Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)


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This 62 credit-hour major will provide you with a strong foundation in public health through evidence-informed course content; community-based internships; and a curriculum based on established competencies, best practices, and accreditation standards.

What A Difference A Public Health Degree Can Make

Where others dream of change, public health graduates go out and make it. Whether it’s investigating emerging diseases, reducing health disparities or advocating for clean air and water, public health is on the front line of addressing some of today's biggest problems. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program integrates academic rigor with real-world solutions to promote healthy communities. This program will consist of core public health courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Policy, Public Health Practice, Social and Behavioral Health and interdisciplinary core courses in Anthropology, Communications, Health Sciences and Sociology.  Faculty and students collaborate with local health and community agencies to help prevent chronic disease, inform public policy and reduce health disparities. As students earn their degree, they will work to address health concerns that affect their community. Students will have the opportunity to design and test public health initiatives using an experiential approach through engaged scholarship opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree is more than a means to produce public health practitioners. It can complement or enrich a traditional biology-based, pre-health degree plan for students intending professional education in medicine, nursing, allied health or other health professions.

A Degree That Fits Your World

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health is ideal for anyone who is interested in learning about health, likes to solve problems and has a passion for making a difference. To help you succeed, you’ll get:

  • Support from faculty with diverse public health expertise
  • Practical fieldwork experience to prepare you for your career
  • Opportunities for professional development and networking

The Demand

Public Health is an emerging field with growing opportunities for fulfilling careers. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health are in high demand to fill lucrative roles at private, non-profit, governmental and international organizations. In addition to the call for new professionals to fill existing roles, the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the need for an ongoing investment in the Public Health field. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects as much as 20% growth in the field by 2030.

icon for admission requirementsAdmission Requirements

  • To be eligible for the public health major, students must successfully complete their General Education required courses with a grade of “C” or higher (on their first or second attempt), have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and be in good academic standing.
  • There are no prerequisites to declare a major or minor in Public Health.

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Students are advised to declare the Public Health major no later than the end of their last semester of sophomore year to ensure completion of the major by their anticipated graduation date.

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Integrated Public Health Core (30 hours)

  • PUBH 3120 Environmental and Climate Health
  • PUBH 4121 Environmental Health: Practice & Application
  • PUBH 3130 Social Determinants and Health Disparities
  • PUBH 4131 Public Health & Social Justice
  • PUBH 3150 Health Data Analytics and Informatics
  • PUBH 4151 Analytic & Research Methods in Public Health II
  • PUBH 3180 Public Health Principles & Practice I
  • PUBH 4181 Public Health Principles & Practice II
  • PUBH 3710 Public Health Systems & Policy I
  • PUBH 4711 Public Health Systems & Policy II

Interdisciplinary Core (15 hours) - Select five

  • ANTH 4511 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 4571 Race and Health Disparities
  • COMM 4015 Health Literacy
  • HLSC 4200 Cultural Competence in Health
  • SOCI 4442 Sociology of Poverty
  • COMM 4375 Intercultural Communication
  • ANTH 3500 Anth of Global Health
  • COMM 4016 Public Health Campaigns
  • ANTH 4521 Culture, Soc, & Mental Health

Field Experience & Capstone (5 hours)

  • PUBH 4010 Fieldwork (2 hours)
  • PUBH 4985 Capstone Experience (3 hours)

Senior Capstone Experience

The senior Capstone Experience is a student’s culminating experience or capstone designed to synthesize and integrate the content of a student’s program of study. The senior project is intended to coalesce the theoretical and applied areas of study into an academically relevant example of scholarship. Students will complete research on a topic of their choice with approval of their senior project instructor during their final semester.

Guided Electives (12 hours) – Select four

  • PUBH 3102 Epidemics: From the Plague to Ebola
  • PUBH 3170 Global Public Health Crises and Milestones
  • PUBH 4868 Global Refugee Crises as a Public Health Concern
  • ANTH 3500 Anth of Global Health
  • ANTH 3511 Culture/Kin/Family
  • ANTH 4111 Evolution & Human Health
  • ANTH 4417 Food, Culture, Power
  • ANTH 4531 Alcohol, Drugs & Culture
  • BIOL/ESCI 4241 Biogeog/GIS Analyses/Ecology
  • CDFS 3401 Parent Child Relations
  • CDFS 3410 Facilitating Social Emotional Development for Young Children
  • CJUS 4460 Race/Ethnicity/Justice in America
  • HLSC 4100 Health & Aging
  • HLSC 4500 Project Management in Health Sciences
  • NUTR 4602 Community Nutr
  • PHIL 3514 Biomedical Ethics
  • SOCI 4851 Medical Sociology
  • SWRK 4061 Substance Abuse Treatment
  • SWRK 3010 Social Response to Human Need

icon for competenciesCompetencies

  • Public Health Communication: Students should be able to communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences
  • Information Literacy: Students should be able to locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information
  • Foundational Domains
    • The concepts and applications of basic statistics
    • The foundations of biological and life sciences
    • The history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society
    • The basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice
    • The concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations
    • The underlying science of human health and disease, including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course
    • The socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
    • The fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation
    • The fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as the differences between systems in other countries
    • Basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy and the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government
    • Basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology

icon for recommended course sequenceRecommended Course Sequence

Freshman Year

Fall 1

  • GenEd: ENGL 1010 English Composition
  • GenEd Mathematics: MATH 1530/1910
  • GenEd: Humanities/Fine Arts
  • GenEd: Social/Behavioral Science
  • General Elective

Spring 1

  • GenEd: ENGL 1020 English Comp/Analysis
  • GenEd: 2181 Population Health & Society [or another Social/Behavioral Science GenEd]
  • GenEd: Humanities/Fine Arts
  • GenEd: History
  • GenEd: Natural Sciences

Sophomore Year

Fall 2

  • GenEd: ENGL 2201/2202
  • GenEd: Natural Sciences
  • PUBH 3130 Social Determinants & Health Disparities
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Spring 2

  • GenEd: COMM 2381 Oral Communication
  • PUBH 3120 Environmental and Climate Health
  • Public Health Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Junior Year

Fall 3

  • PUBH 3150 Health Data Analytics and Informatics
  • PUBH 3180 Public Health Principles & Practice I
  • PUBH 3710 Public Health Systems & Policy I
  • ANTH 4511 Medical Anthropology
  • COMM 4015 Health Literacy

Spring 3

  • PUBH 4151 Research & Analytic Methods
  • PUBH 4121 Env. Health: Practice & Application
  • PUBH 4131 Public Health & Social Justice
  • PUBH 4181 Public Health Principles & Practice II
  • PUBH 4711 Public Health Systems & Policy II

Senior Year

Fall 4

  • PUBH 4010 Public Health Fieldwork
  • HLSC 4200 Cultural Comp. in Health
  • Public Health Guided Elective
  • Public Health Guided Elective
  • General Elective

Spring 4

  • PUBH 4985 Capstone
  • Public Health Interdisciplinary Core Course
  • Public Health Interdisciplinary Core Course
  • Public Health Guided Elective
  • General Elective

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Rebecca Kronenberg, MPH
Coordinator, Undergraduate Advising and Student Engagement

Briana McNeil 
Coordinator, Recruitment and Admissions 
(901) 678-3740