Program: PUBH.AS - Associate in Science Degree
The primary area of student need for this program is among students with interest in occupations in the growing Public Health field. Its purpose is to allow students to develop background knowledge through introductory coursework in Public Health, and to give them additional training in laboratory science and general education coursework. This degree is designed allow students to successfully transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in Public Health.
Contact Name: Jeffrey Herron, Assistant Dean, Division of Professional Studies
Contact Phone: 732.906.3502
Contact Email: JHerron@middlesexcc.edu
Upon completion of developmental coursework (if needed), the degree is designed to be completed in two academic years (fall and spring semesters) of full-time study. Students may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.
The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees in Public Health to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.
The degree program will focus heavily on giving students background in laboratory science and general education coursework, providing background necessary for students to pursue advanced coursework in Public Health at baccalaureate degree granting institutions. An introductory course in Public Health is also offered to allow students exposure to material that will be covered more expansively in advanced study.
Public Health, as an Associate in Science degree program, is designed for transfer and not to lead directly to employment. The majority of the graduates of these programs will be pursuing positions in the Public Health field following their graduation from baccalaureate institutions. The students may also pursue graduate studies to open additional opportunities in the Public Health field. It is projected that opportunities for new positions in the Public Health field that can be filled by Associate degree recipients may come from further implementation of the Affordable Care Act.