LSU CC&E's Fast Track Program is Transforming Public Health Education
LSU is positively impacting the health and well-being of citizens in our state and around the globe. LSU’s College of Coast & Environment, or CC&E, and the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ School of Public Health launched a 3+2 Environmental Public Health Program in response to a critical need for master’s level employees in public health fields. This fast track program allows students to complete the first three years of their education at LSU CC&E and their last two years at the LSU School of Public Health in New Orleans. Students save both time and money by earning both a bachelor’s degree in Coastal Environmental Science, or CES, and master’s degree in Public Health in as few as five years, as opposed to the traditional six years.
Public health is dependent on environmental health, whether the problem is spreading diseases via population density issues, pollution, animal husbandry, or other factors. This fast-track degree is critical to human health and well-being as well as the environment.
“And, no matter how you do environmental science, the human is always the endpoint. If you don't understand the overall impact on humans, it won't pass muster,” Wilson said.
Wilson earned a bachelor’s in chemistry, a master’s in physical chemistry, and a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology and worked on top medical and research cancer facilities and children’s hospitals, so he understands the benefit of multi-disciplinary scientific knowledge. He set out to develop a streamlined program that would broaden students’ knowledge base and apply to a number of public health and medical fields.
“You don't want somebody who knows a lot of one field, such as, chemistry, physics, biology, or calculus, but can’t integrate outside of their focused field of study. We designed our public health program so that the students have a solid foundation in all these areas.” Wilson said.
According to Wilson, the 3+2 Environmental Public Health Program is equipping students with scientifically-based knowledge that will help create, promote, and maintain a healthier society. Graduates could choose to continue their education by attending medical, veterinary, or dental school. Or, they can pursue a wide variety of career options, including health and safety engineering, environmental science, health care administration, and policymaking.
More about the 3+2 Environmental Public Health Program: https://lsu.edu/majors/fast-tracks/env-pub-health.php
More about the Coastal Environmental Science program: https://www.lsu.edu/cce/undergraduate/bachelors.php