Population Health Degree

What is Population Health?

The field of population health science seeks to advance our understanding of the multiple determinants of health, from cell to society, and how they interact to produce the health outcomes that we observe. Lehigh’s bachelor of science degree in population health will prepare 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. Students gain knowledge and skills through coursework, experiential learning opportunities, research projects and engagement with traditional and nontraditional partners in pursuit of a healthier world.

The College of Health will also offer two undergraduate certificate programs—one in Population Health and the second in Global Population Health. These certificate programs are open to all students and can complement majors pursued within Lehigh’s other undergraduate colleges. The Population Health Certificate is a 12-15 credit program that will include core courses in population health and experiential learning related to the understanding and investigating the multiple determinants of health from cell to society.

The Global Population Health Certificate is a 12-15 credit program that will include core courses in global population health, experiential learning, and international field work relating to global health. Students will gain an understanding of global health concerns and their determinants, and comparative approaches for health promotion, disease prevention, and health care delivery in the international sphere.

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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