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Public Health (B.S.)

The BS in Public Health program generally prepares individuals to plan, manage, and evaluate public health care services; to function as public health professionals in public agencies, the private sector, and other settings; and to provide leadership in the field of public health. The Public Health program includes instruction in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health principles, preventive medicine, health policy and regulations, health care services and related administrative functions, public health law enforcement, health economics and budgeting, public communications, and professional standards and ethics.

The Proposed public health major consists of 19 core major courses for a total of 60 credit hours. Major courses are designed to prepare students for the most prevalent career options in public health as well as transfer to graduate programs leading to a Masters in Public health (MPH). Upon graduation, students will be able to pursue careers as a health educator, health program manager, health safety officer, and/or environmental specialists. Those students who transfer to a MHP program can continue their education leading to careers as an Industrial Hygienist, Health Practitioner, Epidemiologist, or Professor.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 

  1. Students will compare and contrast human cultures and the physical and natural world as it relates to individual and population health.
  2. Students will demonstrate intellectual and practical public health skills that lead to educated members of society. 
  3. Students will demonstrate personal and social responsibility, anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real world challenges.
  4. Students will integrate and apply knowledge, skills, and roles of public health in new settings and within complex problems.

Courses

Public Health General Education Requirements

English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, or art) - 3 hours
Christian Ministry 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science – PSYC 2301 - 3 hours
Physical Activity – KINE 1238 - 2 hours 
Lab science - BIOL 1421 and 1422 - 8 hours
Mathematics 1314 and 1342 - 6 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

Public Health Major Requirements

Completion of sixty (60) semester hours:
BIOL 1322 Nutrition
BIOL 2302 Medical Terminology
BIOL 2406 Environmental Issues
BIOL 2421 Fundamentals of Microbiology
BIOL 3200 Field Course (in Public Health)
BIOL 4406 Biostatistics
BIOL 4407 Epidemiology
BIOL 4251 Internship (in Public Health)
CHEM 1305 Chemical Concepts
CHEM 1105 Chemical Concepts Laboratory
HADM 3302 Healthcare Law and Ethics
HADM 4301 Healthcare Policy
HADM 4302 Healthcare Finance
HADM 4320 Healthcare Administration and Management
KINE 3320 Community Health and Wellness
PUBH 1301 Introduction to Public Health
PUBH 2301 Population and Global Health
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI/PSYC 2332 Introduction to Research Methods
PSYC 3311 Health Psychology

Semester by Semester Plans

Catalog Year 2020-2021
Catalog Year 2021-2022