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Population Health Undergraduate Programs

The Lehigh College of Health is just the second college in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree in population health, placing it in a unique position to develop students capable of meeting the fast-growing employment needs of the health care sector. We invite you to be a part of the next generation of leaders in and shape the future of population health, and help shape the future of a fast-growing field.

Population Health Major Overview: BS in 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 will 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 program will combine courses in population health with foundational courses in mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and computer science.

Anticipated course topics for the major include:

Core courses

  • Introduction to Population Health
  • Research Methods in Population Health
  • Health and the Environment
  • Fundamentals of Health Economics
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics for Population Health

Electives

  • Community Health Research Methods
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Principles of Health Services Research
  • Health Education and Behavior
  • Global Population Health
  • Comparative Health Care Systems
  • Introduction to Design Thinking
  • Creative Inquiry Projects
  • Inquiry to Impact Workshops
  • Inquiry to Impact Group Projects

Advanced Courses

  • Machine Learning & Data Visualization
  • Causal Inference Seminar
  • Independent Study
  • Supervised Research

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Population Health Certificates Programs

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 at Lehigh 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 Careers

Lehigh’s population health alumni may 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 including epidemiology, medicine, data science, biostatistics, global health, health economics, health policy, community health, health promotion, and health technology and innovation.

Career Examples

Graduates can work in many different industries in a variety of roles.

Job Titles Include:

  • Population health data scientist
  • Population health researcher
  • Industry consultant
  • Global health specialist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Health Program Specialist
  • Project Analyst
  • Population health systems integrator
  • Epidemiologist/Biostatistician
  • Research analyst

Sample List of Companies that Employ Population Health Graduates:

Health Care Providers and Payers

  • Hospitals and Health Networks
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • United Health Group
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Health Technology Firms
  • BD
  • Amgen
  • Pfizer
  • IBM Watson Health
  • Optum Labs
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Google Health
  • Microsoft Health

Consulting Organizations

  • Accenture
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • IBM Watson Health
  • IBM Global Business Services
  • Abt Associates
  • Battelle
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • SAIC
  • Mitre Corporation
  • IQVIA

Job Titles Include:

  • Community health director
  • Program coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Engagement Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • Grants Manager

Sample List of Companies that Employ Population Health Graduates:

Advocacy and Research Organizations

  • American Hospital Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American College of Surgeons

Non-Profit Research Organizations

  • RTI International
  • FHI 360
  • ECRI Institute

Job Titles Include:

  • Professor
  • Research associate

Job Titles Include:

  • Health Educator
  • Grants Manager
  • Policy Scientist
  • Population health policy analyst

Sample List of Companies that Employ Population Health Graduates:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • State Health Department
  • County Health Department
  • Peace Corps

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Population Health Degree Contact

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