As the Dean of the College of Health Professions, it is my great pleasure to tell you about our new programs in Public Health here at Ferris State University. Public Health is my discipline by academic preparation and practice and the creation of public health programming was a goal I established when I became the Dean of this College in 2012. It is exciting to be able to now officially launch public health in the 2014-15 academic year and I am very excited that you are exploring our public health programs here at Ferris.
Ferris, we have the distinction of offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in public health. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) will prepare graduates for entry level public health/ community health positions and will serve as a great foundation for the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at the graduate level, where graduates will have the opportunity to pursue more focused areas of study such as epidemiology, health services administration, environmental health and health education/behavioral science. Students who qualify may want to consider the accelerated track that allows the completion of the BSPH and MPH within five years.
The public health programs at Ferris focus on “rural health” as an area of underserved populations by virtue of their rural location. Courses in the public health program will prepare graduates to work in many diverse areas of public health, but with the value added focus on the special population health needs of rural communities.
Finally, I want to tell you about the outstanding public health faculty we have here at Ferris who bring diverse and relevant areas of expertise in public health to help us offer programs of quality. They are all actively involved in various areas of public health research which will inform their teaching and ultimately, your learning.
I encourage you to explore this web page to learn more about public health and perhaps consider it as a future career for you. This just may be the health career you are looking for!
Matthew Adeyanju, Ph.D., MPH
Dean of the College of Health Professions