NEW ORLEANS (AP) – At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has sparked interest in public health education programs nationwide, Loyola University says it is launching a new college degree in public health.
In a press release, the school said students will be able to earn a degree in arts or science in public health and become minors in public health this fall.
“The public health majors in Loyola will prepare students for highly in demand roles in health care, communications and community advocacy; some will continue their studies at the master’s or doctoral level to acquire specialized skills, ”Dr Maria Calzada, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said in the press release.
The new degree program comes at a time when public health experts often work across the board to understand and combat the coronavirus pandemic, and public health programs have seen increased student interest and enrollment.
According to the Association of Public Health Schools and Programs, there has been a 20% increase in applications for masters in public health programs for the current academic year. It is among more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application – a single admission application form that students can submit to multiple schools.
Students in the Loyola program could research issues such as disease patterns, how to prevent or control infectious disease outbreaks, or how to design fitness and nutrition programs for vulnerable populations.