Bachelor of Science in Public Health
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.
Department of Public Health and Health Sciences Public Health Program
We are “Public Health in the City.” Our diverse faculty offer a dynamic, community engaged educational experience to prepare public health leaders to work to reduce health inequities in underserved populations.
We will be known for our learning environment which is informed by the knowledge and experiences of our diverse student, faculty and community partners, who together develop achievable and innovative solutions to public health challenges within our city and beyond. Our solutions will be characterized by the synergy between multicultural local and global perspectives.
Diversity: Our diverse faculty and students bring their highly varied ideas, beliefs, and cultures to classroom interactions, scholarly activities, and community partnerships.
Social Justice: Our students and faculty engage in professional activities to reduce social disparities and health inequities in our communities.
Ethical Practice: Uphold high standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness in public health research, teaching, and service
Professionalism: Model the duties and responsibilities of public health consistent with the code of conduct for the field.
Community/Partnerships: Engaging in mutually beneficial community collaborations built on respect, trust, and personal commitment to improve the public health status of local and global communities.
Global: Create an educational synergy among domestic and international students, faculty, and communities that foster learning and practice opportunities that improve public health across cultures.
- 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 .
- 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 .
- Health Education Core (24 credits).
HCR 203 , HCR 204 , HCR 379 , HCR 380 , HCR 384 , HCR 385 , HCR 386 , HCR 387 .
- Managing Diversity (3 credits). HCR 362 .
- 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 .
- Capstone/Internship (3-6 credits).
HCR 390 or HCR 490 .
- Completion of departmental Key Concepts test for assessment purposes.
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.
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.
Graduate SchoolMaster of Science in Health Education
Master of Public Health
Career InformationOccupational Outlook Handbook
Health Care Jobs
Healthcare Careers Guide
HEALTHeCAREERS Network What is Public Health? Public Health Online
Major Professional OrganizationsSociety for Public Health Education
Association of Schools of Public Health
American Public Health Association