Drs. Rees, Pettit, Cedergren, Pember and Gilmore at the 2022 APHA annual conference in Boston MA
Cora Vogt presentation at Deans Distinguished Fellowship Summer 2022

President Rothman speaks with Edith Ben-Eboh, an international student at UW-La Crosse.

Edith Ben-Eboh video interview with President Rothman

Edith Ben-Eboh, an international student from Nigeria, was recently interviewed by the new UW System President, Jay Rothman.  Edith Ben-Eboh, a senior at UW La Crosse, tells Pres. Rothman she hopes to apply to medical school after graduation. Edith is a public health major (pre-med track) with a minor in Chemistry.  Edith spent the summer in Boston doing an internship with the NYU Langone Health Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine Heath Career Opportunity Program.  She just returned to La Crosse to continue her research with fruit flies.  

Edith Ben-Eboh recognized for academics, community involvement

Edith Ben-Eboh recognized for academics, community involvement

Edith Ben-Eboh, a senior majoring in public health and community health education, recently received the UWL Student Association's Women of Color Scholarship during her junior year. "I am so happy someone saw something in me and felt I deserved this," she says. 

Timmy Kissel Undergraduate Research Grant Poster Presentation Spring 2022
Hannah Soczka Undergraduate Research Grant Poster Presentation Spring 2022
Cora Vogt Undergraduate Research Grant Poster Presentation Spring 2022


August 9, 1984 - October 11, 2022

Alyson Haugen

Alyson was a graduate of the Master of Public Health from UWL in 2011.  Alyson was a beloved faculty member of the Public Health Community Health Education Department for many years, teaching not only undergraduate courses, but courses in the online Health Care Administration graduate program.  https://www.dickinsonfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Alyson-Haugen?obId=26120012.

The Department of Public Health and Community Health Education [formerly known as the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion (HEHP)] offers the the only Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Community Health Education program in the UW System. 

What is Public Health?  

According to The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) public health and health education specialist promote public health education, public health advocacy and public health equity.  The public health education specialist are working every day to to enhance the quality of life for all.  In the video below they show the many ways students graduating with a major in our public health community health education can impact not only individuals but whole communities, and the wide range of job opportunities open to students with a public health education major.

Promoting a healthy world video

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines public health as:

“Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases.”

As the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA) since 2002, Georges C. Benjamin is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders.

In the APHA video below, Dr. Benjamin explains “What is Public Health”.

APHA video What is Public Health

Individuals completing their public health degree from the Department of Public Health and Community Health Education can find employment in a variety of settings to include:

✹ government - local, county, state and federal
✹ not-for profit, for profit, and voluntary organizations
✹ business and industry
✹ healthcare, clinics, hospitals and insurance companies
✹ schools, universities and many other community-based agencies

Students who graduate with our public health degree have a strong foundation in public health and are skilled in the competencies identified by the Council on Education for Public Health at the Bachelor's level.

The most current CEPH self study document  is available for viewing at this link.

CEPH Official Accreditation Report 2022.pdf

For additional information about the department or the programs it offers, please contact the Department Chair.

Keely S. Rees, Ph.D., MCHES
Department Chair
418N Wimberly Hall