Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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About this Program

Public health is an exciting field dedicated to protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, eliminating health disparities, and responding to environmental threats.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health offers two unique emphasis to choose from:

  • Health Science. Graduates from the Health Science emphasis work in a range of careers in hospitals, clinics, sports facilities, and other healthcare settings.  can also leverage their knowledge as the foundation for advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, respiratory therapy, nursing, and public health. 
  • Community Health. Graduates from the Community Health emphasis work in a range of careers in public, private, or nonprofit sectors, educating communities or connecting individuals to crucial services as a patient advocate or health educator.

Public Health majors get hands-on experience designing health programs to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities across the country.

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Major

    Minor

    Area of Study

    Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology

    Duration

    4 years

    Degree

    B.S. in Public Health and Health Sciences

    Program Location

    Oxford

    Emphases

    Community Health;
    Health Science

    Required Credit Hours

    120

    Public Health Coursework

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science of Public Health, can choose between a Community Health or a Health Science emphasis. Find the course requirements for the B.S. and related emphases below. For more information, see the course catalog.

    The BS in Public Health requires 33 major credit hours hours. The following courses are required of all public health majors:

    In addition to the 33-hour Public Health core curriculum, public health majors who select the community health emphasis must complete the following 43-44 hours of coursework:

    • PH 312: Behavioral Aspects of Weight Management
    • PH 440: Behavioral Aspects of Exercise
    • PH 595: Human Health and Illness
    • NHM 311: Nutrition
    • MGMT 352: Health Innovation and Information
    • PH 391: Special Topics in Public Health
    • ES 396: Allied Health Terminology
    22-23 hours of elective courses

    In addition to the 33 hours of P.H. core curriculum, public health majors who select the health science emphasis must complete the following 43-44 hours of coursework:

    • Bisc 162/163: Biological Sciences II w/Lab (4 hours)
    • Bisc 206/207: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II OR Bisc 310 Human Anatomy/Bisc 330 Introductory Physiology (8 hours)
    • Chem 106/116: General Chemistry II w/Lab (4 hours)
    • PHYS 213/223: General Physics I w/Lab (4 hours)
    • PHYS 214/224: General Physics II w/Lab (4 hours)
    • PSY 301: Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSY 311: Psychopathology (3 hours)
    • ES 396: Allied Health Terminology (3 hours)
    10-11 hours of elective courses

    Offering a joint B.S. plus MPH degree (4+1) provides public health majors the opportunity to progress through a bachelor’s and master’s degree more quickly and at less cost than if they were to pursue these degrees separately.

    Requirements:

    • Public Health Major
    • 3.0 minimum GPA
    • 90 completed undergraduate credit hours

    Learn More About the 4+1

    Undergraduate students who want to minor in public health must complete 18 hours of public health courses.

    Required Courses:
    • PH 195: Foundations of Public Health
    • PH 305: Program Planning and Evaluation
    • PH 352: Basic Epidemiology
    Choose At Least 3 Additional Courses:
    • PH 300: Environmental Health
    • PH 312: Behavioral Aspects of Weight Management
    • PH 319: Global Health
    • ES 350: Research Methods in HESRM
    • PH 391: Special Topics in Health (can be taken twice for credit)
    • PH 440: Behavioral Aspects of Exercise
    • PH 528: Public Health Policy
    • PH 555: Health Equity
    • IMC/JOUR 585: Health Communication
    • PH 595: Human Health and Illness

    Interested in pursuing a minor in Public Health? Make sure to talk to your academic advisor. 

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    What can you do with a public health degree?

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    • Program Evaluator
    • Health Administrator
    • Wellness Coordinator
    • Prevention Specialist
    • Program Manager
    • Surgeon General
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