The Department of Public Health educates students in a variety of multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research. In earning your degree, you will explore both quantitative and qualitative aspects of public health at all levels of analysis. 

Public health is about meeting people where they are. It’s learning about how they live, work and play in order to be effective in meeting their needs. My internship with the Jefferson County Department of Health as part of my graduate degree has made it very clear to me that I’m in the right line of work. Grace Okoro, Master of Public Health ‘18, School of Public Health

The need for public health professionals is overwhelming and growing annually. As a graduate, whether you go on to begin your career or to continue your education, you’ll be part of the new generation of public health professionals who are prepared to face the emerging challenges to human health from a population perspective.

Undergraduate Major & Minor

Public Health Major

Samford's Bachelor of Science in Public Health will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to excel in a wide array of public health professions, or to continue on to graduate school in fields like medicine, science, social science or public health.

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Public Health Minor

The Public Health minor provides students with an introduction to the field of public health. Students will learn how to use a population health approach to explore pressing health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and global epidemics as well as the role of policymaking in addressing such issues locally and globally. This minor is open to all Samford students and provides a nice compliment to any undergraduate major. 

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Fast-track to Master of Public Health

Select undergraduate majors are eligible to participate in a fast-track option that allows students to graduate with a bachelor's degree in their selected major and a Master of Public Health after just five years.

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Graduate Degrees

Online Master of Public Health

The need for public health professionals is overwhelming and growing annually. Samford's online Master of Public Health will prepare you through a multidisciplinary approach, applying the latest scientific knowledge to build solution to some of the greatest threats to human health.

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Online Doctor of Public Health 

Samford University's Doctor of Public Health is designed for individuals who are called to serve as the next generation of leaders in our public health workforce. Through this doctoral program, students develop a broad understanding of public health through the integration of multiple disciplines and the ability to apply scientific findings to address complex problems of public health policy and practice.

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Joint Degrees

Students have the opportunity to pursue a joint Master of Public Health program with degrees within the School of Public Health and McWhorter School of Pharmacy.