The public health program is designed to prepare candidates for careers that promote the health of the general public by educating people and communities about health maintenance and healthy lifestyles. In addition to preparing students for the work force, the public health program prepares students to seek graduate degrees in public health.
Students must meet the general education requirements. Additionally students must complete the public health program requirements: SPCH 2410, PE 2400, BIOL 1330, HED 4700, JOUR 1500, PSYC 1010. Students must be an overall GPA of 2.5, no grade lower than “C-“ in required classes and no incompletes in public health education courses to be assigned a practicum and be recommended for graduation.
Students must complete the following 60 hours of public health courses: HED 1500; 4130, 4000, 4040, 4050, 4060, 4280, 4400, 4420, 4550, 4650, 4880, 4950; 4960; 4990, PA 2170, PE 3900, and any two of HED 2070, 2850, 3080, 3310, HPER 3090 and electives as needed to meet 120 hours minimum for the degree .
The health education program is designed to prepare candidates for health education positions in secondary schools. The health education program is done in partnership with physical education 7-12. Candidates must have a GPA of 2.75, no grade lower than “C-“ in required classes and no incompletes in health education courses to student teach and be recommended for graduation.
Candidates must meet the general education requirements. Candidates receiving school health education certification must complete the professional education sequence. Students choose this endorsement with the physical education 7-12 endorsement.
The following hours are also required of those seeking certification: HED 1500, 2070, 2310, 2850, 3030, 3080, 3310, 4000, 4040, 4060, 4960, HPER 3090, PE 2400, TED 3550, 3690; plus 12 credit hours of student teaching.