Degree Program Overview

The Department of Population Health at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) offers a public health degree that will prepare you for a career in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools, government agencies, and other health organizations. Public health workers protect population health through activities such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral health, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, and substance abuse. Public health professionals come from diverse educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields in local, national, and international communities.


Through this program, you will acquire: an understanding of how public health services impact health at the state, national, and global levels; an appreciation of health as a global issue; skills in epidemiology and data surveillance for monitoring disease; strategies to assess population health needs; an awareness of and sensitivity to multicultural differences in health practices; ethical standards, leadership skills; strategies to influence public policy to meet the needs of diverse populations; and tools to implement and evaluate interventions to improve physical and mental health.


You will have the opportunity to participate in a professional internship with a health services organization.

Careers in Public Health

  • Health policy development
  • Community outreach
  • Disease prevention and control
  • Clinical trials
  • Environmental quality and protection

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Program Breakdown
Degree Type

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall and Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Public Health brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15