Department of Public Health Sciences

Academics in Public Health Sciences

Undergraduate

Certificates

Graduate

B.S. in Health Science

B.S. in Languages in International Health (Joint Program)

Undergraduate Public Health Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research

M.S./Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation

Clemson University's Department of Public Health Sciences a wide variety of programs and degrees designed to provide students with a global, well-rounded education in all facets of public health.  The department offers educational opportunities to students who wish to pursue different concentrations in public health, including cardiovascular imaging leadership, health services administration, health promotion and education, and health services administration.  The department also offers joint degree programs with other Colleges units at Clemson University.  The Department of Public Health Sciences courses are taught by experienced faculty who integrate evidence-based practice and cutting edge research into the classroom.

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science

The coursework required for the bachelor's degree in science will prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the health field, one of the largest industries in the United States. The curriculum consists of a group of core courses and four concentration emphasis areas.  The concentrations are designed to gain an in-depth knowledge in a chosen area of public health, and include the following concentration:

Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership (CVT) concentration

The CVT concentration will provide students with a required core of public health science, and leadership courses on-campus and clinical training in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging at the

Institute of Vascular Health (IVH), Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina. The goal of this concentration is to address the growing need for graduates highly trained for leadership roles in cardiovascular imaging with public health and administration backgrounds. The concentration will produce graduates who can demonstrate the capacity to function as statewide and national leaders in the rapidly growing healthcare field, which is characterized by diversity, technological advances, and rapid change.

Students accepted into this concentration will take 125-128 credit hours of coursework, including eight courses in cardiovascular imaging technology. These courses are taught by highly trained faculty with expertise in the areas of cardiovascular sonography and leadership. Graduates of this concentration will be prepared to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) exams and enter the work field as an entry-level cardiovascular sonographer.

Health Services Administration (HSA) concentration

This concentration will provide students the skills and competencies in health administration and management for entry-level careers or graduate study in health services administration or related field. This concentration was developed by the department in response to emerging trends and changes in health administration, and the increasing desire of students to work in the field of health administration. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than the average of all occupations as the health services industry continues to expand and diversify.

Students accepted into this concentration will take 120-121 credit hours of coursework, including courses specific to the HSA concentration. A minor in Business Administration is a required component of this concentration.

Health Promotion and Education (HPE) concentration

This HPE concentration will provide students the skills and competencies in necessary to assess health problems and develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion and education programs. The health education and promotion field has established standards for approval and accreditation of professional preparation programs. The occupation of "health educator" has been included in the revisions to the public health occupation categories within the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system by the Departments of Labor and Commerce. The definition of the occupation is "design, organize, implement, communicate, and provide advice on and evaluate the effects of educational programs and strategies designed to support and modify health related behaviors of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Courses within this concentration area allow students to qualify for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam

Students accepted into this concentration will take 120-122 credit hours of coursework, including courses specific to the HPE concentration.

Pre-Professional Studies in Health (PPHS) concentration

The PPHS concentration is designed for students who plan to seek entrance in graduate or professional programs including medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, and other clinical programs. This concentration will meet the undergraduate admission requirements for advanced training in clinical graduate programs.

Students accepted into this concentration will take 120-123 credit hours of coursework, including courses specific to graduate program admittance in advanced clinical programs.

Language and International Health (LIH) Joint Program

The Department of Languages in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the Department of Public Health Sciences offers a joint Bachelor of Science in Languages and International Health. Students in this degree program will acquire knowledge in public health theory and practice, including the history and philosophy of public health and medicine; the organization, management, and financing of health services; the social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, health evaluation methods, and health communications. Students will also acquire communicative competence in the target language and its culture, literature, health environments, and multicultural issues. This program requires the completion of one semester of study abroad.

This degree program is located in the Department of Languages located at 713 Strode Tower. For more information contact Dr. Graciela Tissera, Director and Associate Professor, Department of Languages - (864) 656-3493.

Certificates

Undergraduate Public Health Certificate

The Department of Public Health Sciences is offering a nine credit undergraduate-level Certificate for all students enrolled at Clemson University. The goal of this certificate is to provide basic educational training in core public health concepts and applications for students who intend to apply to graduate programs in public health, or desire introductory coursework in public health as preparation for professional schools.

The undergraduate-level Public Health Certificate is made up of three certificate HLTH courses (9 hours).

Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research

The Department of Public Health Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University is now offering a 12 credit graduate-level certificate in Health Services Research at the University Center of Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina. The goal of this certificate is intended to enhance research skills of health professionals in all health related fields.

The Certificate includes four CLEMSON courses (12 credits) that will be offered during the academic year at the University Center of Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina.

Graduate

M.S./Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation

The Department of Public Health Sciences is now offering a M.S./Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation.  The goal of this graduate program is to produce healthcare researchers who incorporate skills from, and collaborate among, a wide range of disciplines.  Because the program fosters transdisciplinary faculty collaboration and will involve research partnerships in communities and healthcare settings in the region, its graduates will be prepared to conduct applied research and evaluation that improves a wide variety of health delivery systems.

The M.S./Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation graduate program has a minimum requirement of 66 credit hours for students entering with a bachelor's degree or 54 credit hours for students entering with a master's degree.  Students are required to complete core and cognate course requirements, and dissertation credit hour requirements.  In addition, students will be required to pass the qualifier exam, dissertation proposal defense, final oral dissertation defense, and final comprehensive exam.  Students entering the program with an M.S. could exempt a maximum of 12 credit hours if appropriate courses were taken in their master degree program. Students applying to the Ph.D. program will be expected to have completed 6 credit hours of statistics or research methods.