Kenneth Boutte, Sr., Ph.D.
Interim Head, Public Health Sciences
Professor of Biology

Dear Students:

 In the Fall 2012, the University began a new degree program in Public Health Sciences.  The Department of Public Health Sciences is located in the Division of Biological and Public Health Sciences. Xavier students now have the opportunity to major or minor in Public Health and, as such:

  • Will be exposed to courses and field experiences designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to help improve the health of communities and people around the globe;
  • Can anticipate learning how public health concerns such as diabetes, obesity, asthma, cancer, HIV and cardiovascular disease impact quality-of-life across the stages of life; 
  • Will learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate tailored health promotion and disease prevention programs designed to address major health concerns in Louisiana and beyond;
  • With their degrees will be able to enjoy entry-level careers (e.g., program directors, health education specialists, public health advisors, community health organizers, data managers) in public health and pursue graduate studies in a variety of areas in public health.

This country is in demand of persons trained in health fields and this discipline helps to provide that training and meet that demand.  Faculty members in the Department of Public Health Sciences are committed to helping students become skillfully trained and prepared for the future ahead of them.  In addition, Xavier’s Public Health Sciences’ strong curriculum combines our liberal arts program with public health courses that are designed to require students to think critically and implement multidisciplinary public health strategies that promote health and well-being across a population.

If you are interested in science and want to make a significant difference in the health and well-being of our community, both locally and globally, please explore the department’s website at
to learn more about our faculty, course offerings and requirements, and careers in public health.  We are available to answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to email or call us. We will be delighted to provide you with additional information about the undergraduate degree program in Public Health Sciences and look forward to having you as a member of this department.

Kenneth G. Boutte, Sr., Ph.D.
Interim Head
Department of Public Health Sciences

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