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Public Health (BS), 4-Year

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Help prevent disease, promote wellness, and improve the lives of people in your community and all over the world as a public health professional.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

While doctors and clinicians treat individuals, public health professionals work to keep entire populations healthy. They look at real-world data and develop, advocate for, and implement evidence-based solutions to health problems that impact communities as small as individual neighborhoods to as large as entire continents or the whole world.

Whether addressing the rising problem of obesity in the United States or seeking solutions to providing clean drinking water to people in developing nations, public health professionals tackle the big problems of health and wellness that impact millions of people.

As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program at D'Youville College you’ll be able to take advantage of our faculty’s extensive experience educating allied health professionals, learn from faculty with demonstrated expertise in math and the natural sciences, draw from the practical experience and theoretical acumen of our business faculty, and acquire the critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills you’ll need to succeed in your career from our liberal arts faculty.

What You'll Learn

Our program delivers a truly interdisciplinary public health education that's difficult to find at other institutions.

Because public health professionals work in a such a wide variety of settings and collaborate with so many other disciplines, our curriculum will help you develop an in-depth understanding of a wide variety of knowledge. As a student in our program you’ll study epidemiology, biostatistics, public health policy, environmental science, social dynamics, and behavioral health in the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education that emphasizes critical and ethical thinking.

Learn more about the global importance of public health professionals through the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.


Public Health at D'Youville College

Distinctions

As a student in D’Youville’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, you’ll have the opportunity to:
  • Combine theory, knowledge, and practice through our unique Capstone Experience designed to prepare you to begin your career in public health or continue on to advanced study in a graduate program.
  • Gain a global perspective and gain valuable experience through our study abroad opportunities.
  • Benefit from personalized attention, career guidance, and advice from our experienced faculty who have been recognized as experts in their field and lauded as caring mentors to their students.
  • Enjoy learning and living with fellow students in a wide variety of allied health programs who can expose you to new perspectives and challenge you intellectually as you move together towards your future careers in healthcare.

AUTOMATIC MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

 

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 $4,000  

2.5

Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Curriculum

As a student in D'Youville's BS in Public Health program you’ll experience a unique interdisciplinary experience designed to give you a competitive edge as you progress with your public health career. If you choose to continue your education by pursuing a graduate degree, our program will provide you with the chemistry, human physiology, and anatomy courses required by many of the top masters and doctoral public health programs.

In addition to majoring in Public Health, you can also choose to get an edge on the job market by adding a structured minor to your degree program. Choices include:

  • Spanish for Health Professionals
  • Health Service Management
  • Health Analytics
  • Environmental Science

Year 1 Curriculum

Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 111 English Communication I 3
SOC 101 or SOC 102 Sociology or Social Problems 3
HIS 103 or 111 or 203 or 204 History Core Course 3
HSM 110  Intro to Public Health 3
CSC 120 Electronic Medical Records 3
TOTAL   15

  

Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 112 English Communication II 3
PSY 101 or 203 General Psychology or Developmental Psychology  3
MAT 122 or 125 Algebra & Trigonometry or Calculus 3
HSM 203 Medical Terminology 1
  Elective 3
TOTAL   13

Year 2 Curriculum

Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 101
or CHE 111
General Chemistry and Lab
(or) Chemistry for the Health Sciences I
4/3
MAT 123 Applied Statistics 4
HSM 210 Delivering Health Services 3
HSM 110 Elective 3
SPE 201 Elective 3
TOTAL   16/17

Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 102 or CHE 112/113L General Chemistry & Lab II (or) Chemistry for the Health Sciences II/Lab 4
ECO 201 or ECO 202 or PSC 201 Macro Economics or Microeconomics or Political Science 3
MAT 124 Intermediate Applied Statistics 4
PHI 201 or RS 201 Ethics or Religion and Social Responsibility 3
TOTAL   14

Year 3 Curriculum

Fall Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 107 Anatomy & Physiology & Lab 4
SOC 215 Research Methods in Sociology 3
PH 301 Health Behavior 3
HSM 312 Health Education Program Planning and Evaluation 3
RS 214 Challenges of Death 3
TOTAL   16

Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 108/108L Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab 4
HSM 410 Health Care Law 3
PH 302 Global Health 3
SPE 201 Public Speaking 3
HSM 318 Elective 3
TOTAL   16

