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 community-based public health problems.
- Summarize the intervention and disease prevention strategies to sustain and improve quality of life.
- Write and communicate applicable case summaries.
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