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
  • Baptist College has guaranteed admissions to the Population Health program for Itawamba graduates who have successfully completed their Associate's degree in Public Health Technology and have fulfilled admissions requirements for Baptist College