Population Health Degree

What is Population Health?

Population health, a part of the larger field of public health, is the science of understanding the multiple determinants of health, from cell to society. It is a data science that provides critical insights that stand to make an impact on millions of lives. Population health scientists leverage data to define opportunities for interventions to improve the health of populations. These interventions can range from health innovation and technology for improved health care to community health programs to health policy—all to optimize health outcomes.

Through an innovative curriculum, experiential learning programs and immersion in Lehigh’s interdisciplinary academic culture, students are  challenged to learn in the classroom and apply their knowledge in the real world. At any point along their academic and career path, on campus or online, students and professionals alike can find their intellectual home in the College of Health. When their training is complete, they are prepared to improve the lives of millions of people the world over.

Population Health Major - BS in Population Health

The major in Population Health prepares students to investigate the determinants of health using data science, and to identify novel and effective avenues for disease prevention, health promotion, diagnosis, and intervention.

Known as a convergence science, the program combines courses in population health with foundational courses in mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences and computer science. Students select an area of concentration such as Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Community Health, Environmental Health, Health Innovation and Technology, Global Health, Social and Behavioral Health, or Health Policy and Management.

Population Health Certificate Programs

The Population Health Certificate is a 16-17 credit program that includes core courses in population health such as Introduction to Population Health, Epidemiology and Population Health Data Science. An experiential learning component provides hands-on experience to help students understand and investigate multiple determinants of health from cell to society.  This certificate is open to any student pursuing a degree outside of the College of Health. 

Students may also pursue a certificate in Global Population Health. The Global Population Health certificate program is open to all students and can complement majors pursued within Lehigh’s other undergraduate colleges.

Population Health Degree Contact

Dr. Whitney Witt, Inaugural Dean and Professor:
incoh@lehigh.edu | (610) 758-1800

Careers in Population Health

Lehigh’s population health alumni can pursue careers in the private sector, non-profit organizations, or local, state, federal, and international governmental institutions or go on to obtain graduate level research or clinical training. They work in fields such as: epidemiology, medicine, data science, biostatistics, global health, health economics, health policy, community health, health promotion, and health technology and innovation.

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