Apr 16, 2024  
2021-2023 University Catalog 
2021-2023 University Catalog

Public Health Science, BS (CIP 51.2201)

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The mission of Public Health Science is to prepare students for a job market and graduate/professional schools in which they can pursue careers in public health.  The education will allow them to cultivate an atmosphere of wellness, while disseminating knowledge of healthy lifestyles. The engagement of the students with campus, individuals, communities, and general population will infuse and instill the concept of lifelong learning and advancement of healthcare, while improving the quality of life of the general population.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  1. Students will successfully use problem-solving skills to address complex public health problems in the community, city, state, and globally.
  2. Students will effectively communicate public health ideas to a target population in written and verbal format using a variety of media types and communication platforms.
  3. Students will demonstrate expertise in the five areas of public health: social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health services management and policy.
  4. Students will exhibit the ability to plan, implement and evaluate small-scale public health intervention techniques to utilize talent management and resources in development of programs.
  5. Students will be able to conduct a community needs assessment to determine which social behavior models and theories are effective in addressing goals and objectives to eradicate health problems.
  6. Students will be able to act as a resource person in public health in structuring database management and health literacy.


The following outline of courses details requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science. Meeting graduation requirements is the responsibility of the student. 

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study includes Major Requirements (Core Requirements, Supporting Courses, and Electives) and the University General Education Program Requirements. 

Degree Totals

Major Requirements 70  
University GEP 53  

Total Degree Hours: 123

General Education Program Requirements 42 Credit Hours

University GEP Core Requirements: Minimum of forty-two (42) hours is required. Students who enter as a first-time freshman must take an entrance assessment.  A minimum grade of “C” is required in English (ENGL 131, ENGL 132, COMM 201) and Mathematics (MATH 131).  Students that have course requirements waived must satisfy the MINIMUM required hours of 120 in order to graduate.



First and Second-Year Experience - 4 credits

Freshmen are required to complete the First Year and Second Year Experience classes.

Communication Skills - 9 Credits

Written and Oral Communication Definition:

Written and Oral Communications is the ability to impart and interchange information of ideas within a meaningful context using various rhetorical modes such as descriptive, informative, analytical and argumentative writing.

All students are required to take ENGL 131, ENGL 132, COMM 201. Some students will be required to take ENGL 150 and LIS 150.

Spiritual Development - 3 credits

Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Spiritual development is the ability to understand diverse religions and to develop positive spiritual growth.

Health and Wellness - 4 credits

Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote physical, mental, emotional, social well-being.

STEM - 7 credits

Science - 4 credits

Student must take one science course with lab (3 credit + 1 credit) = 4 credits required.

Note that STEM majors will take BIOL 133 + Lab and CHEM 141 + Lab.

Mathematics - 3 credits

Students are required to take three credit hours of mathematics (MATH 131 or higher). Note 1: STEM majors are required to take MATH 135 and MATH 231. Note 2: Accounting and Business majors are required to take MATH 135 and either MATH 224 or MATH 231. All other majors can satisfy mathematics requirements by taking  MATH 131 and MATH 132 or MATH 174.  

Social Science - 3 credits

History - 3 credits

Fine Arts - 3 credits

Any 100/200 level course from the following subjects:

  • ART
  • FIM
  • MUS or 
  • THE

Behavioral Science - 3 credits

Any 100/200 level PSYCH, SOC or CJ course 

World Languages - 3 credits

FL _ 131 or higher (3)

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