BSPH in Public Health Sociology

The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences offers the only undergraduate degree at OSU in sociology. Blending select courses from the existing sociology degree program with select courses from public health will form a relatively unique interdisciplinary undergraduate specialization in Public Health Sociology. This program will provide a broad pre-professional foundation by expanding shared and complimentary principles of sociology and public health relative to population health and intervention.

Public Health Sociology Specialization Competencies

  • Develop quantitative awareness of the multiple-scale, and multiple interactions that characterize public health problems.
  • Summarize major factors that contribute to human disease and compromised quality of life.
  • Apply theory to public health issues identified within contemporary society.
  • Summarize issues of social inequality and environmental justice.
  • Analyze and interpret fundamental statistical and epidemiological data.
  • Communicate ideas and results that solve public health problems.
  • Summarize intervention and disease prevention strategies to sustain and improve quality of life.

Career Opportunities

Though many students go straight on to a graduate program in public health, to medical school, pharmacy school, or other graduate degree programs, entry-level jobs for BSPH graduates are available. Some options include:

  • Doing consulting work related to disease prevention
  • Working at a company that does health communication and health marketing
  • Responding to calls at a West Nile virus hotline
  • Serving as a program assistant with an international health organization

Some take advantage of government programs to gain more experience such as serving in the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, or participating in a CDC training fellowship. There are also positions specific to public health sociology such as:

  • Youth tobacco prevention specialist 
  • Public health social worker

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