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Academics & Programs

Technology is revolutionizing health and health care creating unprecedented demand for data scientists with expertise in health. The College of Health focuses on population health, a convergence science that draws upon multiple fields, creates a new paradigm and methods of inquiry to fill this critical education and training gap.

Through an innovative curriculum, experiential learning programs and immersion in Lehigh’s interdisciplinary academic culture, students at the College of Health are challenged to learn in the classroom and apply their knowledge in the real world. At any point along their academic and career path, on campus or online, students and professionals alike can find their intellectual home in the College of Health. When their training is complete, they will be prepared to improve the lives of millions of people the world over.

Undergraduate Programs

The College of Health is in a unique position to develop students capable of meeting the ever-increasing employment needs of the health care sector. Signature degree programs at the undergraduate level include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Population Health
  • Certificate programs
  • Accelerated 4:1 (combined BS/MS and BS/MPH) 

Learn more about undergraduate programs in population health >

Graduate Programs

The College of Health is committed to developing the next generation of innovative and diverse scientists and leaders in population health through its signature graduate programs, including a Master of Science (MS) in Population Health, a Master of Public Health (MPH), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Population Health. The MS and MPH are offered as a traditional 2-year program in person and on-line and as an accelerated 4:1 combined BS/MS and BS/MPH for qualified students entering into or currently enrolled in the College of Health.  Students accepted into the accelerated 4:1 program begin taking courses towards the graduate degree during their junior or senior year and complete the program the following summer.   

For additional information, contact Dr. Fathima Wakeel, Director of Graduate Programs.  

The Master of Science (MS) in Population Health degree prepares graduate students to investigate and address health determinants using data science and develop novel and effective avenues for disease diagnosis and prevention, health promotion, and intervention. The program combines foundational courses in population health with additional data science, qualitative research methods, population health survey methods, research ethics, and policymaking. Students gain knowledge and skills through coursework, experiential learning opportunities, research projects, and engagement with traditional and non-traditional partners to pursue a healthier world. 

The MS degree requires a minimum of 42 credits. It provides students with a strong conceptual background in population health and extensive methodological expertise in data science and qualitative research.  All majors will obtain a strong foundation in population health by completing Population Health Concepts and Methods; Biological Basis of Population Health: Concepts and Methods; Health Data and Computational Science; and Social Determinants of Population Health. Students will also be required to take Methods in Epidemiology I; if this course was completed at the undergraduate level at the College of Health, students would be expected to take a Special Topics in Epidemiology course instead during the MS program.  Further, they will enhance their methodological expertise by taking courses in Applications in Statistical Learning; Data Architecture, Mining, and LinkageQualitative Research Methods; and Population Health Survey Methods . Additionally, students will complete two 1-credit seminars in Research Ethics in Population Health and Data-informed Policy Making. Students will also take three concentration elective courses to provide them with additional expertise in substantive and/or methodological areas of interest. The population health thesis integration occurs in the required two-semester sequence. Students propose and implement a population health research paper or project in consultation with a faculty member or an internship site.

Launch of this program is scheduled for Fall 2021 and is currently pending University faculty approval.  

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree prepares graduate students to work in a variety of local, state, national, and global public health research, practice, and policymaking settings. Students will gain expertise in the core domains of public health, investigate and address the determinants of health using data science, and develop novel and effective avenues for disease prevention and health promotion. The program combines foundational courses in public health with additional courses in data science, qualitative research methods, leadership, cultural competence and health, and policymaking. Students gain knowledge and skills through coursework, experiential learning opportunities, research projects, and engagement with traditional and non-traditional partners to pursue a healthier world. The MPH program is designed to meet the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation requirements.

