Public Health (BS)

Public Health occupations work to promote and protect health where we live, learn, work and play. Courses build skills in health sciences, behavioral psychology, communication, planning, policy development and ethics. Students also have choices for a variety of enrichment areas.    Opportunities for Public Health careers are in both the public and private sectors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPH) have determined that public health workforce needs are increasing. The Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health degree can lead to advanced degrees in Health Care Administration, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Law and many other fields. The program blends easily with study abroad and with a variety of Minors.

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
PBH 2000Foundations of Public Health4
PBH 2200Assessment and Communication in Public Health (TECO)4
PBH 3010Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Public Health (QRCO)4
PBH 3200Social and Behavioral Health Psychology (INCO,INCP)4
PBH 3400Program Planning for Public Health (WRCO)4
PBH 4000Ethics, Social Justice, and Policy in Public Health4
Professional Capstone
Complete one course from the following:4-12
Guided Practice in Public Health (4 credits)
Internship/Field Experience (4 credits; can be taken 3 times for 12 credits)
Statistics Group
Complete one course from the following:3-4
Statistics I (QRCO)
Measurement and Assessment in Physical Education (QRCO,WRCO)
Social Statistics (QRCO)
Diversity Enrichment
Complete one course from the following:3-4
Foundations of Sociology (DICO)
Organizational Behavior & Team Development (DICO)
Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO,INCO,INCP)
Public Administration (DICO)
Society, Ethics, and the Law (DICO,INCO,INCP)
Ethics and Communication (DICO,INCO,INCP)
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (DICO)
Complete two courses from the following:6-8
Foundations of Anthropology (GACO)
Wealth and Poverty
Environment and Health (WECO)
Social Problems
Drugs and Society (INCO,INCP)
Illness, Wellness, and Healing (INCO,INCP,WECO)
Sustainability in Practice (WECO)
Mental Health and Society (GACO)
Health and Society (GACO,WECO)
Health Enrichment
Complete 12 credits from AHS, EX, HE or NR; At least two courses from HE12
General Education
EN 1400Composition4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
CTDICreative Thought Direction3-4
MAMathematics Foundations3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction3-4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI)3-4
Connections - if not completed above
GACOGlobal Awareness Connection0-4
Total Credits120

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives).

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
MAMathematics Foundations 3-4
CTDICreative Thought Direction 3-4
Elective 3-4
Elective 3-4
Year Two
PBH 2000 Foundations of Public Health 4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
Enrichment Choice (HE or WECO) 3-4
Social or Environmental Choice 3-4
PBH 2200 Assessment and Communication in Public Health (TECO) 4
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
Statistics Choice (QRCO) 3-4
Enrichment Choice (HE) 3-4
Year Three
PBH 3010 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Public Health (QRCO) 4
PBH 3200 Social and Behavioral Health Psychology (INCO,INCP) 4
Social or Environmental Choice 3-4
Elective or Minor 3-4
PBH 3400 Program Planning for Public Health (WRCO) 4
Enrichment Choice (HE) 3-4
Enrichment Choice (DICO) 3-4
Elective or Minor 3-4
Year Four
PBH 4000 Ethics, Social Justice, and Policy in Public Health 4
Enrichment Choice (HE) 3-4
Electives or Minor 9
PBH 4200
Guided Practice in Public Health
or Internship/Field Experience
Electives or Minor 1-9
 Total Credits120

Academic advising recommendations: 

  • Audit accumulated credits each semester to carefully to ensure reaching appropriate totals at each year end.
  • Internship requires a 3.0 Major GPA.  If a 12 credit internship is desired, credits should be front loaded to ensure that 12 credits will be adequate to graduate in Spring 4.
  • For SIDI Series that support PH consider:
    • BIDI 1220 Biology Core Concepts: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

& BIDI 1320 Biology Core Concepts: Cells, Genes, and Biotechnology

  • BIDI 2010 Human Biology I & BIDI 2020 Human Biology II
  • PSDI 2030 Mind, Brain and Evolution
  • PSDI 2190 Quack Remedies, False Prophets and Unwarranted Claims
  • GEDI 1200 Environmental Geography