School of Public Health and Health Professions Adds New Undergraduate Program in Public Health

Published August 11, 2017

The University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will add a new undergraduate degree program in public health to its academic offerings. The program will be available beginning in the fall of 2017.

Public health represents a growing and dynamic field with opportunities to address the world’s most pressing health problems. The discipline is a combination of both the science and art of advancing the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations through education, promotion of healthy behaviors, and research on disease and injury prevention.

The undergraduate degree program, which offers graduates a Bachelor of Science in public health, provides students with the skills necessary to understand the factors that influence health and to take a public health approach to addressing these factors to improve health outcomes for individuals and societies.

“There are substantial synergies between public health education and the University at Buffalo’s strengths and signature areas,” says Dr. Marc Kiviniemi, director of undergraduate public health initiatives and associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior.

“The undergraduate degree in public health arguably has some fit with all of UB’s institutional themes, with especially strong ties to health professions, health equity, and the impact of our environment on health. Students in this program ultimately can seek careers in health professions, management, and environmental sciences, to name a few,” Dr. Kiviniemi said.

In addition to the undergraduate degree in public health, the UB SPHHP will also add an undergraduate degree program in statistics, and a combined bachelor’s in exercise science and master’s in athletic training program. Both programs will also be available beginning in the fall.

“The addition of the new programs provides new opportunities for students interested in joining our school and the university,” said Dr. Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.

“We focused on growing our academic offerings of degree programs in high demand in the workforce in the coming years and that complement our current academic programs. Our School of Public Health and Health Professions is in a unique position and one of only a few programs in New York State with such offerings. We continue to enroll an increasingly diverse student population and have the ability to connect our students with our outstanding alumni base,” Dr. Wactawski-Wende added.

Information for interested students

Students interested in these new programs should contact the SPHHP Office for Academic and Student Affairs at 716-829-5000 or sphhp-oasa@buffalo.edu. Information on all the academic offerings provided by SPHHP is available at sphhp.buffalo.edu.