May 30, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, B.S.

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Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of health lifestyles and research for injury and disease prevention. Public health work involves analyzing the effect of genetics, personal choice and the environment on health in order to develop programs that protect the health of families and communities. Many health challenges face our local and global communities, in the areas of emerging infectious disease, obesity and sedentary lifestyle, aging, health care policy and costs, environmental health, health promotion and education, etc. The Department of Health Sciences offers a major in public health to increase interest among students in pursuing careers in public health as well as preparing them effectively for graduate education in health care professions as well as in other fields with public health implications (law, business, international affairs, etc.). The public health field is currently experiencing a workforce shortage at local, state and federal levels. 

Major Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health is awarded to students who complete four years of academic study on campus (minimum of 126 school credits; minimum of 86 major credits). Courses required in this major include: 





Choose any one of the following:

3 Public Health Electives

Students will choose from a list of public health selective courses from across the College chosen for their relevance to interdisciplinary aspects of public health. This course list includes: 


Students choosing any of the majors in the department who are interested in professional programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, physician assistant, etc, should be consulting with their advisor to be sure that they are meeting all necessary prerequisites. Students choosing this concentration who are interested in professional programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc. may be required to take CHM 2220 , CHM 2220L and 2 semesters of physics with lab in their program to fulfill graduate program pre-requisites.

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