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Public Health (B.S)

Reflecting an interdisciplinary approach, students take courses covering material from the various public health core disciplines (epidemiology; social behavior and community health; health policy; biological and environmental science; and statistics) supplemented by multiple options from related disciplines.  The public health major will include instruction in the following domains:

• the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts and functions across the globe and in society
• the basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice
• the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs &  concerns of populations
• the underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course
• the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
• the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment and evaluation
• the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the US health system as well as the differences in systems in other countries
• basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government
• basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the public health program, students will be able to:

1. describe the history of public health
2. explain the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services in the United State
3. describe the public health system and provide examples of the essential services of public health
4. describe the methodologies employed by public health practitioners
5. identify and describe the factors impacting health and disease of a population using a socioecological model
6. discuss the impact of culture and policy on health and disease
7. perform evidence informed decision making:
      a. identify appropriate sources of information and data
      b. collect information and data
      c. assess information and data for accuracy and relevance
      d. used information and data to inform decision making
8. utilize basic methods for measurement and quantification of disease to describe the extent of public health issues
9. communicate to a variety of audiences using written and oral communication techniques

Upon completion of the Social Behavior and Community Health Track students will be able to:
   • explain the interrelationship between individuals and communities
   • discuss how culture impacts health
   • develop behavior change interventions
   • outline strategies for changing health behaviors

Upon completion of the Policy and Law Track students will be able to:
   • describe how public health is influenced by policy and law
   • develop policy recommendations for health promotion
   • describe how health care data can be used to improve population health
   • describe how political & organizational structures, cultures, and norms influence health care delivery & health policy
   • recognize the broad scope of medical, complementary, and alternative care providers

Public Health Program Requirements : 65-69 credits


Complete all of the following:
PBH 201 Health and Society
PBH 305 Survey of Epidemiology
PBH 310 Overview of Global Health
PBH 405 Capstone
PBH 427 Internship in Public Health

Complete all of the following:
BIO 101/BIO 101L General Biology I
BIO 110 Environmental issues or BIO 130 Environmental Biology
HSC 206 Cultural Perspectives of Health and Wellness
MAT 201 Calculus 1
POL/PSC 314 Health Policy
PSY/PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY/PSYC 326 Health Psychology
SCL/SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Complete one of the following:
BUS 312 Ethics and Social Responsibility
HMN 420 Medical Ethics
PHI 235 Biomedical Ethics
PHL 206 Ethics
PHL 341 Values in Life & Work Applied Ethics

Complete one of the following:
MAT 220 Applied Statistics (preferred course)
ECO 215 Statistics for Decision Making
PSY 207 Statistics with Computer Applications

Complete one of the following:
SCL/SOC 350 Research for the professions
PSY 333 Research Methods and Design
PSY 353 Research Design in Psychology

Public Health Tracks : 15-18 credits
Complete one of the following tracks:

Social Behavior and Community Health Track
Complete all of the following:
HSC 215 Health/Wellness Across Lifespan
HSC 405 Community Health Education
PSY 208 Developmental Science or PSY/PSYC 202 Human Development
PSY 301 Social Psychology or PSYC 301 Social Psychology
SCL 208 Race and Ethnic Relations or SCL 213 Class, Power and Privilege or SOC 213 Power and Privilege

Policy and Law Track
Complete 5 courses from following:
ECO 125 Economics of Social Problems
HST 238 History of Medicine and Healthcare
LAW 301 Health Law
PSC 208 Community History and Politics
PSC/POL 218 Introduction to Public Policy Making
PSC/POL 229 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POL 420 Environmental Law and Policy
SCL 102 Social problems

Open or General Track
Courses are selected in consultation with student’s academic advisor and approved by the Public Health Program Director (15 credits minimum).

Degree Completion Notes

Literacies of Connection: General Education  Requirements
Total credits required for bachelor’s degree (minimum): 120 credits
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.00
Minimum major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.20