Announcing New Public Health Major

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University has officially announced its new public health major in the School of Nursing and Kinesiology. The major is being offered at a crucial time in the dramatic evolution of healthcare. 

Students in the public health major prepare for careers evaluating and managing widespread health threats. The need for this major stemmed from the public health infrastructure experiencing a “silver tsunami.” As baby boomers age out of the workforce, there is an expected shortfall of epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, informaticists, data analysts, nurses, and environmental health personnel. This shortfall of public health workers is already underway in the U.S. and around the globe. 

“The current Coronavirus pandemic is illustrating the need for a strong public health system,” said Dr. Sarah Neal, professor of nursing. “Public health practitioners use their expertise to target populations at risk so that there are fewer deaths and a reduced burden upon hospitals. I can think of no better way for the university to live out its mission to serve right now.”

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Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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