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Public Health

Program Information

Public Health is a dynamic, challenging, and ever changing profession!

Undergraduate students in the department pursue a BS in Public Health. Graduates conduct health education and health promotion activities in non-classroom settings.

 Possible employment settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Public Health Departments (State and City/County)
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Health Centers (University and Community)
  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Corporate Health Centers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Web-based Health Information Companies

 Prerequisites include:

  • Public Health 101: Foundations of Human Health, completed
  • University core English composition course(s)
  • Allied Health 241 or equivalent anatomy/physiology course

Two courses required during the program are PH 334 and 434, which require a certain level of psychomotor and verbal skills of the student. If questions arise concerning an individual student's ability in these areas, an assessment will be made prior to the end of the first week of the semester to determine whether the individual student possesses the necessary skills to remain in the course. The first aid coordinator in the Department of Public Health and Recreation Professions will make the final decision.

Public Health

A student in public health must have a 2.75 grade point average in the major before clearance to do an internship. A grade of C or better is required for all major courses in the undergraduate Public Health program.

Category Hours

University Core Curriculum Requirements
PH 101 Must be Included in University Core Curriculum

41 hrs

Requirements for Major in Public Health
PH 300, 312, 325, 326, 330, 334, 355, 407, 410, 413s, 414, 488, 490A,B, 491, 493

54 hrs

Additional Courses to meet Certification Requirements
Allied Health 241 or appropriate anatomy and/or physiology course

3-4 hrs
Public Health or other Electives 21-22 hrs
Total 120 hrs