Public Health Major, Health Systems Administration and Policy 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 Health Systems Administration and Policy prepares public health professionals with strategic skills for the management and administration of hospitals and healthcare systems with a focus on prevention and in service of social justice and health equity.  Specifically, it will include core content on finance, management, and ethics that will enable students to understand how to work within the healthcare delivery system to create programs and promote policies that eliminate disparities in health outcomes among different populations so that everyone has an equal access to quality care and an equal opportunity to be healthy.  Graduates of the program will work in a variety of settings including private and public hospitals, community clinics, and nonprofit organizations.

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by STAT 109 in the major.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory4
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Fulfilled by HLTH 290 in the major.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by HLTH 102 in the major.0
Total Credits33

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3-6
World Cultures0-3
Total Credits3-9

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements33
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements63
Graduate Swing Courses12
Free Electives9-3
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this combined program may 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 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 240Foundations of Environmental Health3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
HLTH 360Health Policy and Administration3
HLTH 365Science of Public Health: Epidemiology3
HLTH 425Applied Statistics for Public Health3
STAT 109Statistics3
Health Systems Administration & Policy Concentration
Required Courses
HLTH 355Addressing Health Disparities Through Social Justice3
HLTH 361Health Systems Administration and Leadership3
HLTH 370Health Economics and Finance3
HLTH 490Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HLTH 492Health Systems Research and Evaluation3
Electives
Complete three courses from the list below. At least one course must be at the 300-400 level. 9
Public Health Required Fieldwork
HLTH 497Introduction to Internship and Professionalism3
HLTH 498Internship and Culminating Seminar6
Total Credits63

Electives

Medical Terminology
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Special Topics in Health
Professional Certifications in Health
School Health and Community Services
Population Approaches to Diet and Activity
Health Aspects of Aging
Race, Racism, and Health
Gender, Sexuality, and Health Disparities
Community and Health
Special Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Sociology of Health and Illness
Grant Proposal Writing

Graduate Swing Courses

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

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 dual degree program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
HLTH 102 Introduction to Public Health 3
STAT 109 Statistics 3
 Credits13
Spring
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
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
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
 Credits16
Spring
World Language 2 3
World Cultures 3
HLTH 240 Foundations of Environmental Health 3
HLTH 360 Health Policy and Administration 3
HLTH 361 Health Systems Administration and Leadership 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
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
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
HLTH 370 Health Economics and Finance 3
HLTH 425 Applied Statistics for Public Health 3
HLTH 492 Health Systems Research and Evaluation 3
Concentration Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
HLTH 490 Ethical Issues in Public Health 3
HLTH 497 Introduction to Internship and Professionalism 3
Concentration Elective 3
HLTH 501 Public Health Seminar: Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency 3
HLTH 504 Behavioral and Social Science in Health 3
 Credits16
Spring
HLTH 498 Internship and Culminating Seminar 6
HLTH 555 Structures of Inequality in Public Health 3
HLTH 581 Health Systems Administration and Management 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
SummerCredits
FSHD 506 Introductory Statistical Methods in Family Science and Human Development 3
HLTH 502 Determinants of Environmental Health 3
 Credits6
Fifth Year
Summer
HLTH 606 Culminating Seminar 3
Graduate Level Elective 3
 Credits6
Fall
HLTH 507 Community Health Education Methods, Application, and Practice 3
HLTH 529 Applied Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HLTH 565 Foundations of Epidemiology 3
 Credits9
Spring
HLTH 580 Health Policy and Politics 3
HLTH 604 Internship and Professional Seminar 6
 Credits9
 Total Credits30