Public Health - BS

Public Health professionals with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) are prepared to:

  • assess factors influencing health in individuals, communities and populations
  • plan effective programs and interventions
  • design evaluations for those interventions
  • successfully manage the implementation of those programs

The BSPH program is based on a philosophy of health promotion and disease prevention, to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities. The BSPH discipline focuses on four areas:

  1. the multiple determinants of health, including biological, environmental, sociocultural, health service, and economic factors,
  2. identification of scientific data, tools of informatics, and other information for identifying indicators of health status and health disparities and assessing the well-being of a community,
  3. addressing major local, national, and global health challenges, and
  4. designing public health approaches and interventions that improve health outcomes, population health and well-being.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program is more than a means to produce ready 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. Notably the program establishes a specific entry-level baccalaureate degree in the Public Health academic pathway which, until recently, had started with a master’s degree.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
Communication 3
Mathematics 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
Communication 3
Mathematics 3
Creative arts 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Second Year
Fall
POLS 206American National Government 3
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
American history 3
Free Electives 16
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
American history 3
Free Electives 16
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
PHLT 302Foundations of Public Health 3
PHLT 303Social Context of Population Health 3
PHLT 304Biological Basis of Public Health 3
PHLT 310Public Health Writing 1
PHLT 313Health Care and Public Health System 3
PHLT 314Public Health Data Management and Assessment I 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHLT 305Epidemiology in Public Health 3
PHLT 309Population Health Promotion 3
PHLT 311Narrative Approach to Public Health 1
PHLT 330The Environment and Public Health 3
PHLT 412Health Advocacy and Policy 3
PHLT 315Public Health Data Management and Assessment II 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
PHLT 410Public Health Communication 3
PHLT 411Project Management in Public Health 3
PHLT 441Strategies for Population Health Improvement 3
BSPH Directed Electives 2
Select nine hours from the following: 9
Pathogens, the Environment and Society  
U.S. Environmental Regulations  
Bioenvironmental Microbiology  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry Laboratory I  
Organic Chemistry I  
Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Organic Chemistry II  
Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Global Public Health Entomology  
Medical Entomology  
The Science of Forensic Entomology  
Applied Forensic Entomology  
Comprehensive Genetics  
Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory  
Biomedical Genetics  
Accident Investigation  
Fire Safety and Workplace Hazards  
Hazardous Materials  
Public Health Leadership and Ethics  
Directed Studies  
Special Topics In...  
College Physics  
College Physics  
Health Systems Planning  
Environmental Health Planning and Policy  
Developmental Neurotoxicology  
Core Ideas in Neuroscience  
Introduction to Epidemiology  
Computer Applications in Public Health Research  
Public Health Practices  
Clinical Microbiology  
Introduction to Immunology  
Biomedical Virology  
Biomedical Parasitology  
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
PHLT 307Public Health in the Global Context 3
PHLT 415Emergency Management in Public Health 3
PHLT 445Applications of Public Health 3
BSPH Directed Electives 2
Select six hours from the following: 6
Pathogens, the Environment and Society  
U.S. Environmental Regulations  
Bioenvironmental Microbiology  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry Laboratory I  
Organic Chemistry I  
Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Organic Chemistry II  
Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Global Public Health Entomology  
Medical Entomology  
The Science of Forensic Entomology  
Applied Forensic Entomology  
Comprehensive Genetics  
Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory  
Biomedical Genetics  
Accident Investigation  
Fire Safety and Workplace Hazards  
Hazardous Materials  
Public Health Leadership and Ethics  
Directed Studies  
Special Topics In...  
College Physics  
College Physics  
Health Systems Planning  
Environmental Health Planning and Policy  
Developmental Neurotoxicology  
Core Ideas in Neuroscience  
Introduction to Epidemiology  
Computer Applications in Public Health Research  
Public Health Practices  
Clinical Microbiology  
Introduction to Immunology  
Biomedical Virology  
Biomedical Parasitology  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Chosen in consultation with BSPH academic advisor.

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BSPH Directed Electives: courses that constitute the major are those offered by the School of Public Health and those approved for public health studies electives.  Additional courses may be available.  Students must check with their academic advisor.

Approval of degree plan does not guarantee access to courses. Students must satisfy prerequisites, and some course (writing intensive classes included) are available to majors only. It is the responsibility of the student to ascertain whether there are any restrictions or prerequisites for courses in their degree plan.