Concentration: Community Health

With the health field being the second largest employer in the United States, the Department of Health Studies degree programs provide students with an innovative curriculum to pursue a variety of career paths in the health field, as well as providing the foundation needed for future graduate studies.

Community Health Educators are professionals who design, carry out and evaluate programs that help improve the quality of health within communities. The quality of health attained by communities is what in turn determines the society's overall quality of life.

The Community Health program prepares students for a rewarding service career that improves the health behavior and health outcomes of residents living in local communities, counties, as well as statewide.

The Community Health program also provides a solid foundation for those wishing to pursue graduate training in the public health sciences. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in assessing community needs, planning and implementing community-based health education and health promotion programs; program evaluation; and resource acquisition and development.

Concentration: Health Services Administration

If you are interested in a rewarding career that allows you to improve the lives of others while working in a rapidly changing field, you should consider a career in health administration.

The Health Department at East Stroudsburg University provides diverse opportunities for students interested in health administration. The curriculum and experiences also provide a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate school training.

At ESU, students receive innovative academic preparation, with an emphasis on public health practice, public administration and management theory and extensive applied experiences within professional settings. The Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Services Administration provides broad exposure to the health sciences, as well as the natural and social sciences.

Upon completion of the degree programs, students are prepared to assess community needs, and design, implement and manage health and medical programs that promote health and prevent disease. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to network with practicing professionals.

Program Offerings and Locations in Public Health

Locations: Main Campus and Lehigh Valley Center (60 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA)

Accelerated Program

*B.S./MPH Program – In this program a student can earn the B.S. in Public Health and Masters in Public Health by taking 4 graduate courses which will substitute for the undergraduate courses. After completing the bachelors, the student will then enter the MPH program and not have to take those four courses (Epidemiology, Modifying Health Behaviors, Planning and Evaluation, Environmental, and Policy and Administration). See the course equivalents below.

BSPH Course MPH Course Alternative Content Area
HLTH 261 HLTH 561 Epidemiology
HLTH 271 HLTH 562 Environmental health
***HLTH 370 HLTH 555 Program planning & evaluation
HLTH 440 HLTH 560 Health ed & behavior change theory
HLTH 382 HLTH 538 Policy & admin

*Interested candidates for the Accelerated Pathways Program must have completed a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits and have an overall GPA of 3.2.

Night time Courses and Program: We offer our Health courses at 60 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA in the evening from 6-9 PM. Any student may take them. Two courses are offered each quarter (7.5 weeks). If these fit your schedule or are more convenient, anyone may take these. These courses are offered in conjunction with our Extended Learning Public Health Program for students who have completed most of their GE courses and are now completing the Public Health Degree.

Certificate Programs (15 credit programs to supplement your major):

  1. Drug Abuse Prevention Certificate
  2. Environmental Health Certificate
  3. Global Health Certificate
  4. Health Emergency Preparedness Certificate
  5. Health Project Management Certificate
  6. Nutrition Certificate

These certificate programs can be taken by Public Health students or students in other majors.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Dr. Steven Shive, at, or (484) 347-8252 (cellphone).

Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures, Evaluation of Conduct Record, and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.

Contact Us

For additional information about our programs, please contact the department secretary at (570) 422-3702 or email at

Contact Information

Campus Address
DeNike Center for Human Services
(570) 422-3702
(570) 422-3848 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair Health Studies
Kim Razzano
(570) 422-3693