Public Health Major, Health Systems Administration and Policy Concentration (B.S.)

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. 

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements33
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements66
Free Electives 118-12
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

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
Health Systems Administration & Policy Concentration Requirements
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
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
Health Systems Administration & Policy Electives
Complete 4 courses from the list below. At least 2 courses must be at the 300-400 level. 12
Public Health Required Collateral Course
STAT 109Statistics3
Total Credits66

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

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

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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

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

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
Free Elective 3
HLTH 240 Foundations of Environmental Health 3
HLTH 360 Health Policy and Administration 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
HLTH 361 Health Systems Administration and Leadership 3
 Credits15
Spring
HLTH 370 Health Economics and Finance 3
HLTH 425 Applied Statistics for Public Health 3
HLTH 492 Health Systems Research and Evaluation 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
HLTH 490 Ethical Issues in Public Health 3
HLTH 497 Introduction to Internship and Professionalism 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
HLTH 498 Internship and Culminating Seminar 6
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120