New Academic Offerings at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina

Winston-Salem State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, has announced that it is offering a minor degree program in public health within the School of Health Sciences. The 18-credit-hour program will include courses from nine different departments.

Hayley Jackson-Figueroa, assistant professor in exercise physiology and coordinator of the new program, said that “Winston-Salem State University is renowned for its strong tradition of community-based care and dedication to addressing equity and healthcare disparities. The new public health minor will support those community initiatives and provide students with the socio-behavioral and analytical frameworks to tackle challenging issues impacting public health.”

The University is also offering a new minor degree program in urban studies and sustainability. The 18-hour multidisciplinary minor includes courses in geography, biology, justice studies, economics and government.

“The new minor will strengthen many of the existing programs in history, political science, economics and sociology by exposing students to a wide variety of courses,” said Dr. Russell Smith, professor of geography and program coordinator. The program will prepare students for a professional career in urban studies and sustainability or for graduate studies, Smith said.

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