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Public Health (BS)


Major Credits Required: 59 Credits

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program provides graduates with the knowledge and essential skills necessary to become active members of the public health workforce. The curriculum provides a strong base for anyone wishing to pursue a career in public health or move forward onto graduate school. Core courses require students to explore the history of public health professions, human physiology, human diseases and conditions, personal and community health, drugs and society, healthcare systems, culture and health, epidemiology, health policy, program planning and evaluation, research methods, and environmental health. Two semesters of public health practicum courses provide students with hands-on experiential learning opportunities in real-world settings, under the supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals from established off-campus public health organizations. The BSPH program prepares students for public health careers and to reinforce a desire for lifelong learning and humanitarian service to our local and global communities.

To complete the bachelor's degree, students must complete a minimum total of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.


Bachelor of Science in Public Health graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge from General Education courses and biological, physical, social and health sciences to synthesize skills in computing, speaking, writing and analysis, research, and critical thinking in daily tasks and activities related to public health practices.

  2. Apply acquired knowledge and communication skills to work effectively individually and in teams toward accomplishing goals in public health.

  3. Apply knowledge of public health issues and cultural competency and the impact of cultural values and ethnicity on understanding health and illness, wellness management, and the utilization of public health services to improve population health.

  4. Analyze current federal and state health legislation, regulations, and standards, and their effect on public health professional practice.

  5. Evaluate population-based data and patterns of morbidity and mortality using epidemiological methods.

  6. Analyze health-related theories that drive health-behavior change interventions and programs.

  7. Utilize scientific research methods to evaluate efficacy of health promotion, wellness management and disease prevention programs.