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 26-27 core course credits, 4 communication course credits, 4 information literacy credits and a 15 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 - Choose one class from the following. Students should work closely with advisors to determine the information literacy course that best fits their background and preparation.4
Scientific Inquiry: Introduction to Research in Community Health Issues (BIOL 292)
Research Methods
Research Methods and Analysis
Research Methods
Social Research Methods
Research Methods in Sport Studies
Ethics Requirement - Choose one class from the following:4
Ethics
Bioethics
Comparative Religious Ethics
Biology Requirement - Choose one class from the following: 4
Intro Biol: Ecol and Evolution
Intro Biol:Molecules and Cells
Approved BIOL 101: Explorations in Biology: Special Topics course
Communication Requirement - Choose one class from the following:4
Journalism
Technical and Professional Communication
Interpersonal Communications (PSY 270)
Mass Media
Multicultural Communication
Advanced Grammar and Phonetics
Experiential Requirement - Choose one class from the following:4
Internship
Senior Thesis
An approved study abroad/away
Specialized Track (each is 15 credits)15
Natural Science, Disease, and the Environment
Social Science, Health, and Behavior
Organizations, Business, and Health Policy

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

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)

Environmental Science
Molecular Cell Biology
Microbiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Psychobiology (PSY 340)
Biochemistry (CHEM 434)
General Ecology
Genetics
Chemical Principles I
Chemical Principles II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Environmental Science, Policy and Thought: Introduction to Environmental Studies
Geology and the Environment
Hydrology
Environmental Pollution
Science, Sex and Nature
Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences I
Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences II
Physics I
Physics II
Classical and Modern Physics I
Classical and Modern Physics III
Health and Wellness Promotion
Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

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 (minimum of 15 credits)

Microeconomic Principles: Public Policy
Environmental and Resource Economics
Health Economics
Understanding Eating Disorder
Human Sexuality
Science, Sex and Nature
Community Problem Solving
Reclaiming Democracy
Understanding Oppressive Sys
Family Violence
Multicultural Communication
Philosophy and Sexuality
Philosophy and Gender
Ethics In a Digital World
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy and Race
Public Policy and Administration
Politics of Gender
Modern Environmental Problems
Politics of State & Local Govt
Introduction to Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Psychology of African Americans
Psychobiology (Biol 340)
Environmental Psychology
Psychology and Gender
Social Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Anthropology
Gender Health and Illness
Gender and Sociology of the Body
Health and Wellness Promotion
Introduction to Women's Gender Sexuality Studies

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 (minimum of 15 credits)

Business Law and Legal Environment
Principles of Management
Policy Formulation and Strategy
Microeconomic Principles: Public Policy
Environmental and Resource Economics
Health Economics
Immigration & a Multicultural Europe, 1800-Present
Community Problem Solving
Community Building and Organizing
Group Dynamics and Leadership
Policy in Action
Diversity at Work
Reclaiming Democracy
Understanding Oppressive Sys
Conflict Transformation for Peacebuilding and Justice (JPS 236)
Human Rights
Globalization: Economics & Social Justice
Culture, Conflict, Negotiation
Ethics In a Digital World
Environmental Ethics
The American Political System
Comparative Politics
Public Policy and Administration
Politics of Gender
Modern Environmental Problems
Wealth and Inequality in US
Global Power and Wealth
Race, Ethnicity and Politics
Politics of State & Local Govt
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Comparative Religious Ethics
Health and Wellness Promotion

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