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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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: None


PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201
Total 9

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.

Prerequisites: PHI-201 or PHI/RS-214

FA 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
Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: None


Two Humanities Electives

Choose two elective Humanities courses.
Total 15

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
Total 12


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.

Prerequisites: MAT-101 or achieve a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT-101 material.


MAT 122 or MAT 125

Choose one elective from MAT 122 or MAT 125
Total 6-7

Natural Science

Course Number Course Name Credits

One Elective from 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.

Prerequisites: CPC-022, 1 semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L

BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

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

Prerequisites: BIO-107

Total 7-8

Free Electives

Course Number Course Name Credits

Three Electives

Choose three free electives.
Total 9

Total: 58-60

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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: None

HSM 210

Introduction to Healthcare Systems

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.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: None

HSM 410

Health Care Policy and Law

This course develops students'knowledge and understanding of the development and impact of policy and law in the US on healthcare organizations.Specific emphasis will be given to principles of law, policy and the U.S. legal system including laws and policies related documentation,privacy,security,release of health information,liability,consent,and malpractice.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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?"

Prerequisites: 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. 

Prerequisites: 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
Prerequisites: 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
Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-102 CHE-102L) or (CHE-111 CHE-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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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

Prerequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course from PHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L or be a pre-pharmacy student.

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.

Prerequisites: 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.
Total 49-52

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

Approved Major Electives

Course Number Course Name Credits
Four Electives

BIO 117, BIO 208/L, BIO 330, HIS 336, HSM 220, HSM 406, PSY 353, SOC 322 or SOC 323

Choose four electives from BIO 117, BIO 208/L, BIO 330, HIS 336, HSM 220, HSM 406, PSY 353, SOC 322 or SOC 323.

BIO 208 must be taken with BIO 208L

Total 12-15

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

 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 1080 (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 maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50.

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 credit hours during the semester they are on academic probation. Students will be removed from probation if they meet the requirements for good academic standing listed above. Students can remain on academic probation for two consecutive, non-summer, semesters.


Students will be dismissed from the public health program if they fail to remain in good academic standing after having been on academic probation during the immediate two preceding consecutive, non-summer, semesters

Graduation Requirements

Students will be eligible for a baccalaureate degree from the health analytics program if they:

  1. Fulfill all college and major curriculum requirements
  2. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  3. Earn a minimum of a C in program Capstone and Internship requirements


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. Graduate 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.