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Public Health Program of Study


Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the practice and study of public health assumes a systems- or broad-based approach to addressing issues. A core curriculum that spans across multiple disciplines is necessary to adequately prepare students as public health generalists.

In addition to the core curriculum, specific tracks within the public health major provide students with opportunities to specialize in one of three areas of public health:

  1. Biological Sciences
  2. Social and Behavioral Sciences
  3. Policy and Ethics

 

Biological Sciences
Public Health Focus: Epidemiology, Environmental Health

  • The underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting/protecting health across the life course
  • Students that follow this track will gain more specialized instruction in subject matter relevant to biological and environmental determinants of disease in populations

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Public Health Focus: Health Behavior and Education, Health Policy and Administration

  • Socioeconomic and behavioral factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
  • Students that follow this track will gain more specialized instruction in subject matter relevant to health behavior and education and health disparities

Policy and Ethics
Public Health Focus: Health Policy

  • Basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government
  • Students that follow this track will gain more specialized instruction in subject matter relevant to health policy and management, and the promotion of diversity and cultural proficiency

B.S. Degree with a Major in Public Health - 50 hours
Core Curriculum 35 hoursBIO - 110: Principles of Biology (3 cr.)
and
BIO - 151: Principles of Biology Laboratory (1 cr.)
CS - 140: Databases (1 cr.)
HED - 400: Influences and Evolution of Global Health (3 cr.)
MAT - 175: Statistics I (3 cr.)
or
MAT - 248: Statistical Concepts and Methods for Mathematicians (3 cr.)
PHS - 101: Introduction to Public Health (3 cr.)
PHS - 301: Biostatistics (3 cr.)
Or
BIO - 301: Biostatistics (3 cr.)
PHS - 302: Epidemiology (3 cr.)
PHS - 480: Public Health Internship (3 cr.)
POL - 203: American Public Policy (3 cr.)
RES - 344: Bioethics and Society (3 cr.)
Select 6 credit hours from:
COM - 215: Introduction to Public Relations (3 cr.)
COM - 260: Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
COM - 390: Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)
ENG - 358: Professional Writing (3 cr.)
Or an approved English writing elective (3 credit hours)
Select 15 credit hours from one of the following tracks:

Biology Track
BIO - 338: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr.)
and
BIO - 348: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1 cr.)
or
BIO - 322: Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 cr.)
and
BIO - 342: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (1 cr.)
BIO - 339: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr.)
and
BIO - 349: Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1 cr.)
BIO - 225: Environmental Science (3 cr.)
and
BIO - 265: Environmental Science Laboratory (1 cr.)
BIO - 251: Cell Biology (3 cr.)
BIO - 311: Histology (4 cr.)
BIO - 314: Medical Parasitology (4 cr.)
BIO - 326: Principles of Ecology (3 cr.)
and
BIO - 346: Principles of Ecology Laboratory (1 cr.)
BIO - 334: Microbiology (3 cr.)
and
BIO - 344: Microbiology Laboratory (1 cr.)
BIO - 431: Genetics (3 cr.)
and
BIO - 461: Genetics Laboratory (1 cr.)
CHE - 111: General Chemistry I (3 cr.)
and
CHE - 141: General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 cr.)
CHE - 112: General Chemistry II (3 cr.)
and
CHE - 142: General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 cr.)

Ethics and Policy Track
No more than 6 credit hours in any one discipline will count toward completion of the track:
ECO - 323: Health Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
PSY - 326: Health Psychology (3 cr.)
SOC - 231: Social Problems (3 cr.)
POL - 204: Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
POL - 305: Public Administration (3 cr.)
POL - 331: Environmental Politics & Policy (3 cr.)
POL - 340: State & Local Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL - 498: Honors Thesis in Political Studies (3 cr.)
or
POL - 499: Senior Research (3 cr.)
RES - 102: World Religions (3 cr.)
or
RES - 104: Religious Ethics and Social Issues (3 cr.)
RES - 299: Introduction to Research in Religious and Ethical Studies (varied course cr.)
RES - 345: Environmental Ethics (3 cr.)
RES - 352: History of Christian Thought and Ethics (3 cr.)
RES - 498: Honors Thesis in Religion (3 cr.)
or
RES - 499: Research in Religious and Ethical Studies (varied course cr.)

Social Sciences Track
No more than 9 credit hours in any one discipline will count toward the completion of the track:
ECO - 101: Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)
ECO - 311: Environmental Economics (3 cr.)
ECO - 323: Health Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
ECO - 498: Honors Thesis in Economics (3 cr.)
or
ECO - 499: Research in Economics (varied course cr.)
POL - 204: Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
POL - 305: Public Administration (3 cr.)
POL - 331: Environmental Politics & Policy (3 cr.)
POL - 340: State & Local Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL - 498: Honors Thesis in Political Studies (3 cr.)
or
POL - 499: Senior Research (3 cr.)
PSY - 100: Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)
PSY - 210: Life Span Developmental Psychology (3 cr.)
PSY - 326: Health Psychology (3 cr.)
PSY - 410: Social Psychology (3 cr.)
or
SOC - 100: Principles of Sociology (3 cr.)
SOC - 231: Social Problems (3 cr.)
SOC - 332: Human Sexuality (3 cr.)
SOC - 335: Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)
SOC - 430: Population Dynamics (3 cr.)
SOC - 498: Honors Thesis in Sociology (3 cr.)
or
SOC - 499: Research in Sociology (1 cr.)

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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Lindsay is a strong student and the first woman in Meredith’s history to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

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Carolina Perez-Heydrich
Public Health Program Coordinator
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