Bachelor of Arts in Public Health

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Public Health Major Requirements

Public Health Major Requirements

Major Requirements Overview (Effective Fall 2017)

In addition to the 60 hours of prerequisite course work, students who are admitted to the major will complete 60 hours of major course work outlined below. In addition to 35-38 hours of specified Public Health courses, students will complete 12-15 hours of course work selected from a list of pre-approved courses from a variety of departments across campus (e.g., African American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Education, Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies) as well as 10 hours of electives (4 of these hours must be approved by an advisor as relevant to the student's plan of study). Students are therefore able to customize the program to meet a wide variety of educational and career goals.

This website contains a list of required major course work. However, for more specific information about the program, please review our student handbook below:

BA in PH Student Handbook 2017-2018

Public Health Major Course Requirements (Effective Fall 2017)

Required Core Courses

Course Description

Hours

Fall Semester of Junior Year

PUBH 300: Critical Thinking in Public Health

Designed to prepare students to make reasoned, intelligent decisions about public health matters by learning about and practicing how to think, read, write, and speak critically. Part one of a two course sequence.

4

PUBH 330: Health Equity and Health Disparities

How and why national and local health disparities in the US occur and for what racial and ethnic groups they are most severe.

3

PUBH 350: Health Systems, Health Policy

Examines popular perceptions and the reality of how the U.S. Health System is created and evolves.

3

PUBH 395: Professional Topics Seminar (Note: Two semesters of enrollment required)

Provides opportunities to communicate skills, tools, and content relevant to students' development outside of the regular curriculum. Topics may change depending on student needs, interests, and current events.

0

Spring Semester of Junior Year

PUBH 301: Critical Thinking in Public Health II

 

Designed to prepare students to make reasoned, intelligent decisions about public health matters by learning about and practicing how to think, read, write, and speak critically. Part two of a two course sequence.

2

PUBH 320: Ecologies of Health and Modern Life

Human activity has had an impact on the health of people, animals and environments throughout history. This course uses cross-disciplinary frameworks to examine critical issues in public health that can be traced to the impact of modern life.

3

PUBH 340: Health Literacy

Trains students to access, analyze, craft, communicate, and use health information in ways that are easily understood and serve to improve public health.

3

PUBH 360: Local Citizenship and Community Health Initiatives

Explore the concept of community health, identify strategies for developing and implementing community health initiatives, and appreciate community building as an overarching approach for health improvement.

4

PUBH 395: Professional Topics Seminar (Note: Two semesters of enrollment required)

Provides opportunities to communicate skills, tools, and content relevant to students' development outside of the regular curriculum. Topics may change depending on student needs, interests, and current events.

0

Summer Semester of Junior Year (or anytime thereafter)

PUBH 393: Public Health Fieldwork (required for those in the professional track, optional for students in the academic track)***

Public Health Fieldwork is an integrative practicum experience for students who are undergraduate public health majors.

3

Fall Semester of Senior Year

PUBH 370: Using the Public Health Toolbox

Opportunities to synthesize and apply knowledge/skills from the preceding core courses and will work individually and in groups. Course is linked with the baccalaureate project to be implemented in the last semester of the program.

3

PUBH 410: Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges I

Part one of a two course sequence, historical and contemporary case studies of social movement(s) will be examined to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of social justice, science/medicine, culture, politics, geography and the public's health.

2

Spring Semester of Senior Year

PUBH 310: Public Health and Global Citizenship

Encourages a critical examination of the political, religious, social and economic influences on the continuum of local/global health and the role citizenship plays in advocating for the equitable distribution of health across the planet.

3

PUBH 397: Baccalaureate Project in Public Health

Implementation and presentation of an integrative project designed to demonstrate students' mastery of the over-arching curriculum goals for the undergraduate major in public health; demonstration of critical thinking and analytic skills.

3

PUBH 411: Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges II

Part two of a two course sequence, historical and contemporary case studies of social movement(s) will be examined to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of social justice, science/medicine, culture, politics, geography and the public's health.

2

Additional Requirements: Selective and Elective Courses

Hours

Selectives from list of courses representing an array of disciplines (African American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Education, Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies and 400-level public health courses, with the exception of MPH core, with permission of instructor). Fieldwork is a requirement for students in the professional track but may be taken as a selective for those in the academic track.

12 or 15

Electives: Preapproved by advisor as relevant to the student's plan of study

4

Free Electives

6

Total Hours - BA in Public Health (Pre-Public Health + Public Health Major Requirements)

120

***Students in the professional track are required to take Public Health Fieldwork. Students in the academic track may choose to take the fieldwork course or replace it with another 3-hour selective.

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