Public Health at Syracuse—Where Community = Classroom

Service-learning and community engagement are cornerstones of public health education at Falk College. By purposefully integrating classroom instruction with hands-on opportunities, longstanding faculty-agency collaborations locally and globally allow us to customize student learning experiences while helping address some of today’s most pressing public health needs.

Our vision is to have a transformational impact on the health and well-being of communities in Central New York and beyond.

We create opportunities for both faculty and students to advance health equity while providing a high-quality curriculum that is grounded in social justice. Through excellent teaching, we advance both the science and practice of public health. Our scholarly pursuits support the multiple communities that we are a part of, and we recognize that we have a responsibility to engage with our civic partners to achieve diversity and inclusion. We welcome, encourage, and respect diverse voices, experiences, perspectives, and approaches while we work together to achieve integrity, high standards of excellence, professional ethics, and personal integrity in all that we do.

We strive to eliminate health inequities through all the work we do in our research, teaching, community engagement, and advocacy.

Join us to help us make a difference in the world around us!

Our programs include:

  • A bachelor of science in public health (BSPH) – a 4-year professional degree program that prepares individuals for entry level positions in public health. Includes a 30-credit public health core requirement and a 15-credit concentration in addiction studies, community health education, health and society, or healthcare management.
  • A master of public health (MPH) – a 2-year professional degree program for individuals seeking training and experience in applied public health practice with a focus in global health.
  • An accelerated BSPH/MPH – an advanced public health practice program in which both degrees may be earned in 5 years.
  • Dual degree programs with the Whitman School—an undergraduate public health/business dual degree and a master of public health (MPH) and master of business administration (MBA) dual—prepare you to meet important challenges related to public health and business.
  • Graduate-level certificates of advanced study (CAS) in global health and addiction studies are also offered.
  • Undergraduate minors in public health, addiction studies, and healthcare management offer unique and marketable complements to another major. The addiction studies minor is open to public health majors as well.

Our undergraduate program prepares students to work in a variety of public health positions and newly emerging preventive health areas in corporate wellness centers, college health services, and non-profit agencies with a health promotion or harm reduction focus. Many students plan for graduate education in public health, health administration, health-related social sciences (medical anthropology, medical sociology, or health psychology), health policy and the law, and the health professions (medicine, nursing, physician assistance, pharmacy, or dentistry). Our graduate programs prepare students to pursue careers in health analytics, global health, or as generalist public health practitioners. Students are also prepared to advance their education further in Doctorate of Public Health or Ph.D. Public Health programs.

Graduates of Falk College’s public health program have unlimited potential to positively impact the world. The change you want to see in the world starts with your education —and it starts today.

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