Last week, April 7-11th, was National Public Health Week and it was exciting to see the College of Allied Health celebrate this week-long event on campus. Our team of faculty, staff, and students did a fantastic job of planning the daily events which were designed to raise awareness about the broad aspects of public health. And a special thanks and recognition go to Grace Crosby, Morgan Miller, Mary Davidson, and Dr. Melissa Wigginton for their tremendous efforts!!
We have already posted other blogs related to the details of the week (please click around on this site to review the daily posts) so I won’t share all the specifics again. The purpose of my comments today relate to the vastness of public health and the opportunity to serve large populations of people with a desire to transform lives for the better. We are fortunate to be a part of an institution that teaches and encourages our students to ‘live their purpose’ and public health is one of the best ways to do this. From disaster relief to health education to physical activity to disease management and prevention, opportunities to serve are everywhere in public health.
So, as we launch our Bachelor of Science in Public Health and our Master’s Degree in Public Health in the fall semester of 2014 we are excited to know that these students and future public health professionals will be given the opportunity to live out their purpose by transforming lives.
Charles D. Sands, PhD, MEd
Dean, College of Allied Health
Professor, Health Science