Assessing Awareness of and Interests in Public Health Among Undergraduate Students Without Declared Majors

Derek G. Shendell, Amber Gourdine, Melody Yuan

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There are underrepresented fields in both undergraduate-level (UG) and graduate-level public health (PH) professional preparation in the United States. Demand for employment and a diversified work force in PH is growing. To understand how well UG students are aware of and knowledgeable about PH, a survey was conducted at a large urban statewide public university in the Northeastern United States. Students solicited to participate in the anonymous online survey conducted in PsychData were first- and second-year undeclared major UG students during March to April 2015 (spring semester). Of 138 consenting respondents, there were 101 validated, complete sets of responses. Variables included student course enrollment, whether parental occupation influences student choice of majors, and perceived quality of available curricula. More UG students were enrolled in introductory statistics among the PH-related courses asked about; those courses fulfilled multiple UG major requirements and could play greater roles in student awareness of PH, that is, opportunities via PH faculty/staff/guest lectures. Implications of findings include providing students hands-on experiences late in high school and early UG years, and advisors mentioning PH to students interested in basic sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalPedagogy in Health Promotion
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


  • public health
  • undergraduate students


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