Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Health Promotion Concentration

(Pending  SACSCOC Approval)

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) is designed to accommodate undergraduate students who desire an entry-level public health career position, or undergraduate students who are seeking advanced-level public health degrees or an advanced degree in another health professions field. All undergraduate public health courses are offered in a face-to-face format. Coursework will include topics specific to the foundations of health education and health promotion, community and public health, health behavior theories, personal health, human disease, program planning and evaluation in health promotion, as well as an internship and a capstone in public health during the final semester of coursework. Students will have the option to take elective courses in specific topical areas related to public health and health promotion specializations. Students will have the required coursework to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination. Students may declare a Public Health major at any time if they have completed less than 60 hours of coursework. Following the completion of 60 hours, a Public Health major is required to maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. A student who has a GPA lower than the minimum 3.0 after 60 hours will be required to change their major.

Since public health encompasses such a wide variety of disciplines, there are many different career options available for those with a degree in public health. Public health careers can be found in local, state, and federal government; nonprofit organizations; businesses and corporations; hospitals; county health departments; universities; and with health foundations and health-based grant projects.

It is important to note that public health degrees do not qualify graduates to work as medical practitioners unless they have further or previous training and experience. For example, some individuals who are already registered nurses seek public health degrees because they have a personal interest or advanced career aspirations, in which case they can continue to work as nurses with extra credentials. Those who study public health usually do not treat patients, but serve a more widespread, behind-the-scenes, organizational role. Someone who has no medical background will be able to seek careers as consultants, advisers and trainers, and political health advocates. Most graduates work on community projects or state and city health advocacy groups, but some will work for national organizations. A person who has a public health degree may also be able to apply his or her skills in a career abroad. Poorer countries can benefit greatly from the knowledge that public health graduates have in the areas of disease prevention and nutrition (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). The bachelor's degree in public health is a standard employment requirement for work in a variety of health promotion settings, such as hospitals, public health departments, wellness centers, and human services agencies.

Health education specialists teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop strategies to improve the well-being of individuals and communities. Health education specialists typically do the following:

  • assess the health needs of the people and communities they serve;
  • develop programs, materials, and events to teach people about health topics;
  • teach people how to manage existing health conditions;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of programs and educational materials;
  • help people find health services or information;
  • provide training programs for community health workers or other health professionals;
  • supervise staff who implement health education programs;
  • collect and analyze data to learn about a particular community and improve programs and services; and
  • advocate for improved health resources and policies that promote health (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021).

 

120 MINIMUM HOURS

36 UPPER LEVEL HOURS

31 HOURS AT UMHB

Degree Requirements

Academic Core –40 hours

see Bachelor of Science in Public Health Academic Core.

 

Required Activity Courses: EXSS 3135 and EXSS 3107

Major Required Courses –36 hours

12 hours (6 upper level ) at UMHB

12 hours minimum upper level

BSPH 2335Foundations of Health Sciences

3

BSPH 2350Foundations of Health Education and Promotion

3

BSPH 2352Personal Health and Fitness

3

BSPH 3315Community and Public Health

3

BSPH 3320Program Planning in Health Education and Promotion

3

BSPH 4310Theories in Health Behavior

3

BSPH 4340Health Program Evaluation

3

BSPH 4360Pathophysiology of Chronic Disease

3

BSPH 4392Tests and Measurements in EXSS

3

BSPH 4344Leadership in Health Science

3

BSPH 4350Internship in Public Health

3

BSPH 4285Capstone in Public Health

2

BSPH 4191Seminar in Public Health

1

Grades of "C" or better required in all courses in the Public Health major.

Health Promotion Concentration

MATH 2303Statistics

3

SOCI 3325Human Diversity

3

BIOL 2340Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 2140Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

1

BIOL 2380Microbiology

3

BIOL 2180Microbiology Lab

1

SOCI 1311Introduction to Sociology

3

PSYC 2311Developmental Psychology

3

General Electives - to reach 120 hours

Recommended support courses:

EXSS 2355, EXSS 3310, EXSS 3354, EXSS 3376, EXSS 3378, EXSS 3395, EXSS 4395

Bachelor of Science in Public Health Courses of Study by Term

Freshman Fall

ENGL 1321Rhetoric & Composition I

3

CSBS 1311Engaging the Old Testament

3

BSPH 2335Foundations of Health Sciences

3

MATH 1306College Algebra

3

UMHB 1002Chapel

0

UMHB 1101Freshman Seminar

1

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience

0

Freshman Spring

ENGL 1322Rhetoric & Composition II

3

CSBS 1312Engaging the New Testament

3

Fine Arts

3

BIOL 2340Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 2140Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

1

SOCI 1311Introduction to Sociology

3

UMHB 1002Chapel

0

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience

0

Sophomore Fall

BSPH 2350Foundations of Health Education and Promotion

3

BIOL 2341Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

BIOL 2141Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

1

MATH 2303Statistics

3

PSYC 1301General Psychology

3

US History or US Government

3

UMHB 1002Chapel

0

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience

0

Sophomore Spring

ENGL Literature

3

COMM 1320Public Speaking

3

PSYC 2311Developmental Psychology

3

BIOL 2380Microbiology

3

BIOL 2180Microbiology Lab

1

BSPH 2352Personal Health and Fitness

3

UMHB 1002Chapel

0

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience

0

Junior Fall

World Cultures

3

SOCI 3325Human Diversity

3

BSPH 3315Community and Public Health

3

BSPH 3320Program Planning in Health Education and Promotion

3

Elective

3

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience

0

Junior Spring

BSPH 4310Theories in Health Behavior

3

BSPH 4340Health Program Evaluation

3

BSPH 4360Pathophysiology of Chronic Disease

3

EXSS 3107Advanced Cardiovascular Training

1

Elective

3

Elective

3

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience

0

Senior Fall

BSPH 4392Tests and Measurements in EXSS

3

BSPH 4344Leadership in Health Science

3

EXSS 3135Advanced Resistance Training

1

Elective

3

Elective

3

Recommended Elective

3

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience

0

Senior Spring

BSPH 4350Internship in Public Health

3

BSPH 4285Capstone in Public Health

2

BSPH 4191Seminar in Public Health

1

Elective

3

Recommended Elective

3

UMHB 1005Fine Arts Experience

0