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Public Health B.S.

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Public Health, B.S.


Program Contents and Requirements

The program introduces the student to a broad spectrum of public health courses in a number of disciplines that broadly reflect the field including epidemiology, natural sciences, math, philosophy/religion, sociology, research, and health services.

The mission of the program is to prepare students to enter a diverse public health workforce in a variety of job placements, as well as to provide a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in related fields.


Course Requirements

Public Health
Degree: B.S.

College Core Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 111

Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing

This course is an introduction to literature and the fundamentals of academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success:critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of writing for both readers and listeners.

Prequisites: None

ENG 112

Liberal Arts Seminar: Research Writing

This course teaches academic research skills and writing based on a liberal arts topic. Topics vary by instructor.

Prequisites: None


PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201

Five Required Humanities Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHI 312

Bioethics Seminar

This course analyzes ethical dilemmas and problems posed by developments in the biosciences. Problems discussed include choices for life or death, allocation of resources, human experimentation, reproductive technologies and professional-client relationships.

Prequisites: PHI-201 or PHI/RS-214

ENG 235

Digital Storytelling

This course will explore the new frontiers of writing and the range of cultural competencies necessary to fully participate in the global digital future. Students will develop digital and information literacies as well as the foundational elements of strong, clear, precise writing while becoming fluent in emerging communication practices. Students will learn to produce texts in multimedia digital environments, producing new media writing projects such as blogs, wikis, websites, social networking sites, audio, video, and other converged and hybrid media. The course will also focus on helping students to develop critical media literacy skills; students will learn to apply rigorous critical analysis of the media that they consume.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: ENG-111 ENG-112

SPE 201

Public Speaking

This is an introduction to speaking before groups and includes techniques of speech preparation and delivery,adapting to the purpose of the speaking situation,and practice in various types of oral presentation in a comfortable workshop atmosphere.

Prequisites: None


Two Humanities Electives

Choose two elective Humanities courses.

Social Sciences

Course Number Course Name Credits

PSY 203 or PSY 101

Choose one elective from PSY 203 or PSY 101

SOC 101 or SOC 102

Choose one elective from SOC 101 or SOC 102

HIS 103 or HIS 111 or HIS 203 or HIS 204

Choose one elective from HIS 103, HIS 111, HIS 203, or HIS 204

ECO 201 or PSC 201 or ECO 202

Choose one elective from ECO 201, PSC 201, or ECO 202


Course Number Course Name Credits
CSC 120

Computers & Electronic Health Records

This is an introduction to the fundamental ideas of computers and their role in society. Students learn of the historical origins of computers, the development of computers since WWII, their uses and impact in society, emerging technologies, and the implementation of computers: operating systems, software applications, the Internet, and an introduction to some elementary programming: e.g., HTML, SQL (Databases and Electronic Health Records), advanced spreadsheet formulas. Electronic medical records (EMRs) are a digital version of the paper charts in the clinician's office. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) focus on the total health of the patient by focusing a broader view of all aspects of a patient's care. This course has a great deal of emphasis on databases including practical hands-on experience using (EMR/EHR) software.

Prequisites: MAT-101 or achieve a placement test score indicatingmastery of the MAT-101 material.


MAT 122 or MAT 125

Choose one elective from MAT 122 or MAT 125

Natural Science

Course Number Course Name Credits

One Electivefrom CHE 101 and CHE 101L, or CHE 111

Choose one elective (and corresponding lab if applicable) from CHE 101, CHE 101L, or CHE 111.
BIO 107

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prequisites: CPC-022, 1 semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L and BIO-107R

BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

This course accompanies BIO 107. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prequisites: BIO-107


Free Electives

Course Number Course Name Credits

Three Electives

Choose three free electives.

Total: 58-60

*A minimum of four electives are approved (12 credits) for the major. At least three of the approved electives must be at the 300-400 level. Check the current college catalog to ensure that you meet the prerequisites for the intended course.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific area of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSM 110

Introduction to Public Health

Public health aims to prevent and treat disease and to promote and protect health through strategies that engage the community. This course will examine the history of public health as well as core areas of public health including assessment, assurance and policy development. Students will learn about health promotion and disease promotion and disease prevention of communicable and non-communicable disease social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, environmental health and health policy.

