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.

Mission

Department of Public Health and Health Sciences Public Health Program 

Mission

We are “Public Health in the Community.” Our diverse faculty offer a dynamic, community engaged educational experience to prepare public health leaders to work to reduce health inequities in underserved populations.

Vision

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.

Values

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. 

Requirements

Public Health Program (BS)

Public Health Program information  

http://www.umflint.edu/pubhealth/bachelor-science-public-health

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


A. General Education and Prerequisites


The mathematics requirement and ENG 112  or EHS 120  or HON 156  should be completed prior to other courses.

First Year Experience


Students entering the university with fewer than 25 transfer credit hours must fulfill the FYE requirement within their first academic year.

  • UNV 100 - First Year Experience (3-4).

English/Writing


  • One from:

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3).
  • EHS 120 - Ecology of Teaching and Social Work (3).

Humanities


  • PHL 162 - Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • or

  • PHL 168 - Philosophy of Bioethics (3)
  •  

  • HCR 304 - The Ethics of Health Care (3)

Social Sciences


  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology (3)
  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology (3)

Global Studies


Three credits, selected by the student; recommended:

  • PHS 331 - Global Health (3)

Fine Arts


Three credits, satisfied by program requirements:

Health and Well Being


Three credits selected by the student.

Mathematics/Finance and Quantitative Literacy


Three credits, satisfied by program requirements.

  • Also required, one of:

  • MTH 090 - Intermediate Algebra (3). (with a grade of C (2.0) or better)
  • Placement into MTH 111  or higher

Natural Sciences (with lab)


Four credits, satisfied by program requirements

Technology


Three credits, selected by the student

Capstone


Three credits, satisfied by program requirements.

B. Public Health Foundations (45 credits)


  • BIO 104 - Introduction to Human Biology (4)
  • COM 210 - Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
  • ENG 345 - Technical Writing (3).
  • HCR 201 - Introduction to Health Careers (1).
  • HCR 300 - Health Care in the United States (3)
  • HCR 304 - The Ethics of Health Care (3)
  • HCR 305 - Public Policy and Health Care (3)
  • HCR 368 - Sociology of Health and Illness (3)
  • HCR 370 - Healthcare Professionalism & Leadership (3).
  • HCR 377 - Health Care Human Resources Administration (3).
  • PHS 210 - Public Health and the Engaged Citizen (3)
  • PHS 315 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
  • PHS 347 - Public Health Statistics (4).
  • PHS 420 - Introduction to Environmental Health (3)
  • PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology (3)

C. Health Education Core (24 credits)


  • HCR 203 - Personal Health (3)
  • HCR 204 - Contemporary Issues in Sexual Health (3)
  • HCR 379 - Introduction to Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
  • HCR 380 - Strategies in Health Education (3).
  • HCR 384 - Issues in Program Implementation (3).
  • HCR 385 - Health Care Program Evaluation (3).
  • HCR 386 - Media and Materials in Health Care Education (3).
  • HCR 387 - Introduction to Health Communication (3).

D. Managing Diversity (3 credits)


  • HCR 362 - Cultural Competence in Health Care (3)

E. Electives in Health Care (6 credits)


At least 6 credits from:

  • AGE 306 - Politics of Aging (3).
  • AGE 350 - Health and Aging (3)
  • AGE 352 - Chronic Illness and Aging (3)
  • AGE 378 - Organization and Administration of Long-Term Care (3).
  • HCR 363 - Introduction to Health Disparities (3)
  • HCR 364 - Healthcare Marketing Strategies (3).
  • HCR 376 - Health Care Administration (3).
  • HCR 400 - Affordable Care: The Role of Health Insurance (3).
  • HCR 404 - AIDS: A Public Health Crisis (3)
  • HCR 461 - Mental Health Promotion (3).
  • HCR 487 - Legal Issues in Health Care (3).
  • PHS 331 - Global Health (3)
  • PHS 421 - Occupational Health and Safety (3)
  • PHS 467 - Health Information Management (3).

F. Capstone/Internship (3-6 credits)


A grade of B- (2.7) or better in one from:

  • HCR 390 - Health Care Internship/Capstone (3-6)
  • HCR 490 - Advanced Health Care Internship/Capstone (3)

G. Additional Requirements


  • Approval of required Program Portfolio
  • Completion of Program Key Concepts test for assessment purposes
  • All University of Michigan-Flint graduation requirements  


Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits



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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. Public Health


All requirements of the Public Health Program (BS) , to include:

  • HON 156 - Great Books II (5)
  • HON 251 - Great Ideas I (3)
  • HON 252 - Great Ideas II: The Impact of Technology on Society, An Historical Perspective (3)
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  • Taken in place of, respectively:

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3).
  • COM 210 - Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
  • ENG 345 - Technical Writing (3).

B. Honors


All requirements of the University Honors Program .

Note


Prospective Honors Program students are urged to acquaint themselves as early as possible with the requirements below 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.


Minimum Credits for the Degree:  124 credits



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