The MPH degree requires a minimum of 42 credits. It provides students with a strong conceptual background in public health and extensive methodological expertise in data science and qualitative research.  All majors take core public health courses, including Health Promotion and Education, Health Data and Computational Science; Environmental Health Sciences: Concepts and Methods; and Health Services, Administration, Politics, and Policy. Students will also be required to take Methods in Epidemiology I; if this course was completed at the undergraduate level at the College of Health, students will be expected to take a Special Topics in Epidemiology course instead during the MPH program.  Further, they will enhance their methodological and practice expertise by taking courses in Data Architecture, Mining, and Linkage; Qualitative Research Methods; and Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. Additionally, students will complete three 1-credit seminars in Leadership and Health Practice, Cultural Competence and Health, and Data-informed Policy Making. Students will also take two elective courses that will provide them with additional expertise in substantive and/or methodological areas of interest. The public health capstone integration occurs in the required two-semester project, in which students plan, implement, and evaluate a public health project at an internship site.

Launch of this program is scheduled for Fall 2021 and is currently pending University faculty approval.  

 

Students applying to enter the College of Health at Lehigh University as a first-year student may elect to apply for direct admittance into the accelerated 4:1 program.  Applications for the accelerated 4:1 program should be submitted through the Common Application or Coalition Application.  Application requirements and deadlines and can be found on the Admissions website.  Students admitted to the accelerated 4:1 program will be notified at the end of March.  Those accepted into the accelerated 4:1 program are expected to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the completion of their first semester of junior status to continue with the MS or MPH.  

Current Lehigh students enrolled in the College of Health and pursuing a BS in population health are may apply to the accelerated 4:1 program once they have achieved junior standing, a minimum of 54 credits.

  • Completed online application
  • $65 application fee
  • Minimum of 3.25 cumulative undergraduate GPA by the end of the first semester of junior standing
  • 2 letters of professional recommendation
  • CV/resume
  • Essay/Personal statement
  • Completion of two advisor-approved graduate-level concentration elective courses (with a grade of “B” or higher”) before undergraduate graduation
  • Successful completion of a bachelor's degree prior to entering a graduate degree
  • No entrance examinations are required.

A graduate of an accredited college or university may apply for admission to the MS or MPH program.  Applications for admission may be completed online and must be filed by July 15 for the following fall semester or by December 1 for the spring semester. Application criteria and requirements for the College of Health are listed below.  Additional information may be found in the course catalog.  

  • Completed online application
  • $65 application fee
  • Recommended GPA Minimum: 3.0 undergraduate GPA or graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a minimum of twelve hours of graduate work at other institutions.  Applicants for the MPH will be considered from individuals with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • Official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
  • 2 letters of professional recommendation
  • CV/resume
  • Essay/Personal statement
  • Successful completion of a bachelor's degree prior to entering a graduate degree
  • No entrance examinations are required.

Future

Future

Executive Education

Our online executive education programs set to launch in 2022 will be tailored to the needs of working professionals.  Working in collaboration with leading health innovation and technology organizations, our programs will meet the "real-time" demands of the market.  

Studying at Lehigh

Lehigh blends entrepreneurial thinking, creative inquiry and rigorous academic programs with a vibrant life in and outside the classroom, offering distinctive programs that support, guide, challenge and inspire our students. Lehigh also values the rich impact that service learning opportunities have on students and their development as professionals and global citizens and partners across the university to bring those offerings to College of Health students. From your first steps on campus until you earn your diploma, Lehigh will help you chart your unique path for success, all within an environment that fosters personal growth and development.

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Colloquium

Population Health Colloquium Series

Lehigh University’s College of Health is pleased to share videos from our premier “Population Health Colloquium Series.” On this YouTube channel, you will find a compilation of compelling videos that showcase panels and lectures from local, national, and international leaders on the most pressing population health challenges of our time. Population health is a convergence science investigating the multiple determinants of health from “cell to society.” As such the sessions touch on a broad range of topics related to health and healthcare.


Our Colloquium series is free and open to the public through on-line registration and meets every month throughout the year. Please join the College of Health for a lively and informative discussion!

Previous Colloquiums