Prequisites: None

HSM 203

Medical Terminology

This course applies medical terminology including word components (root word, prefix and suffix), medical abbreviations, pathologies and diagnostic tests. Students also learn how to conduct a chart review, interpret admission notes, surgical reports, discharge summaries, and understand the components of a SOAP note.

Prequisites: None

HSM 210

Delivering Health Services

This course presents a systems approach to the delivery of health services. Students will develop an understanding of the basic structures and operations of health care systems. The course examines resources, processes and outcomes of health systems.

Prequisites: None

HSM 312

Health Edu Program Planning & Evaluation

This course focuses on health education at the individual and population levels. Students will learn how to conduct a community diagnosis, mobilize communities for action in promoting healthy behaviors at individual and community levels. Students will learn how to align strategies with Healthy People 2010 and measure improvements.

Prequisites: None

HSM 410

Health Care Law

This course introduces students to the major legal issues and principles in the health care field and in the administration of health care services and examines the phases of project planning and management. Students will learn how to set reasonable goals and determine a time line and budget. They will also learn how to lead and facilitate teams through the work plan.

Prequisites: HSM-210

HSM 414

Project Planning & Management

This course examines the phases of project and management in health care organizations. Students will learn how to use a systems approach to integrate local, state and federal health care mandates and professional standards in setting reasonable goals, determine a time line and budget. They will learn how to lead and facilitate team of support staff, professionals and allied health professionals through the work plan. They will learn to present the project verbally and in writing using a variety of presentation formats.

Prequisites: HSM-406

PH 301

Health Behavior

This course will review the determinants of health-related behavior and important theories, as well as discuss how these theories can be practically applied in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs. This course will begin to answer the meta-question as it relates to health behavior: "Why do people do what they do?"

Prequisites: HSM-110

PH 302

Global Health

This course will prepare future health professionals to work in a global market whether it is in their local community or in some faraway land. This course will provide insights in understanding global health issues and the improvement of health at a population level.

Prequisites: HSM-110

SOC 215

Research Methods in Sociology

In this course,students are introduced to qualitative methods and the basics of interpreting statistics. Students learn how to analyze and evaluate existing research,construct a research project,conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews,and analyze policy and primary documents. Ethical considerations regarding conducting research and uses of research are discussed.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

SOC 400

Social Epidemiology

This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

BIO 332

Environmental Health

Environmental health examines the impact of the environment on human health. This includes 1) the effect of environmental components, such as pollutants, pathogens, and toxins, on human health, 2) energy resource uses and its effect on human health, 3) food safety, 4) environmental hazards found in the work place, and 5) environmental degradation as it relates to human health and wellbeing. This course will also examine the methods of environmental assessment and the role of public policy related to environmental health.

Prequisites: (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-102 CHE-102L) or (CHE-111CHE-112 CHE-113), BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L

BIO 108

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prequisites: CPC-022, Prior completion of BIO-107/L, BIO-108L

BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

This course accompanies BIO 108. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prequisites: BIO-108


CHE 102L or CHE 112 with CHE 113L

Choose one elective (and corresponding lab) from CHE 102 with CHE 102L or CHE 112 with CHE 113L
MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT 120

Prequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course fromPHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L

MAT 124

Intermediate Applied Statistics

This course continues and expands the material present in MAT 123. The course will cover hypothesis testing for variances, symmetric versus asymmetric distributions, non-parametric methods for one, two or multiple samples, measures of association, multifactor analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance. The material focuses on the application of known methods. Large data sets will be employed to explore the methods presented in class. The course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB or SAS.

Prequisites: MAT-123 with a minimum grade of C.

PH 410

Capstone Project

The Capstone experience will be designed to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge as developed throughout the student's academic program. Students will be eligible to complete their capstone in their junior or senior year (senior status will be required for the Thesis option). The undergraduate student will have four options for completion of the capstone requirement: internship, study abroad, Honors thesis, or independent study All capstone experiences will require prior approval from the Chair before work can begin. Prereqquisite junior or senior standing in the major.

* Students who chose to take CHE 111, 112, 113 must take the extra approved elective to meet the 120 graduation requirement.  

