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How do I Choose a Public Health University?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 14 September 2018
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There are three items to consider when choosing the best public health university: admissions requirements, accreditation, and faculty. A public health university is usually organized within the faculty of public health. A public health program is not intended for people who want to work with patients on an individual level. Rather, the concern is for a larger community, city, or country. The primary focus is to prevent the spread of disease.

Deciding on the best public health university is a difficult process, as this is a very specialized program available in a limited number of schools. Look at the level of program available from the different schools. Some are able to offer only a bachelor's degree program, while others extend to the graduate and doctoral levels.

In order to qualify for admission to a public health university, you must have a high school diploma and courses in biology, chemistry, and English. There is a high demand for graduates of these programs, which is causing the admissions requirements to increase. Some programs are restricting admissions to candidates who have already completed some type of training or work experience in the health services sector. These candidates have a better understanding of public health issues and the impact on the broader community.

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If you are looking at the best public health university in the country or state, only students with the very best combination of marks and letters of recommendation are offered admissions. If you don't have the very best marks in your class, think about applying to other health services schools. There is little value in being the worst student in the best school. Look for an institution that will challenge you, but also allow you to experience success.

When looking for a public health university, check the accreditation status of the school. An accredited school has been reviewed by an independent third party. Courses from an accredited school can be transferred to other post-secondary institutions, which is very important due to the small number of schools with this program. Accredited schools are able to offer students access to government student aid programs.

Most public health universities provide the biographies of their faculty or course instructors on their website. The information provided typically includes the academic credentials, research focus, publications, and any awards they have received. Take a close look at the recent publications from the different schools. Determine the primary area of research for the instructors and think about which school can provide the best fit for you.

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