Public Health Concentrations


General Studies Concentration

The B.S. in Public Health, General Studies Concentration provides a foundational undergraduate public health education that can be tailored to the specific interests of students and allows for exploration of multiple dimensions of public health.

Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Concentration

The B.S. in Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) Concentration encompasses the responsibilities of scientists working in various settings to help ensure a healthy and safe environment. Students learn to identify hazards, measure exposure to hazards, evaluate hazards, and recommend procedures to reduce risks resulting from these exposures. In addition, students may take courses towards meeting eligibility requirements for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) or Associate Safety Professional (ASP) exam.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available within each program.

Global Health Concentration

The B.S. in Public Health, Global Health Concentration develops in students a global perspective on issues in public health, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, food security, and development and health. Students learn to identify trends in population health; recognize key actors in global health; analyze competing economic, political, and social interests in major global health issues; and develop policies and interventions to address a broad range of health concerns.


Health Education and Promotion Concentration

The concentration in Health Education and Promotion is a cognation of coursework that enables students to learn concepts and strategies to plan, implement, and evaluate national, state, and local health education/promotion programs to improve the health status and health outcomes of populations. In addition, focus on vulnerable populations and cultural competency is emphasized in the coursework to reduce health disparities and promote social justice and health equity.

The purpose of the Health Education and Promotion Concentration is to prepare Public Health students for careers in health education with national, state, and local health agencies, education systems, community agencies, or other public service agencies. In addition, the concentration prepares to students to sit for a national certification: Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Students in this concentration will explore theories and trends in health behaviors of individuals and communities, and will learn to apply socioecological-based strategies for health education/promotion program planning, implementation, evaluation, and administration, as well as develop and practice skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.


Public Health Nutrition Concentration

The concentration in Public Health Nutrition focuses on applying nutrition concepts, policy, and research to improve population health and reduce disease. Students will be trained to identify the social, cultural, economic, environmental, and institutional factors that contribute to diet-related health problems including undernutrition and overnutrition among diverse populations around the world. Students will also learn to design, implement, and evaluate global, state, and local programs that can improve the nutritional status of the population as a whole and of vulnerable populations.

The main purpose of this new concentration is to train students to apply their food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research to promote optimal health and prevent disease. This concentration aims to provide opportunities for students to understand the social, cultural, economic, environmental, institutional factors that contribute to the risk of undernutrition and overnutrition among populations. Students will learn to identify and assess diet-related health problems among diverse populations groups in the US and around the world. Students will also learn to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions focused on promoting health and lowering disease risk by improving nutritional status in populations.

This concentration does not include a dietetic internship and does not prepare students to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD) Exam.