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LHU to host virtual open house for students interested in public health careers

Lock Haven University is a leader in educating students planning a career in healthcare professions including public health education. The virtual open house will assist students in meeting faculty and learning about the opportunities in public health at LHU.

"Public health education can be a rewarding career for students especially those with an interest in making an impact upon communities. Our students graduate prepared to enter the workforce or move onto graduate school," Dr. Kathleen Allison, professor, said.

Allison said the field is growing and is expected to continue to expand, especially in roles like public health educator, epidemiologist, public health services manager and emergency management.

"Lock Haven University can offer students small class sizes, practical and applied classes and internships, a public health student club, graduate school preparation, research opportunities and even personalized advising," Dr. Rick Schulze, professor, said. "Public health is booming in most states. Americans have been impacted by COVID and it is a reminder of just how important public health professionals are needed throughout the country."

The Department of Health Science offers a bachelor's degree in health science - community and public health education track. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. Some students graduate programs in public health education, epidemiology, health administration and related fields.
A number of trends have produced many job opportunities for public health applicants including COVID, an aging population and a rise in chronic diseases. Public health applicants with backgrounds in data analysis, strong communication skills and an ability to work with diverse communities are especially in demand.

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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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