Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Approved

February  25, 2014

Contact: Grace Lasker, PhD, CN, Faculty, Public Health, 425-739-8163

Current and future health care workers preparing for new jobs or promotions will be able to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) beginning in September, 2014.  The new degree program will be one of 45 career areas highlighted at the college Open House, March 6, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Kirkland campus, 11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland.

The new Bachelor's Degree program provides a pathway for current workers to upgrade their skills and earn new credentials.  It allows current students in health and social service programs to use their two-year associate's degree as the first two years of the bachelor-level program.  It also provides a pathway for high school students enrolled at the Lake Washington Technical Academy to earn their high school diploma and move directly toward completing their Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees.

"Like our Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design, this Public Health degree combines rigorous academics and well-rounded professional training to give students the skills and credentials needed for success in the public health sector," said President Amy Morrison Goings.  "This new bachelor's degree will help people move into or further into those careers."

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health estimates 250,000 new public health workers will be needed in the U.S. by 2020.  Shortages are expected both from existing employee retirements and the need for newly trained workers.

Job creation and hiring trends support the need for this new Bachelor's Degree at LWTech. The Washington State Employment Security Department estimates a 2.05 percent growth in 2010-2020 for health and social services jobs - more than 300,000 jobs in a variety of healthcare support professions.  Additionally, people who hire for local, private businesses and public health agencies indicate they are having difficulty finding four-year graduates.

The Bachelor's Degree program will be housed in the new 83,000 square-foot Allied Health building on the LWTech Kirkland campus.  The building features classrooms, offices, clinical facilities, and lecture halls dedicated to allied health education.  The College currently offers twelve health and social services degrees, including RN-Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapist Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Funeral Service Education, and Medical Assisting.

About LWTech

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is a broad-based technical institute providing education in more than 40 areas of study and offering pathways to certificates, associate degrees and a baccalaureate degree designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today's workplace. Founded in 1949, LWTech offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, engineering, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about LWTech programs, please visit our Pressroom.