Public Health, Bachelor of Science

Degree Description

The public health program prepares students to become professionals who promote the health of local, national, and global populations through education and skills for individuals and communities. A degree in public health prepares students to think critically about societal issues through a justice-based framework, and public health professionals engage in advocacy for policies that ensure and support healthy populations. Students who graduate with a degree in public health pursue careers in a variety of fields, including health administration; health promotion, education, and behavior; epidemiology; and environmental health. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate degrees in public health or related fields.

Admissions

Students must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.5.

Requirements

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 LEADERSHIP3
PSYC 3130/SOC 2130STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES3
BIOL 1330ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY3
HED/SOC 4700WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY3
JMC 1500INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM AND MEDIA COMMUNICATION3
PSYC 1010INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I3
Students must complete the following 60 hours of public health courses:
HED 1500FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
HED 4000METHODS & MATERIALS IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
HED 4040EPIDEMIOLOGY & PREVENTION OF DISEASE3
HED 4050INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
HED 4060SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMS3
HED 4130COMMUNITY HEALTH3
HED 4280SOCIAL MARKETING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH3
HED 4400HEALTH LITERACY3
HED 4420PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS3
HED/GERO/WGST 4550HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING3
HED 4650GLOBAL HEALTH3
HED 4880PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY3
HED 4950PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY3
HED 4960HEALTH EDUCATION - PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION3
HED 4990INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC HEALTH6
PA 2170INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION3
PE 3900MOTIVATION FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY3
Select two of the following:6
DRUG AWARENESS
STRESS MANAGEMENT
HEALTH CONCEPTS OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
GENERAL SAFETY EDUCATION
APPLIED NUTRITION
Select electives as needed to meet 120 hours minimum for the degree.
Total Credits78

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-“.