About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares students for a wide range of entry level public health positions. The coursework includes the foundational knowledge of public health practice (epidemiology, health policy, global health) and reflects the values of public health: community engagement, disease prevention, health promotion and serving vulnerable populations. The program's major focus on health education prepares students to implement behavior modification and lifestyle changes for individuals, families and communities. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the competencies required to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Requirements

Public Health Program (BS)

Requirements.

  1. General Education  and prerequisite requirements.
    The mathematics requirement and ENG 112  should be completed prior to other courses.
     1. First Year Experience (required of all students entering UMF with fewer than 25 credits).  UNV 100 .
     2. English/Writing. ENG 112  or EHS 120 , ENG 345 .
     3. Humanities. COM 210 ; PHL 162  or PHL 168 , HCR 304 .
     4. Social Sciences. PSY 100 PSY 313 ,  .
     5. Global Studies.  (3 credits selected by student). PHS 331  recommended
     
    6. Fine Arts. (3 credits selected by student).
     7. Health and Well Being. HCR 362  .
     8. Mathematics/Finance and Quantitative Literacy. MTH 090   with a grade of C (2.0) or better or placement into MTH 111  or higher; PHS 347 , PHS 315 .
     9. Natural Sciences. BIO 104 .
    10.Technology. (3 credits selected by student)..
    11. Capstone. PHS 390  or HCR 490 .
  2. Public Health Foundations (39 credits). 
    COM 210 /THE 210 ; HCR 300 , HCR 304 ,  , HCR 368 , HCR 370 HCR 377 PHS 210 , PHS 315 ; PHS 420 .
  3. Health Education Core (24 credits).
    HCR 203 , HCR 204 , HCR 379 , HCR 380 , HCR 384 , HCR 385 , HCR 386 HCR 387 .
  4. Managing Diversity (3 credits). HCR 362 .
  5. Electives in Health Care (6 credits). 
    From: AGE 306 , AGE 350 , AGE 352 , AGE 378 , HCR 363 , HCR 376 , HCR 404 HCR 461 , PHS 331 , PHS 421 PHS 467 .
  6. Capstone/Internship (3-6 credits).
    HCR 390  or HCR 490  
  7.  Completion of departmental Key Concepts test for assessment purposes. 

 

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Admission

Whether you are a new freshman or a transfer student, you must submit an application to the Admissions Office. You should specify Public Health as your probable field of study on your application. The Admissions Office can assist you with gaining acceptance into the University, transferring classes, and familiarizing you with the campus.

Once you have been accepted by the University, you should contact the Department of Public Health & Health Sciences to schedule a meeting with an advisor. There is no additional application or admissions process to pursue an undergraduate degree in Public Health.

 

Honors

Public Health Honors Program (BS)

Requirements.

A. All requirements of the General Program in Public Health .
B. All requirements of the University Honors Program .
 

Prospective Honors Program students are urged to acquaint themselves as early as possible with the requirements above as well as with the particular procedures for acceptance into the Health Sciences and Administration Department’s Honors Program. See the departmental honors advisor or the Honors Program Director for this information.

 

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