Approved Major Electives

Course Number Course Name Credits

Four Electives

Choose a minimum of four electives approved for the major. A minimum of three of the approved electives must be at the 300-400 level. Check the catalog to ensure that the prerequisites for the intended course have been met.
BIO 117

Drugs and Disease

What exactly is a heart attack? Why does aspirin health prevent strokes? Why are anti-depressants associated with suicide? This basic course will answer these questions while providing an overview of common disease states and the drugs used to treat them. Disease states of the major organ systems will be covered as well as the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. Prerequisite: None: however, basic knowledge in biology is recommended; not eligible for elective credit in the major.

Prequisites: None

BIO 330

Environmental Microbiology

This course and required laboratory will focus on microbes, their biochemistry and their interactions with higher animals in specific ecologies. Microbes play a primary,and often overlooked, role in every ecosystem on Earth. The unique biochemistries of these microbes are responsible for a wealth of activities critical to human and planetary health,including oxygen generation,carbon and nitrogen bioavailability,bioremediation of pollutants, decomposition of organic matter,nutrient cycling and human sanitation. This course is not intended as the required course in a health sciences major as it eschews medical microbes in favor of environmentally or commercially important microorganisms. This course requires a weekly 3 hour lecture and a 3 hour laboratory.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: Four (4) credits of college level chemistry., BIO-330L, (BIO-102 BIO-102L or (BIO-108 BIO-108L)

HIS 336

American Environmental History

This course examines the major themes and issues in American environmental history, focusing on the changing attitudes and behavior towards nature in the transition from rural agricultural to an urban industrial society that profoundly transformed the physical and cultural landscapes. Offered every third semester

Prequisites: None

HSM 220

Community Health

This course presents an overview of public health agencies, but focuses on methods for creating and maintaining healthy communities. Students will learn how to function in the role of facilitating partnerships between communities, business and government.

Prequisites: None

HSM 406

Health Informatics

This course provides an overview of clinical information, administrative information and decision support information systems. Emphasis is placed on decision support, specifically information and analytical tools to support managerial decision making.

Prequisites: MGT-318 HSM-210

PSY 353

Social Psychology of Aging

This overview of psychology of aging stresses the social aspects of the aging process. Topics include theories of aging, intellectual, functioning and learning; mental health of aged and organic brain dysfunction; culture and the family and aging;dying and the grief process. This experimental course will include some field observations as well as lectures and discussions.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203, PSY-203

SOC 322

Health Illness & Society

This is a critical survey and analysis of theory and research on health institutions in modern society as well as social etiology of disease,sociological components in treatment,hospital organization and medical practice and sociology of medical education.

Prequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

SOC 323

Sociology of the City

The course deals with the processes of urbanization and conditions of urban life. Topics include the nature of urban social relationships, organization of city life, urban ecological patterns and demographic conditions and regional influences on metropolitan centers.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: SOC-101 SOC-102


Core Requirements and electives: 62-68

Minimum total credits required: 120


Academic Requirements for the Public Health Program:

Admissions Requirements

  1. A combined SAT score of 1000 (or ACT 21), and
  2. High school average of at least 85%, and
  3. High school rank in the upper one half of the class
  4. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing in the public health program students must:

  1. Achieve a semester GPA of 2.50, and
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50, and
  3. Earn minimum grades of C in all courses required for the major

*Courses with a grade below a C must be repeated, but may be repeated only once.

Academic Probation

Students who are not in good academic standing will be placed on academic probation for their next (non-summer) semester. Students on academic probation will be limited to 13 credits hours during the semester they are on academic probation. Students will come off probation if they meet the requirements for good academic standing listed above.


Students will be dismissed from the public health program if they:

  1. Fail to remain in good academic standing while on academic probation or after having been on academic probation during a previous (non-summer) semester, or
  2. Fail to earn a minimum grade of C in a repeated course.


To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at


Health Services Administration Department

The health services administration department offers a bachelor of science degree in health services management, health analytics, public health, as well as a master of science degree in health services administration, a doctorate in health administration, and three advanced certificates in health services administration, long-term care and clinical research associate. The undergraduate programs are described in the undergraduate catalog.

The health services administration department offers graduate courses in fall and spring semesters primarily with limited offerings in summer sessions. Classes are delivered full on campus, fully online (distance learning) and hybrid ( a mix of on campus and distance learning). On campus courses are offered on Monday through Thursday nights from 5:30 - 8:15 PM.