About the Department of Public Health Sciences

The faculty and staff of the Wichita State University Department of Public Health Sciences are dedicated to excellence in education through teaching, scholarship, and service. Faculty include individuals from diverse disciplines who have a research interest in the broader public health arena. Teaching methods include community outreach and practica as well as online and in-person classroom activities. This combination of methods and approaches provides opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration which is essential in today’s fast-changing health care environment.

WSU is uniquely positioned to synergize the expertise of public health with all aspects of healthcare, which include but are not limited to science, business, and government. The department offers certificates, licensing, coursework, undergraduate and graduate programs in order to meet the needs of students at all points in their health care education and careers. Upon graduation, dedicated students are well poised for employment and leadership opportunities in their field.

Mission and Vision

The Department of Public Health Sciences shares the College of Health Professions vision to lead change in healthcare education.

Department of Public Health Sciences Mission:

  • To prepare leaders to impact a complex and changing health system.

Health Sciences Program Mission:

  • To provide pre-clinical students with the foundations of the US public health and health care systems, health-related sciences, and health management.

Health Management Program Mission:

  • To prepare leaders to transform the management of aging, health care, and public health services.

Learning Outcomes

Health Management & Health Science:

  1. Exhibit understanding of the evolution of public health and its roles and issues across local, national, and global health systems.
  2. Demonstrate ability to use data to promote, protect, and assure improved population health outcomes and knowledge.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of health leadership, management, and policy using systems thinking.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of social, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors that impact community health.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and understanding of public health ethics, stewardship, social justice, and life-long learning.
  6. Exhibit oral and written communication skills for diverse populations and environments.
  7. Demonstrate foundational understanding of clinical sciences in human nutrition.
    NOTE: This learning outcome pertains to HS program only.

National Affiliations

  1. The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management and Community Development (HSMCD) program is member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network.
  2. The Master of Arts in Aging Studies is a charter member and meets the standards for gerontology programs of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the professional organization of post-secondary gerontology programs in the United States.
  3. All of our programs are affiliated with the Alpha Eta Honor Society. Graduates and faculty of all PHS degree programs who meet the requirements for membership can be nominated to be inducted as a chapter member.