The School of Public Health offers five undergraduate degree programs, along with multiple options for minors and fast-track options for those considering a graduate degree. 

Foods and Nutrition Major

Food and nutrition majors combine the basic knowledge of culinary skills and personal nutrition and apply this knowledge to a variety of other areas. Students have the opportunity to choose a minor or cognate that best suits their desired career paths.

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Health Information Management Major

This undergraduate degree prepares students to be a critical link between health care providers and their patients by being an expert in managing patient health information and possessing comprehensive knowledge of medical administrative, ethical and legal requirements/standards relating to health care delivery.

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Healthcare Administration Major

This undergraduate degree prepares students for entry-level management position in healthcare organizations or admission into a graduate program. The degree allows graduates to join the workforce in a variety of areas including fellowships, hospitals, clinics, public health department, consulting firms, insurance agencies and government entities.

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Nutrition and Dietetics Major

When it comes to human health, few topics create more interest or more discussion than food and nutrition. Samford's nutrition and dietetic program has been preparing students to become competent, entry-level dietitians/nutritionists (RDN) for more than 80 years.

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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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Fast-track Options

Fast-track Master of Public Health

Undergraduate students from select undergraduate Samford majors are eligible to participate in a fast-track option that allows them to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in their selected major and a Master of Public Health degree in just five years.

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Fast-track Master of Social Work

Undergraduate students from select 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 Social Work after just five years of study.

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Fast-track Master of Healthcare Administration

Undergraduate students pursuing a healthcare administration major are eligible to participate in this fast-track option that allows them to graduate with a bachelor's degree and a Master of Healthcare Administration in just five years of study.

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Undergraduate Minors

Health Informatics and Information Management Minor

Students minoring in health informatics and information management will gain knowledge of legal, administrative, regulatory requirements, and use of health data.  Health informatics, clinical and health information technologies, data management, and health care quality will also be explored. The minor is open to all Samford students and is a compliment to any undergraduate major. 

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Healthcare Administration Minor

The Healthcare Administration minor is designed to provide fundamental health care executive knowledge and competency from the sophomore year culminating in the senior year. Healthcare administration allows individuals the flexibility to explore their true passion and area of excellence while being gainfully employed. 

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Nutrition Minor

Our minor in Nutrition is a strong addition not only for students interested in the health sciences but also for students in other majors who are interested in nutrition, food studies, and health. The minor in Nutrition provides undergraduates with a foundational knowledge in the study of nutrition, with a focus on food, and community health, through the lifespan.

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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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