Public Health - 5-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

The School of Public Health offers a 5-year degree program including a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.

The 3+2 Bachelor of Science in Public Health/Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology degree program is more than a means to produce next-level Epidemiologists. It will deliver a graduate who can not only immediately impact the field of Epidemiology, but also deliver someone with a well-rounded understanding of the role that Epidemiology and Public Health play in medicine, nursing, allied health or other health professions.

The undergraduate component of the 3+2 program is based on a philosophy of health promotion and disease prevention, to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities.  The graduate MPH component is a non-thesis degree program with culminating experiences as part of the degree requirements. Students will participate in a practicum demonstrating overall public health problem solving skills and complete a rigorous capstone class.

The following is a suggested schedule that includes the required courses for the combined BS/MPH in Public Health-Epidemiology.  It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester.  Deviations from the the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Composition and Rhetoric  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Performing Literature.  
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences  
Business Calculus  
Calculus I for Biological Sciences  
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Explorations in Mathematics  
Finite Mathematics  
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Introduction to Logic  
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Composition and Rhetoric  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Performing Literature.  
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences  
Business Calculus  
Calculus I for Biological Sciences  
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Explorations in Mathematics  
Finite Mathematics  
Calculus I  
Calculus II  
Introduction to Logic  
Creative arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
POLS 206 American National Government 3
American history 3
Free electives 1 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Free electives 1 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
PHLT 302 Foundations of Public Health 3
PHLT 303 Social Context of Population Health 3
PHLT 304 Biological Basis of Public Health 3
PHLT 310 Public Health Writing 1
PHLT 313 Health Care and Public Health System 3
PHLT 314 Public Health Data Management and Assessment I 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHLT 305 Epidemiology in Public Health 3
PHLT 309 Population Health Promotion 3
PHLT 311 Narrative Approach to Public Health 1
PHLT 315 Public Health Data Management and Assessment II 2
PHLT 330 The Environment and Public Health 3
PHLT 412 Health Advocacy and Policy 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
PHEB 602 Biostatistics I 3
PHLT 411 Project Management in Public Health 3
PHLT 441 Strategies for Population Health Improvement 3
SOPH 601 Thinking in Populations: The Public Health Mindset 2 2
SOPH 602 Investigation and Control: Acute Public Health Events 2 3
SOPH 603 Assessment and Intervention: Wicked Problems in Public Health 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
PHEB 603 Biostatistics II 3
PHEB 605 Epidemiologic Methods I 3
PHEB 612 Data Management / Computing 3
PHLT 410 Public Health Communication 3
PHLT 445 Applications of Public Health 3
SOPH 604 Framing and Persuasion: Public Health in the Public Sphere 2 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer
PHEB 684 Practicum 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Fifth Year
Fall
PHEB 609 Categorical Data Analysis 3
PHEB 610 Epidemiologic Methods II 3
PHEB 615-627 3
PHLT 307 Public Health in the Global Context 3
Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHEB 615-627 3
PHLT 415 Emergency Management in Public Health 3
SOPH 680 Public Health Capstone 2 3
Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

The program includes a total of 165 hours which up to 15 hours may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Science in Public Health and the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.

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.  If is the responsibility of the student to ascertain whether there are any restrictions or prerequisites for courses in their degree plan.