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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES

 About Department of Public Health Sciences

Main Office
Ahlberg Hall 135
316-978-3060
phs@wichita.edu
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Mission and Vision

Objectives

National Affiliations

Message from Chair

The faculty and staff of the Wichita State University Department of Public Health Sciences are dedicated to excellence in education through teaching, scholarship, and service. Faculty include individuals from diverse disciplines who have a research interest in the broader public health arena. Teaching methods include community outreach and practica as well as online and in-person classroom activities. This combination of methods and approaches provides opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration which is essential in today’s fast-changing health care environment.

WSU is uniquely positioned to synergize the expertise of public health with all aspects of healthcare, which include but are not limited to science, business, and government. The department offers certificates, licensing, coursework, undergraduate and graduate programs in order to meet the needs of students at all points in their health care education and careers. Upon graduation, dedicated students are well poised for employment and leadership opportunities in their field.

Mission and Vision

To prepare leaders to work effectively across the lifespan among diverse populations in an interprofessional health system.

The Department of Public Health Sciences shares the College of Health Professions vision to lead change in healthcare education.

Objectives

Public Health Sciences program objectives are to provide a learning environment in which students:

  • Develop a broad understanding of social and scientific principles necessary for a career in the public health sciences.
  • Obtain the clinical foundation required to work in entry-level public health science positions and/or to advance into graduate health profession education.
  • Explore the political, legal, social, multicultural, and ethical issues that impact the practice of healthcare.
  • Expand interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration among the health professions.
  • Apply scientific knowledge, humanistic values, critical analysis, and a systematic approach to solving problems.
  • Develop skills that prepare them to interact as professionals within a diverse, interdisciplinary health care environment.
  • Develop skills for continuing professional growth and lifelong learning.

National Affiliations

  1. The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management and Community Development (HSMCD) program is member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network.
     
  2. The Master of Arts in Aging Studies is a charter member and meets the standards for gerontology programs of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the professional organization of post-secondary gerontology programs in the United States.
     
  3. All of our programs are affiliated with the Alpha Eta Honor Society. Graduates and faculty of all PHS degree programs who meet the requirements for membership can be nominated to be inducted as a chapter member.