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ASPPH Presents Characterizing Undergraduate Public Health Education within the Academic Public Health Continuum

Undergraduate and graduate education are different yet complementary experiences for both students and educators. While graduate students are often seeking specialized professional degrees, undergraduate students are receiving significant general education instruction that becomes more specialized as students near degree completion. With this basis, an environmental scan was conducted to determine how undergraduate public health education is defined. Using datasets from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the National Center for Education Statistics, and a comprehensive web search, this session builds on previous research to further elucidate undergraduate public health education as it fits into the larger academic public health continuum.

Topics include:

  • Undergraduate public health degree conferral trends
  • Growth in undergraduate public health programs
  • Academic homes of undergraduate public health programs
  • Degrees offered at undergraduate public health programs
  • Diversity of majors at undergraduate public health degree programs

Presenters lead a discussion around characterization of the undergraduate public health degree, implications and opportunities for the field, and further research questions.