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Undergraduate Programs

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    The Public Health major prepares students for work as Public Health Educators. Graduates are prepared to identify health risks facing a diverse set of individuals and communities, develop and evaluate programs and other strategies to promote health and prevent disease, advocate for health-related legislation and policy, and serve as a source of accurate information for your community about health issues. The goal of the those working in community health is to prevent health problems from occurring and improve health and quality of life for individuals and communities. Graduates are prepared for careers in areas such as substance abuse prevention, nutrition and physical activity promotion, sexual health education, and are employed in local/state/national public health agencies or local/state non-profits. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health makes students eligible to sit for the Community Health Education Specialist Exam (CHES), a certification nationally recognized by employers as a gold standard in public health practice.

  • The B.S. in Exercise Science focuses on the scientific and applied study of the human body with regards to performance and prevention of injury. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will learn the research behind and the application of sound exercise and physiology principals. Learn More

  • Accelerated Degree Option

    B.S and M.S. Public Health - Undergraduate students may be eligible to register for up to four, 500-level courses that they can use towards their M.S. degree. This is the equivalent of 1 semester of coursework at the graduate level. Once admitted to the MS Public Health program, those 12 credit hours of 500 level graduate courses can be applied toward their graduate degree requirements. Students must have earned at least a 3.0 in any course to be counted toward both degrees. These credit hours can count both toward their 120 credit hours needed for their undergraduate degree and the 48 credit hours needed for their graduate MS Public Health degree. Contact Dr. Kelly Bonnar for more information about this accelerated degree option.

    Graduate Program

    • The M.S. in Public Health is a 100% online program that trains students to practice in the field of public health, which serves to promote, protect and preserve health through education, research, and policy. The curriculum fosters the development of core public health competencies, preparing students to lead and administer public health initiatives.


    • Public Health Minor
      The Minor in Public Health (formerly Community Health Minor) is designed for students who wish to add specific health knowledge and skills to another major.
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      The Minor in Fitness will provide students with an understanding of the role of behaviors (including diet and physical activity) in human health, as well as an in-depth examination of fitness.
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      The Minor in Nutrition provides students with an in-depth examination of nutrition as a community health concern.
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      The Minor in Sexual Health enables students to examine a range of sexual health issues in the context of community health.
    • Loading... The Minor in Therapeutic Recreation prepares students to help special populations use their leisure time in engaging, healthy and meaningful ways.
    • The Minor in Wilderness Education prepares students to become leaders in wilderness settings. If winter camping, rock and ice climbing interest you or are already your passion, this is the program for you.

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    Caroline Whitaker '25 talks about her path at SUNY Potsdam in the teacher education and wilderness education programs, and her efforts to launch the Ski and Snowboard Club on campus!