills that can prepare our graduates to prosper in today’s complex health systems. Additionally, the College is committed to developing cutting edge science and outreach in areas such as aging and disability, disaster response, health systems functioning, and behavioral and environmental determinants of health for individuals and communities.
PHHP is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and improving the health and well-being of populations, communities, and individuals. To fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research, and service. Consistent with our mission, the College has three primary goals:
- Provide excellent educational programs that prepare graduates to address the multifaceted health needs of populations, communities, and individuals.
- Conduct quality research and disseminate findings that are responsive to priority health needs.
- Serve as active participants and leaders in University, public health, health practice, and health services communities through collaborative approaches to intervention, professional practice, and policy.
The Bachelor of Public Health Degree Program
The Bachelor of Public Health is designed for students whose career goal is to work in health systems or organizations providing health related or general human services to individuals and communities.
The BPH limited access program is a two-year, 60-credit curriculum. The curriculum for the BPH provides the opportunity to learn foundation skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic health environment and is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills for both individual and community-based health care. The program provides students the core skills necessary for advanced education in public health or a related field.
All students learn about:
- the five major areas of public health (biostatistics, environmental health services, epidemiology, health services administration, and social behavioral sciences) and each area’s contribution to public health;
- how social determinants of health impact disability, disease and illness in populations;
- critical aspects of contemporary public health challenges;
- professional communication;
- the scientific bares of public health knowledge.