Determinants of Population Health by the CDC
Image provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2014
Population Health focuses on protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles to attain or maintain wellness, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases.
Many factors contribute to a person’s current state of health.  Although medical care is an important component, social determinants such as socioeconomic status, culture, lifestyle choices, environment, and healthy child development play very important roles.  Population Health students focus on addressing these determinants.

Population Health students will investigate and develop innovative solutions to health concerns from a behavioral, societal, biological, and organizational perspective.  Future professional responsibilities may include:

  • Serving as a program assistant with an national health organization
  • Working as a research assistant with a nonprofit organization
  • Doing consulting work related to disease prevention
  • Working at a company that does health communication and health marketing
  • Conducting air or water quality sampling and surveying
  • Baptist College offers students an interprofessional educational opportunity, integrating Population Health and Clinical Program students together to improve patient outcomes
  • Baptist College offers the only Bachelor’s Degree in a public health field in the Mid-South
  • All students are required to complete an internship which will provide them with population health and/or health education experience
  • Job growth for Population Health graduates exceeds the national averages, with varied opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally



Graduates will be prepared for jobs in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government, doctors’ offices, private businesses, and colleges/universities.  
They will serve in fields such as:
  • Health education
  • Health promotions
  • Community health worker
  • Community advocacy
  • Public health 
  • Health administration
  • Epidemiology

Students may also choose to pursue graduate level degrees in Public Health, or go to medical school, pharmacy school, physician assistant programs, etc.


    • Students are admitted into the Population Health Program upon selection of the major during the admission process
    • Curriculum consists of 120 credit hours
      • Students will choose major electives in areas of:
        • Global Health
        • Sociobehavioral Health
    • An internship/capstone experience is a requirement (and is included in the 120 credit hours)
    • Students can choose to follow a 4-year or accelerated 3-year curriculum plan to complete the 120 credit hour program