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
CM 3095Technical Communication (TECO,WRCO)4
AHS 3305Epidemiology and Evidence Based Medicine (GACO,QRCO,WRCO)4
PBH 3210Social and Behavioral Health Psychology4
PBH 3400Program Planning for Public Health (WRCO)4
PBH 4000Ethics, Social Justice, and Policy in Public Health4
PBH 4200Guided Practice in Public Health4
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
Society, Ethics, and the Law (DICO)
Foundations of Sociology (DICO)
Organizational Behavior & Team Development (DICO)
Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO,INCO)
Public Administration (DICO)
Ethics and Communication (DICO,INCO)
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (DICO)
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History (DICO)
Complete two courses from the following:6-8
Foundations of Anthropology (GACO)
Economic Diversity and Inequality
Environment and Health (WECO)
Social Problems
Illness, Wellness, and Healing (INCO,INCP,WECO)
Sustainability in Practice (WECO)
Mental Health and Society (GACO)
Health and Society (GACO,WECO)
Health and Illness in American History (WECO)
Introduction to Sustainability Studies
GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (QRCO,TECO)
Health Enrichment
Complete 12 credits from AHS, EX, HE or NR. At least 6 credits must be from HE.12
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
INCOIntegration Connection
Total Credits114-117

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
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
PBH 2000 Foundations of Public Health 4
MAMathematics Foundations 3-4
CTDICreative Thought Direction
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
Elective 3-4
Year Two
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
Elective 4
Elective 4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
HE: Health Enrichment Choice 3
S/E: Social Environmental Enrichment Choice 4
Statistics Choice (QRCO) 3-4
Year Three
AHS 3305 Epidemiology and Evidence Based Medicine (GACO,QRCO,WRCO) 4
Social or Environmental Choice 3-4
Choice: Health Enrichment Choice 3-4
Elective 3-4
PBH 3210 Social and Behavioral Health Psychology 4
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
Enrichment Choice (HE) 3-4
CM: Technical Communication 4
Year Four
PBH 3400 Program Planning for Public Health (WRCO) 4
PBH 4000 Ethics, Social Justice, and Policy in Public Health 4
Electives 7-8
PBH 4200
Guided Practice in Public Health
or Internship/Field Experience
INCPIntegrated Capstone 4
Electives 7-8
 Total Credits120

Academic advising recommendations: 

  • Audit accumulated credits each semester to carefully to ensure reaching appropriate totals at each year end.
  • 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
In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete the Public Health degree are able to:
  • Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  • Enforce policies and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  • Link people to needed resources and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  • Build capacity of communities to achieve health equity through community development and policy
From the American Public Health Association CareerMart newsletter, Bachelor of Science in Public Health students find jobs such as:
  • Serving as a Community Health Worker for clinics, hospitals, and healthcare agencies
  • Designing and implementing health promotion programs
  • Leading physical activity programs for clinics, wellness centers or communities
  • Serving as a program assistant with an international health organization
  • Carrying out health-related assessments at worksites or in communities
  • Working as a research assistant with a nonprofit organization or agency
  • Doing consulting work related to disease prevention
  • Working at a company that does health communication and health marketing
  • Conducting air quality sampling and surveying
  • Serving as a mentor or trainer for programs for children and/or youth
  • Designing and leading wellness programs in assisted living facilities for older adults
  • Working for international agencies to address public health issues in special populations