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Major & Minor Programs

At a time of change in the world of health, the demand for professionals with expertise in health data science is growing at a rapid pace. The fields of population health, precision medicine and health innovation and technology seeks to advance our understanding of the multiple determinants of health, from cell to society, and how they interact to produce the health outcomes that we observe. At the College of Health, we are committed to developing our undergraduate students to succeed and lead in these emerging fields.

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Population Health Major

Lehigh’s Bachelor of Science in Population Health degree prepares students to investigate the determinants of health using data science and identify novel and effective avenues for disease prevention, health promotion, diagnosis, and intervention.  To earn a degree, students are required to complete 124 credits including major requirements and college distribution requirements in English, social sciences, and the humanities. Suggested course of study plan for pre-health students.

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Core Requirements

POPH 001 Introduction to Population Health
POPH 002 Population Health Research Methods & Application
EPI 304 Methods in Epidemiology I

Data Science Sequence

BSTA 001 & BSTA 002 Population Health Data Science I & Algorithms Lab I
BSTA 101 & BSTA 103 Population Health Data Science II & Algorithms Lab II

Determinants of Health (2 courses of choice)

CGH 103 Biological & Environmental Determinants of Health
CGH 104 Sociocultural & Political Determinants of Health
CGH 105 Commercial Determinants of Health

Capstone Project

POPH 301 Population Health Capstone (Proposal)
POPH 302 Population Health Capstone (Execution)

Seminars

Students are required to complete a minimum of six 1-credit special topics seminars.

Concentration Electives

4 courses chosen in consultation with an adviser in an area of concentration.

Community and Global Health Major

Launching Fall 2021

4+1 accelerated programs

Lehigh's College of Health offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Population Health or a Master of Public Health at an accelerated pace.  Students accepted into the 4+1 accelerated program begin taking graduate classes during the junior and senior years and complete the program one year after graduating with the BS in Population Health.  Current Lehigh students enrolled in the College of Health and pursuing a BS in population health who earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 may elect to be enrolled in the  4+1 accelerated program once they have achieved junior standing, a minimum of 54 credits.  All other students must apply for acceptance. Learn more >

Minor Programs

Population Health Minor

The minor in Population Health is for students not pursuing a BS in population health. The minor program is open to all Lehigh undergraduate students as well as students from other accredited institutions. There are no additional admissions requirements.

  • POPH 001 Introduction to Population Health (4 cr.)
  • One Population Health Seminar (1 cr.)
  • BSTA 001 Population Health Data Science I (3 cr.) & BSTA 002 Algorithms Lab I (1 cr.)
  • EPI 304 Methods in Epidemiology I (4 cr.)
  • One elective chosen in consultation with advisor (3-4 cr.)

Global Health Minor

The minor in global health will prepare students to be global and population health leaders through research, education, and experiential learning, both domestically and internationally. Students who participate in the global health minor will have a strong interest in examining the ways health disparities and specific risk factors affect local and global populations. The minor aims to provide students with skills to evaluate global health programs and design evidence-based interventions. To function well in the field of global health, students must be able to recognize cultural differences, consider social inequalities, and work with diverse groups.  A large focus is also on the ethics of global health research and interventions. The minor program aims to help prepare students for a wide array of potential career paths in global health or population health. Our program’s educational goal is to have students demonstrate cultural awareness and apply ethical approaches that foster improvement in global health.

  • CGH 004 Introduction to Global Health (3 cr.)
  • POPH 012 Seminar: Ethics in Population (1 cr.)
  • CGH 016 Seminar: Cultural Understanding and Health (1 cr.)
  • Field Experience: Internship, research project or experiential learning abroad (3-4 cr.)
  • One elective chosen in consultation with advisor (3-4 cr.)

Indigenous Peoples Health Minor

The undergraduate minor in Indigenous Peoples Health will provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts and perspectives needed to work with the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and their communities.  Through their coursework students will learn about issues such as sovereignty, colonialism, historical trauma, and the connections these concepts play in the health disparities, inequalities, and inequities Indigenous peoples face today.  Students will also learn the basics of developing and implementing health programs with Indigenous peoples and their communities.  The minor focus and progression will be developed by the student in consultation with the Indigenous Peoples Health minor advisor.

  • CGH 122 Indigenous Healing Traditions (3 cr.)
  • CGH 322 Contemporary Indigenous Health (3 cr.)
  • Independent Study or Research (3-4 cr.)
  • Two electives chosen in consultation with advisor (6-8 cr.)

Population Health Careers

Lehigh’s population health alumni may pursue careers in the private sector, nonprofit organizations, or local, state, federal and international governmental institutions, or go on to obtain graduate-level research or clinical training. They may work in fields including epidemiology, medicine, data science, biostatistics, global health, health economics, health policy, community health, health promotion, and health technology and innovation.

For example, graduates can work in many different industries in a variety of roles.

Job Titles Include:

  • Population health data scientist
  • Population health researcher
  • Industry consultant
  • Global health specialist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Health program specialist
  • Project analyst
  • Population health systems integrator
  • Epidemiologist/Biostatistician
  • Research analyst

Sample List of Companies that Employ Population Health Graduates:

Health Care Providers and Payers

  • Hospitals and Health Networks
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Health Technology Firms
  • BD
  • Amgen
  • Pfizer
  • Optum Labs
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Google Health
  • Microsoft Health

Consulting Organizations

  • Accenture
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • IBM Global Business Services
  • Abt Associates
  • Battelle
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • SAIC
  • Mitre Corporation
  • IQVIA

Job Titles Include:

  • Community health director
  • Program coordinator
  • Project manager
  • Engagement specialist
  • Health educator
  • Grants manager

Sample List of Organizations that Employ Population Health Graduates:

Advocacy and Research Organizations

  • American Hospital Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American College of Surgeons

Nonprofit Research Organizations

  • RTI International
  • FHI 360
  • ECRI Institute

Job Titles Include:

  • Professor
  • Research associate

Job Titles Include:

  • Health educator
  • Grants manager
  • Policy scientist
  • Population health policy analyst

Sample List of Organizations that Employ Population Health Graduates:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • State Health Department
  • County Health Department
  • Peace Corps

Top Population Health Questions Asked By High School Students

Read the top questions below about the Population Health major and the Population Health certificate programs and also review our general FAQs to learn more about the College of Health.

Although Lehigh University does not have a formal “pre-med” major, there is a recommended track of courses for students who are considering medical school. The College of Health has mapped out the undergraduate program to ensure that students who are enrolled in the BS in Population Health are able to complete the pre-med requirements along with the BS in Population Health requirements within four years. Furthermore, students who pursue advanced clinical degrees after graduation will be well-equipped with the education, experience and skills to address specific population health challenges that exist within health care systems. Learn more information about the pre-med requirements >

Current students enrolled in the College of Health are planning double majors in Astrophysics, Economics, Behavioral Neuroscience, Business, and Health, Medicine, and Society. A double-major taken outside the College of Health is considered a two-bachelor-degree program and students must meet university requirements. The College of Health faculty and staff will support students interested in exploring their options for a robust academic experience.

The goal of the College of Health is to ensure our students gain hands-on technical skills needed to excel in the field of population health, which is accomplished through experiential learning opportunities embedded in the curriculum and formal internship experiences with our partners.

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