Curriculum & Courses

The public health major prepares students to succeed in a public health environment (e.g. community health, health education, health/safety administration) and/or pursue advanced studies in public health, public policy, health administration, biostatistics and epidemiology.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in public health. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all public health courses. For one possible breakdown of the public health major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Courses for Major 18
      PHB 101. Introduction to Public Health
      PHB 102. Global Public Health
      PHB 201. Biostatistics in Public Health
      PHB 202. Marketing & Communication in Public Health
      PHB 301. Health Promotion Programming
      PHB 302. Diversity and Inclusion in Public Health
3
3
3
3
3
3
 Public Health Electives 6

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
 Health Science Courses 12
      HS 201. Research Methods in Health
      HS 301. Epidemiology
      HS 401. Seminar: Current Topics in Health Science
      HS 413. Internship
3
3
3
3
 Required Courses 10
      PSYC 101. An Introduction to Psychology
      BIO/BIOL 101. Fundamentals of Biology
      SOC 101. Introductory Sociology
3
3
3
   
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at any level 3
 General Education Requirements 37
The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 General Electives   34
 Total  120

 




Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Public Health

This is a suggested four-year plan of study for a public health major. Changes in sequencing may be desirable. All modifications should be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description for a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
SBU 101 2 ENG 102 3
ENG 101 3 SOC 101 3
PHB 101 3 PHB 102 3
BIO/BIOL 101 4 MATH 107 3
PHIL 104 3 SBU 102 1
    FS/THEO 101 3
Total 15 Total 16
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
PHB 201 3 HS 201 3
General Elective 3 PHB 202 3
Gen Ed Course (Lit. & VPA Distribution) 3 General Elective 3
PSYC 101 3 Gen Ed Course (Historical Studies) 3
General Elective
3 General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
HS 301 3 PHB 302 3
PHB 301 3 PHB Elective
3
Gen Ed (FS/Theology) 3 General Elective 3
Foreign Language 3 Diversity Course or General Elective 3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
HS 413 3 HS 401 3
PHB Elective #2 3 PHIL 338 (Gen. Ed. Philosophy Distribution) 3
General Electives 9 General Electives 8
Total 15 Total 14