Program director Marshan Marick said it is designed to expose students to all the core areas of public health and also allow them to specialize in a specific area.
Marick said she expects to see the program grow in years to come. Ideally, she said, it would send its graduates into graduate programs, or to work in positions including hospital health educators.
To prepare students to work in the field, Marick said, the nursing program sends students through internships and other learning experiences with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as well as health departments in Logan and Payne counties and nearby hospitals.
Stanley said she hopes to see the program feed students directly into graduate programs in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's College of Public Health.