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Public Health Curriculum

The mission of the Public Health major is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills to excel as prominent wellness professionals and to serve as leaders in the field. Our graduates develop and implement public health strategies that proactively address health challenges, prevent disease, and enhance quality of life across the community. Our methods respect cultural, economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and individual differences. We are audience-centered communicators and educators passionate about evidence-based programming.

Public health professionals design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people.  These interventions can take place in a variety of settings that include clinical sites, schools, communities, health care facilities, businesses, colleges and government agencies.  Public health professionals are employed under a range of job titles such as community health educators, worksite wellness coordinators, community outreach coordinators and public health program managers.

Graduates with this major will be qualified to take the credentialing examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).  The CHES designation after a health educator's name is an indication of professional competency and commitment to continued professional development.

NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR HEALTH EDUCATION CREDENTIALING


Public Health Major Curriculum Requirements:

  • Liberal Arts Core (LAC) – 47 hours (required for all students)
  • Refer to the academic catalog for a listing of all LAC classes
  • Students must earn grades of C or better in the following LAC classes as a Public Health major:
  • ENGL 111: English Composition & Rhetoric I
  • ENGL 112: English Composition & Rhetoric II
  • CHEM 110: Concepts of Chemistry & Lab
  • BIOL 226: Anatomy & Physiology I and
  • BIOL 226L: Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • MATH 105: Introduction to Mathematical Structures or higher

Major Courses - 44 hours

(Students must earn grades of C or better in major courses.)

  • HEAL 100: Essentials of Health Education & Promotion
  • HEAL 201: Dimensions of Personal Health & Wellness
  • HEAL 209: Concepts of Community & Public Health
  • HEAL 212: Lifespan Diseases & Disorders
  • HEAL 240: Nutrition Education
  • HEAL 306: Health Economics
  • HEAL 307: Epidemiological Methods & Environmental Health
  • HEAL 309: Theories of Health Behaviors
  • HEAL 315: Public Health Research Methods
  • HEAL 320: Assessment & Planning Methods in Health Education & Promotion
  • HEAL 400: Internship Preparation
  • HEAL 410: Capstone
  • HEAL 420: Implementing, Managing & Evaluating Health Education & Promotion Programs
  • HEAL 421: Biostatistics
  • HEAL 421L: Biostatistics Lab
  • HEAL 469: Internship in Public Health

Approved HEAL Electives – 18 hours

(Students must earn grades of C or better in approved HEAL electives)

  • BIOL 345: Nutrition
  • CHST 315: Christian Missions
  • HEAL 300: Informatics for the Healthcare Professional
  • HEAL 304: Community Immersion
  • HEAL 305: Social Marketing for Public Health
  • HEAL 310: Public Health Advocacy
  • HEAL 313: Alternative & Complementary Therapies in Healthcare
  • HEAL 314: Public Health Field Research Practicum
  • HEAL 398: Translational Research Writing in the Social Sciences
  • HEAL 399: Health & Wellness Coaching
  • HEAL 416: Spirituality, Health & Healing
  • KINE 211: Health & Fitness Assessment
  • PSYC 205: Health Psychology
  • PSYC 255: Social Psychology
  • SOCI 203: Social Problems
  • SOCI 250: Social Psychology

Supporting Courses – 13 hours

(Students must earn grades of C or better in supporting courses)

  • BIOL 227: Anatomy & Physiology II and
  • BIOL 227L: Physiology II Lab
  • SOCI 101: Principles of Sociology
  • SOCI 312: Marriage & the Family OR
  • SOCI 250: Social Psychology OR
  • SOCI 203: Social Problems
  • HEAL 305: Social Marketing for Public Health OR
  • HEAL 310: Public Health Advocacy

Focus Areas

Students may consider a focus area for future endeavors. These include the Liberal Arts Core classes, Major Courses, and:

Research/Government/Graduate Education:

  • Supporting Courses – 13 hours
  • SOCI 101; BIOL 227/L; SOC 203; HEAL 310
  • Ideal HEAL Electives – 18 hours
  • HEAL 305; HEAL 314; HEAL 398; + 9 hours in area of interest

Community Health/Health Coaching:

  • Supporting Courses – 13 hours
  • SOCI 101; BIOL 227/L; SOC 203; HEAL 310
  • Ideal HEAL Electives – 18 hours
  • HEAL 304; HEAL 399; PSYC 205; + 9 hours in area of interest

*A major in Public Health consists of 75 hours and does not require a minor.


Health Promotion Minor Curriculum Requirements:

A minor in Health Promotion consists of 18 semester hours of Health Promotion Courses.

Minor Courses—9 hours

(Students must earn grades of C or better in minor courses)

  • HEAL 100 : Essentials of Health Education & Promotion
  • HEAL 209: Concepts of Community & Public Health
  • HEAL 309: Theories of Health Behaviors

Minor Electives—9 hours

At least 6 hours must be at the 300/400 level chosen from:
  • HEAL 201: Dimensions of Personal Health & Wellness
  • HEAL 212: Lifespan Diseases & Disorders
  • HEAL 240: Nutrition Education
  • HEAL 300: Informatics for the Healthcare Professional
  • HEAL 304: Community Immersion
  • HEAL 305: Social Marketing for Public Health
  • HEAL 306: Health Economics
  • HEAL 307: Epidemiologic Methods & Environmental Health
  • HEAL 310: Public Health Advocacy
  • HEAL 313: Alternative & Complementary Therapies in Healthcare
  • HEAL 314: Public Health Field Research Practicum
  • HEAL 315: Public Health Research Methods
  • HEAL 320: Assessment & Planning Methods in Health Education & Promotion
  • HEAL 398: Translational Research Writing in the Social Sciences
  • HEAL 399: Health & Wellness Coaching
  • HEAL 416: Spirituality, Health & Healing
  • HEAL 420: Implementing, Managing & Evaluation Health Education & Promotion Programs
  • HEAL 421: Biostatistics

Note: Students choosing a minor in Public Health will not be eligible for the CHES certification examination without additional coursework. Please contact Dr. Kate Thomas for more information on how a minor can become eligible for the CHES certification.
 
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