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Public Health Studies

What is Public Health Studies?

The Department of Public Health Studies strives to improve population health throughout Texas and beyond by providing competency-based educational programs focused on the knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the practice of public health. The educational programs of the department are strengthened by our regionally focused, practice-based scholarship and service. The BSPH degree is an excellent option for those who want to pursue a pre-professional degree and will be applying to medical, dentistry or nursing school.

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Learning Communities

An exciting Honors learning community entering its’ fifth year, Broad Street offers a select group of high-achievingstudents all the advantages of a small, student-centered college with all the benefits of being a student at one of the largest and most comprehensive educational institutions in the world. 

Students in Broad Street enroll in a special honors section of PHLT 270H, the foundational class for Broad Street, for the fall term.  This course, The Last Lecture Series, offers interactive faculty lectures, in-depth examination of relevant literature, and group discussion.  The college’s best faculty have been tabbed to present lectures and lead discussion in an interdisciplinary cross-college survey of the best that Public Health and the TAMU Health Science Center has to offer.

One of the primary attractions of Broad Street is its international component.  Students in the Society embark on a week-long study abroad program to a country of their choosing over spring break of their freshman year through PHLT 370H – Windows on the World.  International experience is a primary component of the Society and is a vital part of the sort of all-around education that is so valued in today’s society.

Previous destinations have included London, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Budapest and Vienna.  Group travel rates and our overseas connections make this a very affordable once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students. 

Broad Street students also have the option of choosing to live in the Broad Street Cluster, a section of Hullaballoo residence hall reserved only for Public Health students.  Additional information about the Cluster will be forthcoming once a student has been accepted into the Society.  The housing component is entirely optional.

Minimum qualifications to apply to Broad Street include a 1300 or higher SAT, 30 ACT, and top 10 percent class rank.  Students interested in the Broad Street Society may contact Dr. Don Curtis at dcurtis@tamu.edu.

THRIVE is currently wrapping up its successful inaugural year and preparing for its second. This particular Hullabaloo U certified Learning Community, specific to Public Health Studies, primarily serves select First Generation students. PHLT 289 is a two-semester, 1 credit hour graded course. The course includes the same instructor and Peer Mentor throughout the two semesters.

THRIVE covers a number of topics related to student success both inside and outside of the classroom as students transition into the college setting. Importantly, the course has a strong foundational basis of community building. Topics discussed can include: establishing and attaining goals, time management, motivation, reflection, resilience, discovering and utilizing strengths, degree planners, major and career exploration, and professional development (resume and cover letter building).

In addition to the various topics discussed in class, a number of speakers from across the university are brought in to share useful information with students. Past speakers have included the Money Education Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, and a number of Public Health faculty, such as the Program Director for the Masters in Public Health.

3+2 Degree Program in Epidemiology

Another option for talented undergraduate students is the new 3+2 Program in Epidemiology, in which undergraduate BSPH majors can earn a combined BSPH/MPH degree in Epidemiology through an intensive program covering no more than 5 years. The application is now available. Students apply in the spring of their junior year, and the combined program begins fall of their senior year. Students must have a minimum 3.5 overall Texas A&M GPA on a minimum of 30 Texas A&M credit hours at the time of application.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH DEGREE?

Our graduates move on to prominent roles within several health care fields:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Hospital Management
  • Epidemiology
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