Pathways to Public Health is an innovative, integrated approach to the recruitment and retention of students historically underrepresented in the food and agricultural sciences workforce. This program helps students become aware of career opportunities in public health-related professions while they attend classes at community college, helps students obtain early field experience in four public health emphasis areas relevant to food and agricultural sciences, and helps students with the transition from community college to Kansas State University where they may complete Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Public Health degrees. This program is partially funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Higher Education Challenge Grant.
Public health professionals may specialize in everything from food safety or biosecurity, to health administration or public health education.
Programs include an Introduction to Public Health course, a Summer Undergraduate Residency in Public Health, a Summer Experience in Public Health, a Concurrent BS/MPH program, and a Master of Public Health.