Public Health Major, Bachelor of Science (BS)

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Public Health majors are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people. Placements will be in a variety of settings including public health and non-profit health agencies, worksite wellness programs, colleges and universities and government agencies. The majors are prepared to sit for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (CHES) examination and for graduate programs in public health, health promotion and community health education.

Degree Requirements

  1. a minimum 2.50 in each required Health Education course;
  2. a minimum cumulative 2.50 shall be necessary in all upper- and lower-division required Public Health courses;
  3. a minimum 2.0 in each of the supporting courses from Communication Studies and the Social and Behavioral Science Core;
  4. a minimum cumulative GPA 2.50 shall be required for all university coursework;
  5. must meet with major advisor once each quarter;
  6. failure to comply with the above standards will prohibit Professional Internship eligibility.

Note: select supporting courses in consultation with departmental advisor.

The following requirements must be completed before declaring in the Public Health major.
≥2.5 grade required to declare Public Health major
BIOL 232HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
BIOL 233HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
CHEM 161GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES5
Recommended Courses for Cultural and Gender Diversity Requirement (choose one)5
ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER
GENDER AND COMMUNICATION
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
ECONOMICS OF POVERTY AND DISCRIMINATION
Recommended Courses for International Studies Requirement (choose one)5
CULTURAL ECOLOGY
THE HUMAN PROSPECT
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION
PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Required Core Courses
HLED 256MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY2
HLED 370PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH4
HLED 372APPLIED NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL FITNESS3
HLED 374INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY3
HLED 380HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE4
HLED 381MIND-BODY HEALTH3
HLED 382HEALTH DISPARITIES4
HLED 383ENVIRONMENTS FOR HEALTH4
HLED 440HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT4
HLED 450HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION4
HLED 475SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY4
HLED 482GRANT WRITING IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
HLED 488SERVICE LEARNING IN PUBLIC HEALTH12
HLED 490SENIOR CAPSTONE IN PUBLIC HEALTH4
PHED 350PHYSIOLOGICAL KINESIOLOGY4
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 234HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
CMST 200INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION5
or CMST 201 PUBLIC SPEAKING
CSBS 320INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5
TCOM 205INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION5
Choose three courses (8-15 credits) or choose a recommended Minor (15-34 credits)8-34
SURVEY OF ALCOHOL/DRUG PROBLEMS
SUICIDE PREVENTION
MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN AGING
ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION
SEX, SEXUALITY AND COMMUNICATION
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMPUTER AIDED DATA ANALYSIS
HEALTH ECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GIS SOFTWARE DESIGN
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES
THE GEOGRAPHY OF CHILDHOOD
ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR
TRIBAL PLANNING
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR
SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
WOMEN IN PRISON
Recommended Minor list
Addiction Counseling and Prevention Minor (34 credits)
Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (24 credits)
Communication Studies Minor (19 credits)
Health Services Management Minor (20 credits)
Psychology Minor (20 credits)
Race and Culture Studies Minor (18 credits)
Urban and Regional Planning Minor (15 credits)
Total Credits90-116

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

 Student Learning Objectives—students will

  • conduct needs assessments, design and implement health promotion programs, and carry out program evaluations;
  •  assess the values and perspectives of diverse individuals, communities, and cultures and their influence on health behaviors, choices, and practices;
  •  understand theories of health behavior and how to effectively facilitate change;
  • engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches for improving population health.
  • understand major local, national, and global health challenges;
  • understand how to conduct a literature search on a health issue using a variety of academic and public resources and be able to assess the quality of health information and data;
  • appreciate the role of community collaborations in promoting population health;
  •  demonstrate cultural competence by implementing strategies for culturally diverse priority populations.;
  • identify various funding streams for public health;
  • apply knowledge and skills to an internship experience which in turn will provide practical experience in the field.