The Public Health department at SUNY Old Westbury has offered a B.S. degree in Health and Society in since 1975, with a focus on social determinants of health. The major offering in the Department of Public Health is a 120-credit academic program that results in a B.S. degree. This program will prepare students for entry into a broad range of professions in public health at the local, state, and national levels. Students from this program go on to graduate school in public health and other health-related disciplines, enter professions such as those in hospitals and local non-profit health agencies, and many go on to obtain training in health professions such as nursing, physical and occupational therapy and physician assistant.
The B.S. in Health and Society is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.
Public Health Department Mission Statement
To educate students with a social determinants of health perspective; identify the economic and social context within which individuals make health choices; examine social forces (e.g. social class, gender, racism) that shape individuals’ destinies; and plan, implement, evaluate and advocate health programs and policies throughout the world.
Public Health Department Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the B.S. degree in Health and Society, students will
- Understand the philosophy, beliefs, history, core values, and fundamental concepts of public health;
- Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the social determinants of health framework to public health research, practice and prevention efforts;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key components of health care systems, with a particular focus on the U.S. health care system;
- Demonstrate the ability to define and use key epidemiological concepts and principles to identify and assess the causes of health problems;
- Communicate public health information and ideas in oral and written formats to diverse audiences using a variety of media;
- Conduct a literature review on the health needs of a community and collect and analyze data to address community health needs;
- Integrate ethical practices and a social justice perspective into public health practice; and
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and carry out independent research to understand and assess the health status and needs of a community.
For specific requirements of this program, please see the SUNY Old Westbury Undergraduate Catalog.