Community engagement is at the heart of the bachelor of science in public health at Syracuse University’s Falk College. Utilizing a service learning approach to integrate classroom instruction with hands-on opportunities, deep, long-standing faculty-agency collaborations allow us to customize each and every student learning experience while helping address some of the community’s most pressing public health needs. Following 480 required hours of service learning, our students demonstrate high proficiency in health promotion, engaging in health education, understanding diversity and improving health literacy. Our service learning requirement culminates with a Senior-Year Capstone Internship where students demonstrate their expertise in applying public health knowledge and skill in a practice setting. Opportunities to study global public health exist, including our South Africa school-based health education program.
Graduates of Syracuse’s BSPH program meet the National Commission on Health Education’s (NCHE) education training requirements for credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).