Public Health

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

With a bachelor's degree in Public Health from Louisiana State University Shreveport, you'll be prepared to work in health-related settings at public and private agenices or enter the nonprofit sector.

Earn a public health degree from Louisiana State University Shreveport and choose from seven concentrations. Healthcare continues to be a growing industry. A public health degree from LSU Shreveport will introduce you to a wide-range of professions in and related to healthcare. 

Why LSUS’ public health degree program? 

The LSUS public health degree is the only public health program in Louisiana with concentrations as versatile as the industry itself. As a public health major at LSUS, you’ll have the opportunity to use elite equipment such as a full Atmospheric Chamber, BOD POD, and EMG units. The kinesiology and public health department also maintains close connections to businesses and organizations across Louisiana, offering unique opportunities for networking and hands-on learning.  

Experiential learning to prepare for real-world careers 

Public health majors at LSUS are required to complete a practicum through which you’ll gain experience observing industry practices, assisting a supervisor and assessing procedures and clients. This opportunity will provide you with unparalleled experience entering a full-time position or graduate studies. Public health students have held practicing assignments with chiropractic offices, head and spinal injury prevention centers, Division I athletic programs, and many health-related non-profit organizations.  

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Explore the Public Health Bachelor’s Degree at LSUS

The public health program at LSUS will provide you with basic knowledge of health advocacy, program planning, health literacy, epidemiology, exercise science, environmental influences on health, and the aspects of aging. The bachelor’s degree program gives you the opportunity to engage in a physically active lifestyle both inside and outside the classroom.  

Hands-on experience 

As a community health major at LSUS, you’ll graduate with an abundance of connections and experiences. You’ll fulfill a required internship or practicum at a health- or exercise-related center. Community health majors have worked at the Shreveport MLK Health Center, the YMCA, the American Red Cross and more. 

Student life 

The Kinesiology, Health and Sport Science Club and the Public Health Student Association at LSUS are two of the 70+ student-run clubs on campus. From community projects to networking events, involvement in these organizations provide opportunities to strengthen your résumé and make connections. 

Network for success 

The LSUS department of kinesiology and community health has strong connections to the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. From exclusive courses to advanced research, this collaboration helps health science majors transition into a wide-range of graduate programs and careers. 

Financial Aid for Community Health Majors 

More than $12.4 million in scholarship money is given to LSUS students every year. Take some time to explore the types of financial aid you could qualify for. 

Health Behavior

Public Health Concentration

As a public health major with a concentration in health behavior, your experiences and courses will focus on the results of decision making and practices based on natural human behavior. In this community health concentration, you’ll take courses on environmental health problem prevention, epidemic diseases, media literacy and consumer protection.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Public Health Concentration

The Pre-OT concentration of the public health major fulfills the prerequisite for the LSU Health Sciences Center admission to Occupational Therapy program.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Public Health Concentration

A majority of the public health majors at LSUS are pursuing concentrations in Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Occupational Therapy. You’ll have the opportunity to work with professionals from diverse health care facilities in Shreveport on a regular basis. 

“I picked LSUS because the professors are just as invested in my future as I am. [They] go above and beyond to make sure that you have the tools to accomplish your goals and ensure that you are prepared for anything and everything that comes your way.”
Kaleigh Newman
Current LSUS student

Public health professor Kyle Pierce has traveled the world as the Ghana weightlifting team coach and was a recent inductee to the Internatioal Weightlifting Hall of Fame! 

Where Can a Public Health Degree from LSUS Take You?

With a guaranteed internship or practicum experience under your belt, you’ll graduate with a public health degree from LSUS prepared to build your career as an: 

  • Occupational therapist 
  • Nutritionist 
  • Strength coach 
  • Research coach 
  • Equine Therapist 
  • Personal trainer 

Public health majors are built to easily tack on a minor. Take some time to explore your academic opportunities at LSUS. 

Thinking about a public health degree? Here’s another bachelor’s degree program at LSUS you might like to explore.  

LSUS also offers a Master of Public Health and a Master of Health Administration, which are designed to further prepare students for careers in health care and government.  

Public Health Faculty

Jill Rush-Kolodzey, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: BE 388A
Phone: 318-797-5218
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Xi Jin, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: BE 346C
Phone: 318-798-4136
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Jemin Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: HPE 212
Phone: 318-795-4268
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Marshae McNeal, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Education, 119F
Phone: 318-798-4170
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Kyle Pierce, PhD

Director of USA Weightlifting and High Performance Center
Office: Health and Physical Education Building, Room 215
Phone: 318-795-4241
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