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Department of Public Health 

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Public Health offers undergraduate programs culminating in a Bachelor of Health Administration (B.H.A.) degree and a Bachelor of Science in Health (B.S.H.) degree. The Department also offers a minor in public health for students outside of the College.

The B.H.A. degree is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level administrative positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health organizations, insurance companies, medical group practices public agencies, and many other types of health care organizations. It also serves to help enhance careers of students already working in the health services industry. Students can pursue the traditional Health Administration track or the Aging Services Concentration. Students interested in aging services or long term care management may select course work and an internship that will allow them to qualify to take the Florida Nursing Home Administrator’s licensing examination. An opportunity to pursue other special interests is provided with selection of 9-12 hours of elective course work.

The B.S.H. degree, Public Health Track, prepares graduates to encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness. Professionals inform and educate individuals and communities about behaviors that promote healthy living and prevent disease and illness. Careers may involve planning, implementing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, conducting public health related research, grant writing, or mass media campaigns. Graduates are typically employed in governmental and non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness programs or school settings.    

University Minor in Public Health

A University-wide minor in Public Health is available for non-Health Science majors. Students interested in the Public Health minor should contact the Brooks College of Health Advising Office at (904) 620-620-2812. Departments or divisions that wish to offer a  minor in Public Health may do so provided they complete the requirements. 

Graduate Programs

The Department of Public Health offers graduate programs in Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Health (Specialization in Geriatric Management), and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Certificate in Public Health, and Certificate in Aging Services.   Students applying to the master program must have a earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of North Florida.  Click here to see admission and degree requirements.

Department of Public Health Faculty

Jeffrey Harrison, Ph.D., Professor & Chair

Undergraduate Program Directors

Elissa Barr, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Community Health Program
Aaron Spaulding, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Director, Health Administration Undergraduate Program 

Undergraduate Faculty

Elissa Barr, Ph.D., Professor 
Cynthia Battie, Ph.D., Professor
Kerry L. Clark, Ph.D., Professor
Jeffrey Harrison, Ph.D., Professor
Michele Moore, Ph.D., Professor
Mei Zhao, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director, Health Administration Program
JoAnn Nolin, J.D., R.N., Associate Professor 
D. Robert Haley, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Gerald Colvin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Tammie Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 
Aaron Spaulding, Ph.D, Assistant Professor 
Richmond Wynn, Ph.D, Assistant Professor
Emma Apatu, Ph.D, Assistant Professor
Julie Merten, MSH, Assistant Professor
Cynthia Williams, Ph.D, Assistant Professor
Hana Hamadi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jing Xu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
LaRee Moody, M.S., BSN, RN, Instructor
Deborah M. Owen, MSH, Instructor
Natalie Indelicator, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 
Donald Hutton, M.B.A., FACHE, Executive-in-Residence Graduate Program Directors

Graduate Program Directors

Michele Moore, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Public Health Program
Richmond Wynn, Ph.D, Assistant Professor & Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program 
Mei Zhao, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Health Administration Program

Graduate Faculty

Cynthia Battie, Ph.D., Professor
Tes Tuason, Ph.D., Professor
Elissa Barr, Ph.D., Professor
Jeffrey Harrison, Ph.D., Professor 
Kerry L. Clark
, Ph.D., Professor
Mei Zhao, Ph.D., Professor
Cynthia Scott, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D., Associate Professor
JoAnn Nolin,
 J.D., R.N., Associate Professor  
D. Robert Haley, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Tammie Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Richmond Wynn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Aaron Spaudling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Emma Apatu, Ph.D, Assistant Professor 
Julie Merten, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Natalie Indelicator, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 
Hana Hamadi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jing Xu, Ph.D., Assistant Professo
Donald Hutton
, M.B.A., Executive-in-Residence and Instructor