Curriculum

A total of 81 (51 public health core, 12 cognate, and 18 emphasis area) course credits are required for the Public Health program. Course descriptions are below. To understand the sequencing of the curriculum please refer to the BSPH Curriculum Sequencing chart.

Required Cognates (12 credits)

  • BIOS 1120 - Principles of Biology - 3 credits
  • PSY 1000 - General Psychology - 3 credits
  • SOC 2000 - Principles of Sociology - 3 credits
  • SOC 2100 - Modern Social Problems - 3 credits - or - SOC 3200 - Introduction to Social Psychology - 3 credits

Required Courses (51 credits)

  • HSV 2650 - Information Literacy in the Health Sciences - 3 credits
  • HSV 3700 - The Health System and Its Environment - 3 credits
  • HSV 4780 - U.S. Policy in Health and Human Services - 3 credits
  • PH 2310 - Public Health Needs and Issues - 3 credits
  • PH 2320 - Global and Environmental Health Issues - 3 credits
  • PH 2340 - Introduction to Biostatistics in Public Health - 3 credits
  • PH 3310 - Planning Public Health Programs - 3 credits
  • PH 3320 - Applying Behavior Foundations in Public Health - 3 credits
  • PH 3340 - Epidemiology - 3 credits
  • PH 4310 - Implementing and Administering Public Health Programs - 3 credits
  • PH 4320 - Public Health Intervention Strategies - 3 credits
  • PH 4330 - Advocating for Health Policies - 3 credits
  • PH 4410 - Evaluating Public Health Programs - 3 credits
  • PH 4420 - Grant Writing in Public Health - 3 credits
  • PH 4910 - Public Health Capstone Proposal - 1 credit
  • PH 4920 - Public Health Capstone Project - 2 credits
  • PH 4930 - Public Health Seminar - 3 credits
  • PH 4940 - Public Health Internship - 3 credits

Emphasis (Minimum 18 credits)

Select one of the following:

  • An applicable minor:
    - Addiction Studies 
    - Communication 
    - Event Management 
    - Gerontology 
    - Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness 
    - Nonprofit Leadership
  • At least 18 hours of public health science based courses
  • At least 18 hours of public health education based courses

Course Descriptions

HSV 2650 - Information Literacy in the Health Sciences - 3 credits
Students will learn about a wide variety of information resources. They will learn how to determine what types of information resources are needed, how to locate information resources efficiently, and how to evaluate the appropriateness of different resources for specific health scenarios. They will learn the ethical and legal considerations surrounding use of information in the health services. They will also learn disciplinary conventions for appropriately formatting and communicating the results of their work.

HSV 3700 - The Health System and Its Environment - 3 credits
This course provides an overview of U.S. health service systems and methods of health delivery. The course covers the structure of the health care system as well as some of the factors that influence its operational delivery to its customers. We will explore some of its mechanisms and the effects of health care delivery in an extremely complex and massive system. This overview will familiarize the student with a delivery system that is in constant turmoil and change.

HSV 4780 - U.S. Policy in Health and Human Services - 3 credits
This course will allow the student to critically read, analyze, and understand current U.S. policy in health and human services and to understand how these policies affect specific people in the community. Students will write advocacy letters, explanations (at the appropriate level of understanding) and recommendations for potential revisions of current health policies.

PH 2310 - Public Health Needs and Issues - 3 credits
This course is designed to lay the foundation for public health and the settings in which it occurs. Professionalization of health education and the role delineation project in multiple settings will be identified. The Healthy People model will be the basis for identifying and prioritizing public health issues.

PH 2320 - Global and Environmental Health Issues - 3 credits
This course is designed to equip students with current issues related to global and environmental health. Public health emphasis will be placed on knowledge and skills needed to address contemporary and emerging issues in the global environment. Skills related to planning and managing environmental and global health education and promotion issues will be addressed.

PH 2340 - Introduction to Biostatistics in Public Health - 3 credits
This course will introduce concepts, theory and methods for describing, analyzing and interpreting statistical variation, characterizing measurement properties, and modeling relationships among variables. The emphasis is on the application of techniques used to organize, analyze, and interpret statistical data unique to health sciences.

PH 3310 - Planning Public Health Programs - 3 credits
This course deals with the analysis of principles of program planning in public health education and promotion. Planning models will be used to introduce principles and methods of assessment and data collection, goal and objective writing, and implementation strategy identification.

PH 3320 - Applying Behavior Foundations in Public Health - 3 credits
The focus of this course is exploring the psychosocial determinants of behavioral risk factors that affect health and developing strategies for applying theories, models, and frameworks of health-related behavior within public health settings.

PH 3340 - Epidemiology - 3 credits
Epidemiology is a combination of a subject matter science and a research methodology; this course focuses on the latter. Introduction to Epidemiology will describe the study designs and measures of effect used to study disease in human populations, and will introduce concepts of casual inference and threats to study validity. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to critically evaluate the public health and medical literature based on the major criteria used to assess causality.

PH 4310 - Implementing and Administering Public Health Programs - 3 credits
This course is designed to prepare students with skills necessary to implement and administer programs within the context of community and public health settings. Emphasis will be placed on intervention strategies, community building, marketing, and program administration.

PH 4320 - Public Health lntervention Strategies - 3 credits
Focus centers on health communication methods necessary to implement health education within public health programs and settings. Emphasis is placed on learning characteristics, educational material development, mass media interactions, message development, technology application, group facilitation, and effective presentations.

PH 4330 - Advocating for Health Policies - 3 credits
This course is designed to focus on health policies and its definition and development, legislative structures and processes, and how to advocate for health related policies at the national, state, and local levels. Focus will be placed on establishing an advocacy plan that is both media and legislative in nature.

PH 4410 - Evaluating Public Health Programs - 3 credits
Designed to develop assessment and evaluation skills in community and public health indicators. Focus will be on program evaluation models relevant for health education in the community. Measures of interest will include, process, impact and outcome. Design operations for measuring program effect, with the associated threats and external validity, are discussed, and several basic statistical techniques are reviewed and examined in terms of their applicability to program evaluation.

PH 4420 - Grant Writing in Public Health - 3 credits
Designed to prepare students with skills necessary to secure external grant funding through grant proposal writing. Emphasis is placed on grant sources and resources, the grant proposal process, grant management, and continued funding.

PH 4910 - Public Health Capstone Proposal - 1 credit
This course introduces project proposal formation, development, and writing, resulting in the identification of an experiential capstone project.

PH 4920 - Public Health Capstone Project - 2 credits
This course focuses on the implementation of the capstone proposal developed in PH 4910.

PH 4930 - Public Health Seminar - 3 credits
This course is designed to feature senior-level activities as a culmination of the skills and theory acquired in the public health curriculum as a mean for preparing the candidate for a fulfilled professional career. Topics include credentialing exam preparation, professional conference engagement, portfolio development, job search and acquisition skills, leadership development, field experience placement, ethics, and professionalism.

PH 4940 - Public Health Internship - 3 credits
Designed to prepare students with skills necessary to implement programs within the context of community and public health. Emphasis is placed on applying skills from the major responsibilities of a health education specialist, as defined by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.