Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Degree Description

The public health program prepares students to become professionals who promote the health of the general public through education and skills for individuals and communities.  A degree in public health prepares students to work in a variety of fields, including health administration; health promotion, education, and behavior; epidemiology; biostatistics; and environmental health.  Further, public health professionals engage in advocacy for policies that enhance and ensure healthy populations.

Courses required for major (core curriculum)

Students must meet the general education requirements.  Additionally students must complete the public health program requirements:

CMST 2410Small Group Communication and Leadership

3 credits

PE 2400Human Physiology & Anatomy I

4 credits

BIOL 1330Environmental Biology

3 credits

HED 4700/SOC 4700/SOC 8706/HED 8706Women's Health and Issues of Diversity

3 credits

JMC 1500Introduction to Journalism and Media Communication

3 credits

PSYC 1010Introduction to Psychology I

3 credits

 

Students must complete the following 60 hours of public health courses:

HED 1500Foundations in Public Health

3 credits

HED 4000Methods and Materials in Health Education

3 credits

HED 4040Epidemiology & Prevention of Disease

3 credits

HED 4050Introduction to Research in Public Health

3 credits

HED 4060School Health Programs

3 credits

HED 4130Community Health

3 credits

HED 4280Social Marketing for Public Health

3 credits

HED 4400Health Literacy

3 credits

HED 4420Public Health Informatics

3 credits

HED 4550/GERO 4550/GERO 8556/WGST 4550/HED 8556Health Aspects of Aging

3 credits

HED 4650Global Health

3 credits

HED 4880Public Health Policy

3 credits

HED 4950Public Health Leadership and Advocacy

3 credits

HED 4960Health Education - Planning and Organization

3 credits

HED 4990Internship in Public Health

6 credits

PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration

3 credits

PE 3900Motivation for Physical Activity

3 credits

and any two of the following:

HED 2070Drug Awareness

3 credits

HED 2850Stress Management

3 credits

HED 3080/WGST 3080Health Concepts of Sexual Development

3 credits

HED 3310General Safety Education

3 credits

HPER 3090Applied Nutrition

3 credits

and electives as needed to meet 120 hours minimum for the degree.

 

 

Students must complete all required course work, both general and professional, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 before applying for their practicum experiences.  Prior to graduation, all public health course work must be completed with a least a 2.5 overall GPA and no grade below “C-“.