Program Overview

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Interdisciplinary Minor with focus in Population Health

Population Health focuses on protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles to attain or maintain wellness, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases.

Many factors contribute to a person’s current state of health.  Although medical care is an important component, social determinants such as socioeconomic status, culture, lifestyle choices, environment, and healthy child development play very important roles.  Population Health students focus on addressing these determinants.

Students may chose areas of focus by selecting electives and internship options in areas of global or local community health.

Bachelor's Degree

Baptist University was the first to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in a public health field in the Mid-South. 

Population Health students will learn how to create public health practices and interventions that reduce local and global disparities. The program focuses on developing and investigating innovative solutions to health concerns from a behavioral, societal, biological and organizational perspective. Students choose areas of concentration by selecting elective courses in areas of global or sociobehavioral health.

Curriculum Info

Interdisciplinary Minor with Population Health Focus

Population Health courses may be taken through the Interdisciplinary Minor. Complete your interdisciplinary minor with a focus in Population Health.


Quick Facts

Baptist University was the first to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in a public health field in the Mid-South. Check out some other quick facts about the program. 



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Why Baptist University?

  • Interprofessional Educational Opportunity
    Integrating Population Health and Clinical Program students together to improve patient outcomes
  • Bachelor's Degree
    Baptist University offers the first Bachelor’s Degree in a public health field in the Mid-South
  • Internship
    providing each student with opportunities to gain experience with diverse communities and engage in the development and implementation of population health interventions.
  • Job Growth
    Job growth for Population Health graduates exceeds the national averages, with varied opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Guaranteed Admissions
    Guaranteed admissions to the Population Health program for Itawamba graduates who have successfully completed their Associate's degree in Public Health Technology and have fulfilled admissions requirements for Baptist College
Median Salary
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Health Education Specialists
Mission Trip

Career Opportunities

  • Health education
  • Health promotions
  • Community health worker
  • Community advocacy
  • Public health
  • Health administration
  • Epidemiology


Population Health students will investigate and develop innovative solutions to health concerns from a behavioral, societal, biological, and organizational perspective.  Future professional responsibilities may include:

  • Serving as a program assistant with an national health organization
  • Working as a research assistant with a nonprofit organization
  • Doing consulting work related to disease prevention
  • Working at a company that does health communication and health marketing
  • Conducting air or water quality sampling and surveying

Applying to the Program

Office of Admissions

Phone:  901-575-2247  or toll free  866-575-2247



Michelle McDonald, Program Chair

Phone: 901-572-2571 Email:


Program Mission

In the context of the Baptist Health Sciences University mission, the Population Health Program educates students through diverse, interprofessional and service experiences that are integral toward improving the health and well-being in the community.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Population Health program, graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Formulate healthcare needs assessments based on epidemiological data.
  • Propose prevention programs that address identified healthcare needs in communities of study.
  • Advocate for public health needs in defined communities to mitigate health outcomes.