Public Health

About the Public Health Program

The mission of the undergraduate Public Health program is to provide theoretical and applied knowledge that prepares students to promote and protect the health of the public.  The primary goal of the program is to train students to understand human health from a socioecological framework, to identify health-related needs of communities, and to implement interventions to improve the health and well-being of populations. In accordance with our University’s mission, our students are encouraged to be critical thinkers in addressing complex health problems and to be advocates for healthy and just communities.  The vision of the Public Health program is to be the leader in Western North Carolina for providing high-quality public health education and training with an emphasis on rural community health and reducing health disparities.  

CEPH LogoAppalachian State University Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as a standalone baccalaureate program.

 AppState CEPH Self Study and Accreditation Report

Core Curriculum

  • Behavioral Science/Health Education
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Services, Policy and Administration
  • Rural Health

Undergraduate Program Director


Adam Hege, Ph.D., MPA
Phone: 828-262-7102

Student News

Maintaining wellness in uncertain times - tips from a public health major and peer educator

Senior public health major Caroline Pruitt works to spread the good news about wellness and how fellow students can take better care of themselves.  Read more

Honors senior Olivia Gentry calls on fellow graduates to "create the change the world needs"

Olivia Gentry Commencement Speaker 2020Olivia Gentry was selected as the undergraduate speaker for the Virtual 2020 Commencement ceremony held on May 16, 2020. Olivia, an Honors student who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, also defended her Honors Thesis, "The Impact of Peer Sexual Health Education on the Sexual Health of Appalachian State University Students” on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. For that research project, she worked under the direction of Dr. Erin Bouldin, assistant professor in the Public Health program, and with Dr. Alex Howard, director of Wellness and Prevention Services in the Office of Student Success as her second reader. We are so proud of Olivia and all of our 2020 graduating seniors! Read more