OUr majors

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Students earning a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CMS) study the human communication processes related to speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Students will study normal communication across the lifespan, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, and get an overview of disorders related to speech, language, hearing, balance, and swallowing, as well as the clinical treatments associated with these disorders.‚Äč

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Health Science

The Health Science major is the first step toward a career in the rewarding field of health care. Students learn to think critically about various individual and public health issues and gain knowledge in the health care system, human disease and disability, leadership and communication. Graduates go on to earn graduate degrees in programs such as medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, health administration, and nursing.

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Public Health

The Public Health (BPH) program is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn foundation skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic health environment and provide students with the knowledge and skills for both individual and community-based health care. Students obtain the core skills necessary for advanced education in public health or a related field.

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Combination Degrees

Students have options to pursue three specialized combination degrees. Combination degrees are joint undergraduate-graduate / professional degrees that allow students to apply early to PHHP graduate / professional programs and if accepted, earn credits for these programs while an undergraduate student. The three combination degree tracks are: Master’s in Public Health; Master’s of Science in Biostatistics; and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate.

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College Minors

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Communication Sciences and Disorders minor provides students with a foundation in the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, and the normal development of hearing, speech and language skills. Students interested in this minor typically major in pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-dental, nursing, linguistics, psychology and education.

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Deaf and Hearing Sciences

The Deaf and Hearing Studies minor includes language classes in American Sign Language and classes to deepen awareness of the impact of hearing loss on everyday life and function. Students also gain an appreciation of the anatomy and physiology of the ear and rehabilitation approaches for individuals with hearing loss.

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Health Science

The Health Science minor introduces foundational knowledge and skills to students whose career goal is to work in health care. The minor curriculum requires approved electives to round academic skills and interests in areas related to the social and natural sciences.

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Public Health

This minor enables students to acquire public health knowledge that complements their career paths. The minor is designed for students going into careers other than public health who can benefit from public health knowledge in the delivery of their services.

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Welcome to the undergraduate programs in the College of Public Health and Health Professions! Our aim is to provide you the very best preparation for a future in the health professions or public health. Whether you are pursuing a degree in Health Science, Public Health, or Communication Sciences and Disorders, you will be learning from and interacting with recognized leaders in all areas of the health spectrum. This mostly occurs in the classroom, but also includes opportunities to collaborate with researchers examining priority health needs, to contribute to community initiatives that impact the health of populations, and to practice leadership and communication skills within a health context. Throughout your time in our college, our faculty, advisors, and Program Directors will work with you to help you achieve your career goals. We look forward to serving you.

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Student Spotlight

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Lindsey Berkowitz

Berkowitz, Lindsey

bachelor of health science — communication sciences and disorders

Emily McHugh

Emily McHugh

Alumni spotlight

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Ashley-Marie Bodor

Nurse and B.H.S. graduate Ashley-Marie Bodor finds joy supporting lung transplant patients.

Ashley-Marie Bodor

Bachelor of public health ’19

Allison Petkoff

Allison Petkoff is completing a fellowship at the Infectious Disease Policy Office at the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

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College resources


PHHP Wellness Program

The PHHP Wellness Program encourages faculty, staff, and students to engage in activities that will benefit their overall health and wellbeing. The program incorporates contemporary initiatives that encompass the eight dimensions of wellness, which are emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.

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PHHP Scholarships

The college offers several scholarships, which are typically awarded during the spring semester. Undergraduate junior and senior students in the Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Public Health degree programs are eligible to apply.

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