Public Health Student Resources

Advising

Public Health students are assigned an academic advisor and a separate faculty mentor.  The role of the academic advisor is to assist the student in development of an academic plan and to monitor coursework to ensure student success.  The role of the faculty mentor is to assist with selection of elective courses and a minor program of study, convey important information about the program, undergraduate research opportunities, and extracurricular activities relevant to the program, and to discuss career and graduate education opportunities. In addition, all students are required to attend an internship information meeting in the fall of the year prior to when they will begin their internship and work with an internship advisor throughout the internship process. Learn more.

Career Development

Public Health professionals promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play (American Public Health Association).  This includes professionals who conduct scientific research, provide health and prevention education, deliver health interventions to communities, set and monitor occupational health standards, develop and evaluate health programs, track disease, study and address health disparities, and serve as health policy advocates.  Therefore, our students are trained to help individuals improve their health through lifestyle behavior change, but also to understand how to intervene at a population level through community and coalition building, environmental and systems change, and public policy development in order to improve public health. Learn more.

Public Health Club

The Public Health Club is designed for students interested in all aspects of the public health field. The club exists to help students prepare and network for careers in public health, while also allowing them to participate in community activities dedicated to improving the well-being and quality of life of local citizens. The club is committed to providing a peer network system of students striving for a healthier and more just world and to engage in public health activities locally, at the state level and nationally.  Many members of the club are Public Health majors, while others are minoring in Public Health or interested in pursuing graduate level studies in Public Health. All students, regardless of major, are invited and welcome to join the club. Throughout the year, the club provides members with information on professional development opportunities, useful presentations and guest speakers to help students prepare for their future careers in public health, a variety of service and volunteer/civic engagement opportunities, as well as interaction with students and educators from around the campus.  Learn more.

AMWHO Club

The AMWHO Club is Appalachian State University’s Chapter of the American Mock World Health Organization, which was created in 2014 by Neha Acharya, an undergraduate student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. AMWHO (https://www.amwho.org/about.php) stands as the national model-WHO organization for leading annual simulations in different universities around the country. The organization’s purpose, as well ASU’S chapter, is centered around interactive student learning on pertinent global health events like the World Health Assembly. The ASU chapter and club exists to help students prepare and network for careers in global health, health policy, and other public health disciplines. The club is committed to providing a peer network system of students striving for a healthier and more just world and to engage in public health policy and global health issues.  Many members of the club are Public Health majors, while others are minoring in Public Health or interested in pursuing graduate level studies in Public Health. All students, regardless of major, are invited and welcome to join the club. Throughout the year, the club provides members with information on professional development opportunities, useful presentations and guest speakers to help students prepare for their future careers in global health, a variety of service and volunteer/civic engagement opportunities, as well as interaction with students and educators from around the campus.  Please complete Interest Form and you will be contacted regarding membership.

Interprofessional Opportunities

BCHS also provides numerous opportunities for interprofessional education offered by the BCBSNC Institute of Health and Human Services. For instance, each fall, upper-level students participate in a case study event where they begin by talking about a common, faculty-developed, interprofessional case study in their PH courses. Then, students come together in round tables with students from other BCHS programs and partnering Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program to discuss the case in an interprofessional environment. PH students also have the opportunity to attend a dozen or more interprofessional lectures and course meetings each year, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield Transforming Health Series.

Scholarships

Through the establishment of scholarships and endowments, generous donors support the efforts of students in the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Learn more.