Bachelor of Science: Interdisciplinary Studies (Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major in Public Health)

Description:

The undergraduate faculty-initiated interdisciplinary major in public health will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree. It is intended to convey technical information and analytic skills, but with a liberal arts philosophical base. Therefore, it has the educational objectives of nurturing critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of information, and recognizing the historical and societal associations of current trends in public health and health care delivery, including an introduction to disease control and health promotion interventions, and determinants of health from a global perspective.

Who should major in public health?

The major is an ideal option for students interested in learning about multidisciplinary approaches to preventing disease and promoting health on a population-level. Due to its liberal arts approach, the major is intended to provide students with a useful foundation for pursuing an advanced degree in a variety of fields.

How do I declare a major in public health?

There are a limited number of slots in the major; therefore a supplemental application is required. Click here for the application. University policy indicates that students declare their major after successfully earning 24 graduation credits. Please contact Lue V. Ellis, the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, early in the process when considering the public health major.

Curriculum for Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major in Public Health (39 credits)

Pre-Core Requirements (9 credits)

a) A Bio 120 General Biology I (3 credits): First course in a two semester sequence which offers a comprehensive survey of the structures and functions common to all living systems at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. This course emphasizes evolutionary principles, ecology, and behavior. Three class periods per week.

b) A Mat 108 Ele mentary Statistics (3 credits): Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and sampling, estimation, testing of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation. Note: Students must receive a “B” or higher grade in this course to be considered for the public health major.

c) A Phi 115 Moral Choices (3 credits): Critical examination of contemporary moral problems in the light of the most influential moral theories. The problems discussed vary with se mesters, but they typically include such topics as abortion, affirmative action, animals and the environ ment, capital punish ment, euthanasia, free speech and censorship, liberty and paternalism, sex and love, terrorism, and world hunger.

Public Health Major Core Requirements (21 credits)

Note: It is strongly suggested that students complete the above course requirements prior to enrolling in the public health major core courses.

These courses provide students with a solid introduction to the core components of public health, which include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences, culminating in a 400-level course in which students work on a project tying all of the principles together.

Course # (Credits)

Course Title
 

HSph 201 (3)

Introduction to Public Health

HSph/Epi 231 (3)

Concepts in Epidemiology

HSph/Eht 321 (3)

Global Environmental Issues and their Effect on Human Health

HSph/Epi 332 (3)

Introduction to Biostatistics: Collection, Analysis & Interpretation of Public Health Data

HSph/Hpm 341 (3)

Promoting Healthy People and Communities

HSph/Hpm 342 (3)

How U.S. Health Care Works: Myths and Realities

HSph/Epi 460Z (3)

Evidence-Based Public Health 

Electives Within the Major (9 credits)

Students must complete at least 9 credits (three courses) of elective coursework, approved by the advisor. Suggested courses are included below. Of these 9 credits, 6 credits must be at the 300-level or above.

Suggested electives are grouped into areas of emphasis that correspond to the disciplinary boundaries within public health. Because the undergraduate major is designed to give students broad interdisciplinary exposure to public health, students are advised to choose one elective from each of three areas of emphasis. In rare circumstances, and with the approval of their advisor, a student who wishes to focus on a single discipline in greater depth can choose all of their electives from a single area of emphasis.

Areas of Emphasis

Note: Students may select other courses with approval from their advisor. All elective courses in departments outside of the School of Public Health, including those listed below, will be available to public health majors on a space-available basis.


Policy and Management Emphasis

HSph 202 (3)

From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges and Achievements in Public Health

HSph 310 (3)

Key Health Policy Issues of the U.S.: A Comparative Approach^ (Pre-req: AEco 110 or permission of instructor)

HSph 381/AEco 381 (3)

Economics of Health Care^ (Pre-req: AEco 300 or permission of instructor)

ACom 465 (3)

Communication in Health Care Organizations

HSph 490 (3)

Public Health Field Placement (Policy/Management focus)

HHpm 500 (3)

Health Care Organization, Delivery and Finance(Need approval of major depart ment chair and course instructor to enroll)

HHpm 550 (3)

Financial Management of Healthcare Institutions (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

^Course may not be offered every year

Social Behavior and Community Health Emphasis

H Sph 202 (3)

From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges and Achievements in Public Health

A Psy 329 (3)

Health Psychology (Pre-req: APsy 101)

A Com 340 (3)

Health Communication

A Com 465 (3)

Health Communication: Doctor-Patient Interaction

H Sph 343 (3)

Mass Media and Health Behavior^

H Sph 490 (3)

Public Health Field Placement (Social Behavior focus)

H Hpm 525 (3)

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

H Hpm 521 (3)

Introduction to Family and Community Health (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

H Hpm 531 (3)

Childhood Obesity from a Public Health Perspective^ (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

^Course may not be offered every year

Epidemiology Emphasis

A Ant 119 (3)

The City and Human Health

H Sph 202 (3)

From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges and Achievements in Public Health

A Ant 418 (3)

Culture, Environment and Health (Pre-req: Consent of instructor)

H Sph 490 (3)

Public Health Field Placement (Epidemiology focus)

H Epi 501 (3)

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

H Epi 502 (3)

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology II (Pre-req: Epi 501, Sta 552 or their equivalents) (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

H Epi 503 (3)

Principles of Public Health (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

H Epi 514 (3)

Computer Programming for Data Manage ment and Analysis in Public Health (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

Biomedical and Environmental Health Sciences Emphasis

A Ant 119 (3)

The City and Human Health

A Ant 418 (3)

Culture, Environment and Health (Pre-req: Consent of instructor)

A Chm 425 (2)

Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Chemistry (Pre-req: Junior or senior class standing and permission of instructor; Corequisite or pre-req: A Chm 424)

H Sph 490 (3)

Public Health Field Placement (Biomedical and/or Environmental Health Sciences focus)

H Bms 505 (3)

Biological Basis of Public Health (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

H Bms 522/622 (3)

Cancer Biology (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)

H Eht 590 (3)

Introduction to Environ mental Health Sciences (Need approval of major department chair and course instructor to enroll)