Year 4 Curriculum

Fall Semester

Course # Title Credit
BIO 3XX Environmental Health 3
SOC 400 Epidemiology 3
ENG 235 Writing for New Media 3
  Elective 3
PH 410 Public Health Capstone Experience  3
 TOTAL   15

Spring Semester

Course # Title Credit
PHI 312 Bioethics 3
HSM 414 Project Planning & Management 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective  3
TOTAL   15

Careers

Careers

ASPPH, the main organization for accredited academic public health professionals estimates that the United States will need an additional quarter of a million public health professionals by 2020. Between rising community health challenges, changes in the healthcare system, and a growing population, there’s never been a greater need for caring, compassionate, intelligent people like you who want to make the world a better place.

As a public health professional, you'll have nearly unlimited opportunities to put your skills and knowledge to work in a wide variety of fields as a:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Public Health Information Officer
  • Outcomes Researcher
  • Public Health Planner
  • Health Promotions Program Specialist
  • Health and Wellness Manager
  • Public Health Consultant
  • Legislative Policy Advisor
  • Public Health Journalist
  • Medical Investigator
  • Emergency Response Expert
  • Disease Ecologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Health Program Specialist
  • Consumer Safety Officer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Medical Writer
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Healthcare Educator

Find out more about the health issues affecting Western New York and discover how public health professionals work to improve their communities.

Capstone Experience

Capstone Experience

At D'Youville, you won’t just learn in the classroom: you'll also have the opportunity to apply what you've learned in a variety of hands-on experiences designed to transform you into a public health professional. 

Internship (3 Credits)

Working in a real public health setting as an intern is a proven way to improve your career prospects. Not only will you be able to gain real-world experience, but you’ll also have the opportunity to network with seasoned public health professionals who can not only provide you with the benefit of their experience, but their professional contacts as well.

As a junior or senior in D'Youville's BS in Public Health program, you'll complete both an Internship in a real-world public health setting as well as an Internship Seminar where you’ll have the opportunity to integrate the experience from your internship with the knowledge you’ve learned from your studies.

And you can be sure we'll be with you ever step of the way: D'Youville's faculty and staff will work with you in order to guide you to an internship experience at one of the many local facilities we have relationships with, including:

Study Abroad Experience (3 Credits)

Many public health professionals choose to work outside the United States through a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations. If you’re interested in a career that takes you outside the United States, our Study Abroad experience will help you develop the global perspective and cultural competencies necessary to be successful in the international arena.

Not only will you deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through semester-long study abroad experiences, but you’ll also have the opportunity to experience first-hand your host country’s public health infrastructure and specific public health challenges through the research you conduct while you develop your Final Paper on your experience abroad.

Independent Research (3 credits)

If you choose to pursue independent research for your Capstone Experience, you'll have the opportunity to work one-on-one alongside our nationally-known faculty while you collect, analyze, and interpret data in order to develop meaningful applications for public health. Typically, students who decide to pursue independent research follow a three step process:

  • Choose a faculty mentor to guide you
  • Select a research topic relating to your interests
  • Present your results to the D'Youville student body; opportunities also exist to present at regional, national or international conferences

Honors Thesis (6 Credits)

If you plan on going on to graduate school, the Honors Thesis option offers a wonderful opportunity to develop your research and analysis skills while working alongside one of our nationally-recognized faculty for two semesters. Choosing the Honors Thesis option will allow you to hone your research interests and skills while investigating a topic that's meaningful to you and building relationships within the academic community. Students who pursue this option must be honors students with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or better.

If you qualify to pursue this option, you will:

  • Work with a two-member faculty thesis team for 2 continuous semesters
  • Collect primary data or analyze secondary data
  • Defend your thesis to an audience of peers and committee members

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the bachelor's degree in Public Health must meet these criteria for admission into the program:

Admission Criteria
A combined SAT score of 1080 (or ACT 21) and;
High school average of at least 85% and;

High school rank in the upper one half of the class, and;

Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing in the bachelor's degree in Public Healthstudent must:

Good Academic Standing
Achieve a semester GPA of 2.50, and;
Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50, and;
Earn minimum grades of C in all courses required for the student's major.
*Courses with a grade below C must be repeated, but may only be repeated once.

Transfer Students

Transfer student applicants to the bachelor's degree in Public Health must meet these criteria for admission into the program:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Note: Find out how many credits will transfer to D'Youville College by using our Course Equivalency Database

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