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This is an archive of the 2015-2016 University Catalog.
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Program: B.S., Public Health


The B.S. in Public Health program is intended to prepare students with the skills needed to understand how to plan, implement and evaluate the educational components of health and human service programs. Public, voluntary and proprietary health and human service agencies, hospitals, organizations, industry and professional consulting firms that provide services to various governmental and private organizations employ graduates of Public Health. Appropriate advisement provides students flexibility in the selection for various health education career opportunities. These opportunities include health promotion, school health education, community health education and health education generalist.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (23 units)

BIOL 101/L General Biology and Lab (3/1) (Meets GE, Natural Sciences)

BIOL 211/212 Human Anatomy and Lab (2/1)
or EOH 353 Global Perspectives of Environmental Health (3) (Meets UDGE, Lifelong Learning)

BIOL 281 Human Physiology (3)

CHEM 100 Principles of Chemistry (3) (Meets GE, Natural Sciences)

MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4) (Meets GE, Mathematics)

PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology (3) (Meets GE, Social Sciences)

SOC 150 Introductory Sociology (3) (Meets GE, Social Sciences)

2. Upper Division Health Sciences Department Core (10 units)

HSCI 390/L Biostatistics and Lab (3/1)
HSCI 488 Epidemiology: Study of Disease (3)

Select one of the following:

HSCI 314 Organization and Delivery of Health Services (3)
HSCI 345 Public Health Issues (3) (Meets UDGE, Social Sciences)

3. Required Public Health Core Courses (27 units)

ENGL 306 Report Writing (3) (Meets UDGE, Lifelong Learning)
HSCI 331 Public Health Education (3)
HSCI 391 Computer Applications in Health Science (3)
HSCI 431 Health Behavior (3)
HSCI 437 Strategies for Making Health Decisions (3)
HSCI 439 Community Health Action (3)
HSCI 441 Community Health Education (3)
HSCI 445 Senior Seminar in Health Education (3)
HSCI 494/IN Academic Internship (2/1)

4. Health Science Electives (15 units)

Select up to 15 units from the following, with Public Health advisor approval:

HSCI 231 Women and Health (3)
HSCI 335 Holistic Health (3)
HSCI 336 Health Aspects of Drug Use (3)
HSCI 337 Nutrition and Health (3)
HSCI 433 Counseling of Health Problems (3)
HSCI 435 Health Science for Children and Youth (3)
HSCI 436 Health Concerns of Adolescents (3)
HSCI 438 International Health (3)
HSCI 440 Family Health (3)
HSCI 442 Health, Culture, and Diversity (3)

5. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.

Total Units Required in the Major: 75

General Education Units: 36

Additional Units: 9

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120


Chair: Anita M. Slechta
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Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Public Health program will accomplish the Seven Areas of Responsibility as stated by NCHEC:

  • Area I: Assess Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education
  • Area II: Plan Health Education
  • Area III: Implement Health Education
  • Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
  • Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education
  • Area VI: Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
  • Area VII: Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education