Public Health Major

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The goal of the 39-credit Public Health Major is to prepare health practitioners in the public health disciplines of wellness, health promotion, and holistic disease prevention as well as in community health services through cooperative, multi-disciplinary experiences.  Coursework focuses on examining the social, behavioral, and environmental determinants associated with pressing health problems to plan, implement, and evaluate appropriate health promotion programs and preventive services to improve population health.

Requirements for the Public Health Major

Major Required Courses(24-27 credits)
HC-201Introduction to Public Health3
HC-202Introduction to Global Health (DAC)3
HC-203Introduction to Epidemiology (GP, NSP, QAC, ICW)3
HC-228Health Ethics3
or PH-131 Medical Ethics
HE-390Environmental Health3
HC-415Commnity Health Planning and Promotion3
HC-425Research Seminar (CAP/WAC)3
HC-450Practicum: Community Health (CAP/WAC)3-6
Electives(31-39 credits)
Majors Electives
Select one or two courses from the following:3-6
Health and Nutrition
Health Policy
Multiculturalism and Health
Group Process
Community Health Education (GP, ICW, DAC)
Department Workshop:Community Health
Independent Study in Health
Interdisciplinary Electives
See Health Sciences Department for list of approved courses.9-13
Required Ancillary Courses
BI-161Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI-162Human Anatomy and Physiology II (NSP Lab)4
BI-206Medical Microbiology (NSP Lab)3-4
or BI-207 Public Health Microbiology
CH-112Survey of Chemistry4
PS-275Psychological Statistics (QR/QAC or MA/QR)4
or MA-150 Statistics I
or SO-275 Social and Behavioral Statistics
Total Credits55-66

Department of Health Sciences: Public Health Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar (FYS)3
EN-101 College Writing I (WR) 3
MA 1XX Any Math Course (MA/QR)3
HC-201 Introduction to Public Health 3
LASC Distribution Elective (ICW)3
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II (WR) 3
PS-101 General Psychology (HBS) 3
HC-202 Introduction to Global Health (DAC) 3
CH-112 Survey of Chemistry (NSP #1) 4
BI-161 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Year Two
Semester Three
LASC Distribution Elective (CON)3
HC-203 Introduction to Epidemiology (GS, NSP, QAC, ICW) 3
BI-162 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (NSP #2) 4
LASC Distribution Elective (CA)3
Medical Microbiology (NSP/Lab)
or Public Health Microbiology
Semester Four
LASC Distribution Elective (GP)3
Health Ethics
or Medical Ethics
Elective Major/Interdisciplinary Elective #1 3
Elective Major/Interdisciplinary Elective #23
Psychological Statistics (QR #2/QAC)
or Statistics I
Year Three
Semester Five
LASC Distribution Elective (TLC)3
Elective Major/Interdisciplinary Elective #23
Elective Distribution Elective #33
HE-390 Environmental Health 3
Semester Six
LASC Distribution Elective (USW)3
HC-425 Research Seminar 3
Elective Major/Interdisciplinary Elective #43
Elective Distribution Elective3
Elective Distribution Elective3
Year Four
Semester Seven
HC-415 Commnity Health Planning and Promotion 3
Elective Distribution Elective3
Elective Distribution Elective3
Elective Distribution Elective3
Elective Major/Interdisciplinary Elective #53
Semester Eight
HC-450 Practicum: Community Health 3
Elective Distribution Elective3
Elective Distribution Elective3
Elective Free Elective3
 Total Credits119

Note: LASC Distribution Electives, do not have to follow this order.

Please see LASC section of this catalog for information on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) and for policies governing the use of major courses toward LASC requirements.


Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

HC-201 Introduction to Public Health

This course is an overview and will focus on populations, prevention, and the evidence-based practice of public health.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-202 Introduction to Global Health

LASC Categories: GP, DAC, ICW

This course is an overview and will focus on the developing world from a population and prevention perspective.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-203 Introduction to Epidemiology

LASC Categories: ICW, NSP, QAC, GP

Prerequisites: any Math course and HC-201.

Basic epidemiologic concepts are covered and application of concepts to everyday problems; e.g., hazards in food supplies and risks associated with lifestyle.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-220 Health Policy

Prerequisites: HE-100

Examination of the process and factors that influence formulation, implementation and modification of health policy in the United States.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-228 Health Ethics

Prerequisites: HE-100 or HC-201

Ethical issues in health including genetic research, euthanasia, medical intervention and reproductive technologies as well as professional ethics.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-234 Multiculturalism and Health

Examination of diverse ethnic/racial and cultural beliefs beliefs and practices affecting health and illness

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

HC-338 Peer Education Training

Prerequisites: HE-100

Emphasis on student development of practical skills to implement programming centered on peer education programs and focused on preventative health.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

HC-340 Global Perspective in Public Health

LASC Categories: GP, ICW

Seminar course for students accepted into a global service learning trip during the academic year. It is designed to prepare students through curriculum-based learning, the components of service learning; ethical partnering with vulnerable communities, and the cultural/historical/political and economic factors that impact health and healthcare policies within the population where immersion takes places. There will be self-reflection and integration of learning through journal writing, critical thinking and exercises formal preparation for service in the host country and final paper at the end of the semester.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

HC-350 Group Process

Prerequisites: HE-100

A didactic and experiential examination of various theories of group dynamics and their application to the facilitation of health-related groups. Research paper.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-403 Department Workshop:Community Health

The subject matter of this course will be reflective of the changing issues within the field of community health.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

HC-408 Directed Study: Public Health

Directed study offers students who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits

HC-415 Commnity Health Planning and Promotion

Prerequisites: 4 courses in the major at 200 level or above.

Emphasis on community analysis; defining and verifying community health problems and establishing goals and objectives. Research paper.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-425 Research Seminar

LASC Categories: CAP, WAC

Prerequisites: HC-228 or PH-131, HC 203 and one of the following MA-150, PS-275 or SO-275.

Students will be required to produce a proposal for a research study based on a community public health issue.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-445 Pre-Practicum Seminar

Prerequisites or Corequisite: HC-415

Discussion of career opportunities in the health education/public health field, professional development, and graduate coursework in the health sciences field. This optional class should be taken the semester before registering for the practicum.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

HC-450 Practicum: Community Health

LASC Categories: CAP, WAC

Prerequisites: 24 credits in HE/HC courses and EN-102

Field experience in which students will select a community health speciality area and spend a semester pursuing their goal through participation. See HE 440 Practicum in Health.

Every year. 3-6 Credits