Public Health

About the Public Health Program

The mission of the undergraduate Public Health program is to provide theoretical and applied knowledge informed by current research, practices, and community engagement that prepares students to promote and protect the health of all  The primary goal of the program is to train students to understand human health from a socioecological framework, to identify health-related needs of communities, and to implement interventions to improve the health and well-being of populations. In accordance with our University’s mission, our students are educated and trained to address complex health problems and to advocate for healthy and just communities.  The vision of the Public Health program is to be the leader in Western North Carolina for providing high-quality public health education, research, and community engagement that will reduce health inequities.  

CEPH LogoAppalachian State University Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as a standalone baccalaureate program.

 AppState CEPH Self Study and Accreditation Report

Core Curriculum

  • Behavioral Science/Health Education
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Services, Policy and Administration
  • Rural Health

Undergraduate Program Director


Adam Hege, Ph.D., MPA
Phone: 828-262-7102

Student News

Appalachian Public Health Club - World Food Programme Campaign


The Appalachian Public Health Club is working to raise money for the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. For its efforts to combat hunger, its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas, and acting as a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid, and special operations. In 2020, WFP assisted 115.5 million people in 84 countries.

Thank you for supporting Appalachian Public Health Club and our fellow global companions in Ukraine!

Check out WFP's website!

*The Ukrainian national flower is the sunflower. The sun on the back of the shirt is an ode to their national flower.

Mountaineer Health Digest - February 2022

The latest news and updates from the Appalachian State Public Health Club