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BS in Public Health

Bachelor of
Science in
Public Health

BS in Public Health

The public health bachelor of science degree is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the scientific dimensions of health. The 58 credit hour BS is the degree of choice for someone who is interested in studying infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, and epidemiology. 

Graduates will be trained to work in public health research, at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developing vaccination protocols, or in a similar environment. 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.

 

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 (34 credit hours)
  • Completion of a total of eight elective courses with a grade of C or better and with a minimum of one course from each of the three clusters (24 credit hours)

Course Requirements

Core Courses (34 credit hours)

  • BIO-110 General Biology I (4)
  • BIO-210 General Biology II (4)
  • PHIL–241 Bioethics (3)
  • PUBH–110 Intro. to Public Health (3)
  • PUBH-320 Intro. to Infectious Disease (4)
  • PUBH-340 Fund. of Epidemiology (3)
  • PUBH-391 Internship in Public Health (3)
  • PUBH-480 Public Health Senior Capstone (3)
  • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4)
  • STAT-320 Biostatistics (3) 


Elective Course Requirements (24 credit hours)

Students must take at least 8 additional courses (minimum of 24 credit hours) chosen from among those listed below. At least one course must be taken from each of the four clusters. 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 (3)
  • SISU-358 Global Health (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-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 Management (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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