Public Health Major, Bachelor of Science (BS)
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.
- must meet with major advisor once each quarter;
- select supporting courses in consultation with departmental advisor;
- failure to comply with the above standards will prohibit Professional Internship eligibility.
Grade Requirements: a grade ≥C is required for all upper- and lower-division required courses in Public Health and a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.50 shall be required for all university coursework.
- Before declaring in the Public Health major BIOL 232 and BIOL 233 must be completed, each with a grade ≥C.
|Required Core Courses|
|HLED 256||MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY||2|
|HLED 370||INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH||4|
|HLED 372||APPLIED NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL FITNESS||3|
|HLED 374||INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY||3|
|HLED 380||HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE||4|
|HLED 381||MIND-BODY HEALTH||3|
|HLED 382||HEALTH DISPARITIES||4|
|HLED 383||ENVIRONMENTS FOR HEALTH||4|
|HLED 440||HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT||4|
|HLED 450||HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION||4|
|HLED 475||HUMAN SEXUALITY||3|
|HLED 482||GRANT WRITING IN PUBLIC HEALTH||3|
|HLED 488||SERVICE LEARNING IN PUBLIC HEALTH||12|
|HLED 490||SENIOR CAPSTONE IN PUBLIC HEALTH||4|
|PHED 350||PHYSIOLOGICAL KINESIOLOGY||4|
|Required Supporting Courses|
|BIOL 234||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS||5|
|CMST 200||INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION||5|
|or CMST 201||PUBLIC SPEAKING|
|CSBS 320||INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES||5|
|TCOM 205||INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION||5|
|Choose three courses (8–15 credits) or complete a recommended Minor (15–34 credits)||8-34|
|SURVEY OF ALCOHOL/DRUG PROBLEMS|
|MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN AGING|
|SEX, SEXUALITY AND COMMUNICATION|
|COMPUTER AIDED DATA ANALYSIS|
|INTRODUCTION TO GIS SOFTWARE DESIGN|
|GIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|THE GEOGRAPHY OF CHILDHOOD|
|ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR|
|DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR|
|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)
All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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- apply knowledge and skills to an internship experience which in turn will provide practical experience in the field;
- appreciate the role of community collaborations in promoting population health;
- assess the values and perspectives of diverse individuals, communities, and cultures and their influence on health behaviors, choices, and practices;
- conduct needs assessments, design and implement health promotion programs, and carry out program evaluations;
- demonstrate cultural competence by implementing strategies for culturally diverse priority populations.;
- engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches for improving population health;
- identify various funding streams for public health;
- 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;
- understand major local, national, and global health challenges;
- understand theories of health behavior and how to effectively facilitate change.