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.  

Appalachian 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 Public Health Curriculum:

Behavioral Science/Health Education


Environmental Health


Health Disparities

Health Services, Policy and Administration

Rural Health


Undergraduate Program Director:

Adam Hege

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

Student News


Morgan Ledford ('17) accepted the position of Positive Parenting Implementation Coordinator at AppHealthCare, the local county health department. In her new role, Morgan will manage the implementation of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) across Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties with input from an interdisciplinary steering committee and in collaboration with multiple community agencies. Triple P works to reduce child maltreatment, out-of-home placements, and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. She will implement systems of public health programming to improve these outcomes related to child health. "There are so many great things that I can say about the Public Health program at App State. The most valuable experience was completing an internship at the end of the coursework. This gave me real world experience and a place to apply what I learned in the classroom. I am excited about this position and what Triple P is aiming to do. Positive Parenting wants to break the cycle of unhealthy parent-child relationships so that children become healthy, capable adults. That kind of impact is the very reason that I went into this field and I can't wait to dig deeper." Congratulations, Morgan!