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Population Health Major & Population Health Certificate Programs

At a time of change in the world of health, the demand for professionals with expertise in population health and data science is growing at a rapid pace. The field of population health science 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.

Population Health Major - BS in Population Health

Lehigh’s Bachelor of Science in Population Health degree will prepare students to investigate the determinants of health using data science, and to identify novel and effective avenues for disease prevention, health promotion, diagnosis, and intervention.

The program will combine courses in population health with foundational courses in mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences and computer science.

Students will gain knowledge and skills through coursework, experiential learning opportunities, research projects and engagement with traditional and nontraditional partners in pursuit of a healthier world.

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Population Health
  • Population Health Research Methods
  • Research Ethics in Population Health
  • History of Population Health
  • Biological Basis of Population Health
  • Population Health Capstone
  • Seminar: Scientific Writing
  • Population Health Data Science
  • Methods in Epidemiology

Visit the course catalog for full course information.

Areas of Concentration

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Innovation and Technology
  • Global Health
  • Social and Behavioral Health
  • Health Policy and Management

Population Health Certificate Programs

The College of Health will also offer four undergraduate certificate programs in Population Health, Global Population Health, LGBTQ+ Population Health and Maternal and Child Population Health. These certificate programs are open to all Lehigh undergraduate students as well as students from other accredited institutions. The certificates can complement majors pursued within Lehigh’s other undergraduate colleges.

Population Health Certificate

The Population Health Certificate is a 12-15 credit program that will include core courses in population health and experiential learning related to the understanding and investigation of multiple determinants of health from cell to society.

Global Population Health Certificate

The Global Population Health Certificate is a 12-15 credit program that will include core courses in global population health, experiential learning and international fieldwork relating to global health. Students will gain an understanding of global health concerns and their determinants, and comparative approaches for health promotion, disease prevention and health care delivery in the international sphere.

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
  • IBM Watson Health
  • Optum Labs
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Google Health
  • Microsoft Health

Consulting Organizations

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

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.

The core of the curriculum has been mapped out and will be rooted in population health data science with a focus on health innovation and technology. All of the population health courses will be 4 credits – 3 credits will be theoretical/classroom based, and 1 credit will be lab/hands-on. Students will be afforded with an array of experiential learning opportunities with faculty, research and service. Initial tracks/program areas have also been mapped out with the intention of collaborating across Lehigh’s existing Colleges.

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 in consultation with the Pre-Med track. This will ensure that students who are enrolled in the BS in Population Health are able to complete the degree and apply to medical school. 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.

The BS in Population Health from the College of Health will be a stand-alone degree, and the College will offer only one degree with concentrations (not various majors). This means that any additional major coupled with the BS in Pop Health will be considered a dual degree program. In addition, three undergraduate certificate programs will be offered: 1) Population Health; 2) Global Population Health; and 3) LGBTQ Population Health. 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 will be accomplished through experiential learning opportunities embedded in the curriculum and a formal internship experience. The College is actively engaging with external partners to identify internship opportunities for students. We are currently in conversations with local organizations and companies as well as those that have a statewide, national and/or global reach.

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