Integrated Public Health

Integrated Public Health at PVCC

Integrated Public Health at PVCC

Paradise Valley Community College is pleased to begin offering courses in Integrated Public Health (IPH) starting the Fall semester 2019!

What IS public health? The CDC Foundation defines public health as the “science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases.” (https://www.cdcfoundation.org/what-public-health)

Why should we study public health at PVCC? Over the past 15 years, public health has become a more prominent focus of our nation, as well as in our own state of Arizona. Some of the reasons for this include the rising costs of health care, the need for people to be able to self-manage their chronic diseases, and the increased need for access to social and community-based services.

In 2013, the League for Innovation in the Community College partnered with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health on the “Public Health Project” to develop prototype Associate and Certificate Programs in Public Health. PVCC immediately began writing and developing new courses to respond to community needs and to prepare students to be able to work in the public health field. These courses are now ready and will be offered for the first time during the Fall 2019 semester.

Are there jobs available in the field of public health? The current job outlook forpublic health careersis surprisingly bright. In fact, by the year 2020, the U.S. is expected to have quality job openings for around 250,000 new public health professionals. If you have a commitment to working toward the betterment of the world, the public health industry is an open gateway of immense opportunity for you. (https://www.onlinemastersinpublichealth.com/job-outlook-for-careers-in-public-health/)

What kinds of jobs could I get if I study public health? Since public health is such a broad field, you will be able to find a number of jobs that you will like and that relate to public health, especially if you like to help people, are socially aware, compassionate, a good communicator, and love to help your community become healthier. Below is a very long list of some of the many job titles for people who work in the public health field. Sometimes the same job can have several different titles, depending on where the job is located.

Starting in the Fall 2019 semester, PVCC will be offering college credit courses that will help prepare you for work as a Patient Navigator - CCL or work towards the Integrated Public Health - AAS.

If you are interested in studying Patient Navigation or Integrated Public Health at PVCC, one of the first things you should do is contact one of the Integrated Public Health faculty members here on campus. They would love to answer any questions you have about Public Health in general or about the Certificate in Patient Navigation or the AAS in Integrated Public Health. They will also help you select courses to take and offer advice on jobs and scheduling as well as getting you hooked up with all the resources PVCC has available on campus to make your learning experiences successful.