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BA in Public Health

Bachelor of
Arts in
Public Health

BA in Public Health

The public health bachelor of arts degree is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of health. The 47 credit hour BA is the degree of choice for someone who is interested in pursuing a career in the social and community health aspects of public health, program planning, and the development and assessment of public health projects. Graduates will also be well positioned to continue their education in a number of different health areas, such as allied health, public health, or medicine.

At 47 credit hours, the public health BA degree can be a first or second major. In addition, the BA pairs well with numerous minors offered at the university, including economics and psychology.

 

Admission to the Program

Admission is through formal declaration of major. 


University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of
    the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and
    Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science
    component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same
    discipline

Major Requirements

  • Completion of all required core classes with a grade of C or better (26 credit hours)
  • Completion of a total of seven elective courses with a grade of C or better and with a minimum of one course from each of the three clusters (21 credit hours)

Course Requirements

Core Courses (26 credit hours)

  • BIO-110 General Biology I (4)
  • PHIL–241 Bioethics (3)
  • PUBH–110 Introduction to Public Health (3)
  • PUBH–340 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3)
  • PUBH–391 Internship in Public Health (3)
  • PUBH–480 Public Health Capstone (3)
  • SISU–358 Global Health (3)
  • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4)


Elective Course Requirements (21 credit hours)

  • 21 credit hours from at least three of the four clusters below. Note that some of the elective courses may have additional prerequisites.

 

Global Health

  • ECON-362 Microeconomics of Economic Development (3)
  • HFIT-585 Global Health Policy (3)
  • MGMT-201 Global Corporate Citizenship: Legal, Ethical and Social Issues (3)


Health Science

  • ENVS-324 Environmental Health (4)
  • PSYC-320 Women and Mental Health (3)
  • PSYC-425 Psychology of Eating Disorders and Obesity (3)
  • PSYC-430 Human Sexual Behavior (3)
  • PUBH-320 Introduction to Infectious Disease (3)
  • STAT-320 Biostatistics (3)
  • STAT-510 Introduction to Survey Sampling (3)


Social and Community Health

  • HFIT-245 Multicultural Health (3)
  • HFIT-540 Health Communication (3)
  • HFIT-580 Health Policy and Behavior Change (3)
  • HIST-469 History of Medicine in the United States: from Smallpox to AIDS (3)
  • PSYC-333 Health Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-340 Community Psychology (3)
  • SOCY-335 Sociology of Birth and Death (3)
  • JLS-303 Drugs, Alcohol, and Society (3) or JLS-526 Domestic Violence (3) or PSYC-497 Topics in Psychology: Stress and Coping (3)

 

Policy, Program Planning and Evaluation

  • COMM-540 Social Marketing (3) or MKTG-250 Fundamentals of Marketing and Business for Communication (3)
  • ECON-373 Labor Economics (3)
  • ENVS-575 Environmental Risk Assessment (3) or JLS-550 Drugs, Crime and Public Policy (3) or JLS-352 Psychiatry and the Law (3)
  • HFIT-335 Heath Promotion Program Planning (3)
  • HFIT-410 Health Promotion Evaluation (3)
  • PSYC-497 Topics in Psychology: Community Interventions (3)
  • PSYC-555 Improving Human Services (3)

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.

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