Public Health Major, Community Health Education Concentration (B.S.) (Combined B.S./M.P.H. Health Systems Administration and Policy Concentration)

When people think about careers in health, many think about medical careers (such as doctor or nurse) that involve treating individuals who have illnesses or injuries. Public health practitioners address the health of whole populations and focus on injury and disease prevention, as well as the promotion of optimal health, rather than on treatment.  The B.S. in Public Health with concentration in Community Health Education offers an integrated approach to public health that addresses local, national, and global health issues with an emphasis on social justice.  It provides future community health educators with the skills and knowledge they will need to develop, implement and evaluate programs that target issues as diverse as cancer, obesity, sexuality, aging, violence, maternal and child health, substance abuse, adolescent health, mental health and many more.  Students will also understand how to create programs and promote policies that eliminate disparities in health outcomes among different populations so that everyone has an equal opportunity to be healthy.  Graduates of the program will work in a variety of settings (government agencies, community clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, corporations) and focus on a variety of age groups, populations and health issues.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements33
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements66
Graduate Swing Courses12
Free Electives6-0
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this dual degree program can be found here.
Public Health Core
HLTH 102Introduction to Public Health3
HLTH 202Public Health Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency3
HLTH 204Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health3
HLTH 240Foundations of Environmental Health3
HLTH 360Health Policy and Administration3
HLTH 365Science of Public Health: Epidemiology3
HLTH 425Applied Statistics for Public Health3
Community Health Education Concentration
HLTH 328Program Planning and Evaluation3
HLTH 330Health Education Methods3
HLTH 355Addressing Health Disparities Through Social Justice3
HLTH 374Health Communication3
HLTH 444Community Organizing and Health Advocacy3
Public Health Required Fieldwork
HLTH 497Introduction to Internship and Professionalism3
HLTH 498Internship and Culminating Seminar6
Public Health Biology Requirement
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
Select three courses from the list below.9
Public Health Required Collaterals
STAT 109Statistics3
NUFD 182Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective3
Total Credits66


Community and Health
Special Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Medical Terminology
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Special Topics in Health
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Advanced Methods in Health Education
Population Approaches to Diet and Activity
Health Aspects of Aging
Race, Racism, and Health
Gender, Sexuality, and Health Disparities
Sociology of Health and Illness

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

HLTH 501Public Health Seminar: Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency3
HLTH 504Behavioral and Social Science in Health3
HLTH 555Structures of Inequality in Public Health3
HLTH 581Health Systems Administration and Management3
Total Credits12

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Statistics (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Human Sexuality (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Introduction to Public Health (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits33

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9
This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.
Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
HLTH 102 Introduction to Public Health 3
STAT 109 Statistics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
HLTH 202 Public Health Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency 3
HLTH 204 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Language 1 3
HLTH 208 Study of Human Diseases 3
HLTH 365 Science of Public Health: Epidemiology 3
World Cultures 3
World Language 2 3
HLTH 240 Foundations of Environmental Health 3
HLTH 328 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HLTH 360 Health Policy and Administration 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
HLTH 290 Human Sexuality 3
HLTH 355 Addressing Health Disparities Through Social Justice 3
Concentration Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
HLTH 330 Health Education Methods 3
HLTH 374 Health Communication 3
HLTH 425 Applied Statistics for Public Health 3
Concentration Elective 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
HLTH 444 Community Organizing and Health Advocacy 3
HLTH 497 Introduction to Internship and Professionalism 3
NUFD 182 Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective 3
HLTH 501 Public Health Seminar: Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency 3
HLTH 504 Behavioral and Social Science in Health 3
HLTH 498 Internship and Culminating Seminar 6
Concentration Elective 3
HLTH 555 Structures of Inequality in Public Health 3
HLTH 581 Health Systems Administration and Management 3
 Total Credits120
Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
FSHD 506 Introductory Statistical Methods in Family Science and Human Development 3
HLTH 502 Determinants of Environmental Health 3
Fifth Year
HLTH 606 Culminating Seminar 3
Graduate Level Elective 3
HLTH 506 Health Systems Research 3
HLTH 565 Foundations of Epidemiology 3
HLTH 582 Health Economics and Finance 3
HLTH 580 Health Policy and Politics 3
HLTH 604 Internship and Professional Seminar 6
 Total Credits30