Public Health, Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health will prepare students for graduate programs in public health as well as careers that require strong Bachelor’s level preparation in the health sciences. This program will enable both traditional and non-traditional students to pursue relevant coursework by offering on ground, hybrid courses, and online courses.

Program Outcomes

Students will study biostatistics, epidemiology, public health policy and administration, global health, environmental health, and will understand local, state, federal and global public health systems.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts and functions in society.
  2. Identify socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that affect human health and contribute to health inequity.
  3. Contrast the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the US health system to systems in other countries.
  4. Evaluate the efficacy of evidence-based, practice-based and culturally-responsive interventions used in public health.
  5. Evaluate public health project planning and assessment.
  6. Apply basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of public health policy.
  7. Analyze the impact of local, state and federal legislation, regulations and standards on public health practice.
  8. Identify and appraise sources of data used in public health.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Bachelor graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete all Public Health major core requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A) of 2.0.

Curriculum

Bachelor in Public Health

General Education Core: 40 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXEnglish Elective

3

ENG 2XXEnglish Elective

3

CAP 110*Computer Applications

3

MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)

3

STAT 167Principles of Statistics

3

BIO 1XX Science Elective

4

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3

PSY 300Health Psychology

3

Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)

3

General Education Electives**

9

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

**Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Public Health Major Core Requirements - 51 Credits

Freshman Year

PBH 110Introduction to Public Health

3

PBH 199Mathematics for the Health Professions

3

PBH 210Health Behavior and Chronic Disease

3

Sophomore Year

PBH 252Human Health in the Environment

3

PBH 300Introduction to Public Health Policy

3

PBH 301Leadership in Health

3

HSC 410Epidemiology

3

Junior Year

PBH 305Ethics in Public Health

3

PBH 302Public Health Personnel and Administration

3

PBH 310Occupational Health in the United States

3

PBH 315Injury Prevention and Public Safety

3

Senior Year

PBH 280Introduction to Global Health

3

PBH 320Health and Social Issues in Aging

3

PBH 400Community Health

3

PSY 420/PSS 390Research Methods

3

 

HSC 450Senior Capstone

3

OR

HSC 460Senior Internship

3

 

HSC XXXElectives

3

OR

PBH XXXElectives

3

Open Electives - 30 Credits

OPEN Electives

30

Total Credit Hours: 121