The Public health curriculum provides a broad base of knowledge and skills to prepare students to enter the public health workforce or a graduate program in health education, health promotion, or other healthcare-related fields. The program partners with Virginia Community Colleges to accept a wide range of transfer credits for students wishing to continue their education.

Students will receive training and required coursework to be able to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination upon graduation.

For more detailed program information and requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.


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This four-year program integrates online and on-campus classes with hands-on laboratory work, research opportunities and community service. The program places an emphasis on community and rural health issues.

Students will have the opportunity to both expand and create partnerships with local health organizations and communities in Virginia and Appalachia to better meet the healthcare needs of underserved communities.

What makes this program different?

  1. Carilion Clinic. As a student at Jefferson College you will be part of a healthcare clinic that employs nearly 13,000 healthcare professionals and has facilities that span over 200 miles. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, national leaders in all areas of healthcare practice and administration, and opportunities to learn in the company of medical students, doctoral students, mater's students and other undergraduates.
  2. Transfer credits. The BSPH program is transfer-friendly with about 50 credits eligible for transfer from the community college.
  3. Interprofessionalism. "We provide our students with opportunities to interact and learn beside a broad range of healthcare providers, so they’re prepared to collaborate across specialties from the start of their careers.
  4. Grants. There are many opportunities to seek grants and further education with this program, two options include seek grant to offer a 3-5 day summer camp/workshop in Public Health & Health Education for VCCS students and seek grant to provide continuing education to VCCS and high school faculty through 1-3 day workshops.

Once you graduate, you will have the ability to utilize your degree in many meaningful ways.

This program prepares students to enter the public health workforce and/or graduate programs in public health, health education, health promotion, or other health-related fields.

Provide students with the required coursework and knowledge in the seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialist to be eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.

This program is designed for new students directly from high school or for students transferring from another college or university. It is an entry level bachelor’s degree program, and you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with which you may choose to enter the workforce or pursue advanced coursework and/or academic degrees.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to offer postsecondary education in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

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