Public Health Major

Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health

The Public Health B.S. degree is recommended for students planning to pursue a career or continue graduate education in Public Health or related fields. This major is comprised of 28 core course credits, 4 communication course credits, 4 information literacy credits and a 16 credit track in which the student focuses one of the following areas:

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Natural Science, Disease, and the Environment Track
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Social Science, Health, and Behavior Track
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Organizations, Business, and Health Policy Track
Core Courses
PBH 100Introduction to Public Health4
PBH 200Epidemiology4
PBH 300Global Health4
MATH 112Elementary Statistics4
Information Literacy Requirement
Select one of the following: 14
PBH 292Scientific Inquiry: Introduction to Research in Community Health Issues (BIOL 292)4
Research Methods
Research Methods and Analysis
Social Research Methods
Research Methods in Sport Studies
Ethics Requirement
Select one of the following:
Ethics
Bioethics
Comparative Religious Ethics
Biology Requirement
Select one of the following:
Intro Biol: Ecol and Evolution
Intro Biol:Molecules and Cells
BIOL 101Explorations in Biology: Special Topics4
Communication Requirement
Select one of the following:4
Journalism
Technical and Professional Communication
Interpersonal Communications (PSY 270)
Mass Media
SPAN 301Advanced Grammar and Phonetics4
Experiential Requirement
Select one of the following:
PBH 390Internship1-8
PBH 490Internship (Approved Study Abroad)1-8
Specialized Track
Select 16 credits from one of the following tracks:16
Natural Science, Disease, and the Environment
Social Science, Health, and Behavior
Organizations, Business, and Health Policy
Total Credits54-68

Specialized Tracks (each is 15 credits)

In addition to the core curriculum, specific tracks within the public health major provide students with opportunities to specialize in one of three areas of public health. No more than 12 credit hours in any one discipline will count toward the completion of the track. Three courses must be 200-400 level. The courses in these tracks may count toward a minor or a second, disciplinary major: Natural Science, Disease, and the Environment Social Science, Health, and Behavior Organizations, Business, and Health Policy.

  1. Natural Science, Disease, and the Environment Track
  2. Social Science, Health, and Behavior Track
  3. Organizations, Business, and Health Policy Track

Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Natural Science, Disease, and the Environment Track

Covers the underlying science of human health and disease, including opportunities for promoting and protecting health over a lifetime. Students in this track will focus on material relevant to biological and environmental determinants of disease in populations.

Electives (minimum of 15 credits)

BIOL 212Environmental Science4
BIOL 313Molecular Cell Biology4
BIOL 315Microbiology4
BIOL 341Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 342Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL/PSY 340Psychobiology (PSY 340)4
BIOL/CHEM 434Biochemistry (CHEM 434)4
BIOL 438General Ecology4
BIOL 443Genetics4
CHEM 111Chemical Principles I4
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II4
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry II4
GEOL 121Geology and the Environment4
GEOL 223Hydrology4
GEOL 230Environmental Pollution4
PHYS 111Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences I4
PHYS 112Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences II4
PHYS 117Physics I4
PHYS 118Physics II4
PHYS 121Classical and Modern Physics I4
PHYS 223Classical and Modern Physics III4
SPST 211Health and Wellness Promotion4
SPST 314Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Nutrition4

Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Social Science, Health, and Behavior Track

Covers the study of social, behavioral, structural, and institutional factors that influence public health outcomes, with a focus on health disparities.

Electives (16 credits)

ECON 222Microeconomic Principles: Public Policy4
ECON 344Environmental and Resource Economics4
ECON 348Health Economics4
IDS 415Understanding Eating Disorder4
IDS 455Human Sexuality4
IDS 418Science, Sex and Nature4
JPS 103Community Problem Solving4
JPS 335Reclaiming Democracy4
JPS 336Understanding Oppressive Sys4
JPS 325Family Violence4
JPS 306Multicultural Communication4
PHIL 231Philosophy and Sexuality4
PHIL 232Philosophy and Gender4
PHIL 241Ethics In a Digital World4
PHIL 242Environmental Ethics4
PHIL 261Philosophy and Race4
PSCI 204Public Policy and Administration4
PSCI 305Politics of Gender4
PSCI 319Modern Environmental Problems4
PSCI 246Politics of State & Local Govt4
PSY 100General Psychology4
PSY 224Developmental Psychology4
PSY 242Psychology of African Americans4
PSY 340Psychobiology (Biol 340)4
PSY 243Environmental Psychology4
PSY 351Psychology and Gender4
PSY 347Social Psychology4
SOAN 100Introduction to Sociology4
SOAN 103Cultural Anthropology4
SOAN 323Gender Health and Illness4
SOAN 416Gender and Sociology of the Body4
SPST 211Health and Wellness Promotion4
WGSS 110Introduction to Women's Gender Sexuality Studies4

Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Organizations, Business, and Health Policy Track

Covers basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the various agencies and branches of government. Students in this track will focus on material relevant to health policy and management, and the promotion of diversity and cultural competency.

Electives (15 hours, 4 courses)

BUS 215Business Law and Legal Environment4
BUS 249Principles of Management4
BUS 449Policy Formulation and Strategy4
ECON 222Microeconomic Principles: Public Policy4
ECON 344Environmental and Resource Economics4
ECON 348Health Economics4
HIST 314Immigration & a Multicultural Europe, 1800-Present4
JPS 103Community Problem Solving4
JPS 220Community Building and Organizing3-4
JPS 240Group Dynamics and Leadership4
JPS 310Public Management and Organizational Theory4
JPS 323Diversity at Work4
JPS 335Reclaiming Democracy4
JPS 336Understanding Oppressive Sys4
PECS 236Conflict Transformation for Peacebuilding and Justice (JPS 236)4
PECS 315Human Rights4
PECS 316Globalization: Economics & Social Justice4
PECS 355Culture, Conflict, Negotiation4
PHIL 241Ethics In a Digital World4
PHIL 242Environmental Ethics4
PSCI 101The American Political System4
PSCI 105Comparative Politics4
PSCI 204Public Policy and Administration4
PSCI 305Politics of Gender4
PSCI 319Modern Environmental Problems4
PSCI 329Wealth and Inequality in US4
PSCI 330Global Power and Wealth4
PSCI 364Race, Ethnicity and Politics4
PSCI 246Politics of State & Local Govt4
PSY 332Industrial and Organizational Psychology4
REL 230Comparative Religious Ethics4
SPST 211Health and Wellness Promotion4

Total credit hours required for B.S. degree in Public Health is a minimum of 47 credits