The Department of Public Health Sciences prepares students for careers in the health field, one of the largest industries in the United States. It includes hospitals and other medical service providers, public health organizations, health insurance companies, health/medical related sales, health fitness organizations, and community and nonprofit health agencies.
Plans of study can be arranged in health promotion and education, health services administration, leadership for cardiovascular technology, and preprofessional health studies. Students in the Health Promotion and Education Concentration have the skills to assess, plan, communicate, implement, manage, and evaluate public health promotion programs. Students in the Preprofessional Health Studies Concentration obtain the coursework and experience necessary for acceptance into various graduate programs in clinical health professions. The Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership Concentration provides a core of health science classes, training in diagnostic cardiovascular sonography, and a leadership certificate. The Health Services Administration Concentration allows students to develop skills and competencies in health administration/management for entry-level careers or graduate study in this area. A minor in Business Administration is integral to the concentration. The department, in cooperation with the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, also offers a joint Bachelor of Science degree in Language and International Health, BS.
To facilitate admission of students who can achieve at an appropriate level in the program, admission is selective. Applicants are reviewed by the Office of Admissions and consideration is given to performance in secondary school and on the College Board Examination (SAT). Those seeking admission are advised to apply to the University early in the fall of their senior year of high school.
Transfer admission is competitive. Students are encouraged to apply early to the Office of Admissions. The University admits ten new transfer students to the Health Science major during the fall semester only. Potential students should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and completion of 30 semester hours of transferable courses. Placement in the Health Science curriculum is determined after credit evaluation is complete.
Students may apply to change majors into Health Science with decisions based on available space and approval by the department advisory committee. Applications are accepted in the fall semester beginning on the first day of class with a deadline of the last day of classes. Accepted change-of-major students must be signed into the program by the academic advisor. Applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.25 with 49 or fewer earned credits or a 2.5 with 50 or more earned credits. Students with 50 or more earned credits must also have taken and passed the math requirement, statistics requirements and science requirement per the General Education requirements listed in the Undergraduate Announcements. Students are allowed to apply only twice. Detailed information is available in the Academic Advising Center located in 309 Edwards Hall.
120-123 Total Semester Hours
1 See General Education Requirements. Six of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements.
2 MATH 1020 or MATH 1060
3 Select 13 credits from any 4000-level AAH course, any 2000-4000-level ACCT course, any 4000-level AGRB course, any 3000- 4000-level AL course, any 2000-4000-level ANTH course, any 1000-2000-level ARAB course, any 4000-level ARCH course, any 1000-2000-level ASL course, any 3000-4000-level BCHM course, any BIOL course, any 2000-level CH course, any CHIN course, any 2000-4000-level COMM course, any 4000-level CRP course, any 2000-level or 4000-level CTE course, any 2000-level ECON course, any 3000-level EDC course, any 3000-level EDEC course, any 3000-4000-level EDF course, any 4000-level EDSP course, any 4000-level EES course, any 3000-level ELE course, any 2000-4000-level ENGL course, any 2000-4000-level ENSP course, any 3000-level ENT course, any FDSC course, any 2000-4000-level FR course, any 3000-4000-level GEN course, GEOG 1060 or any 3000-level GEOG course, any GER course, any 2000-4000-level HEHD course, any 3000-4000-level HIST course, any 2000-4000-level HLTH course, any 3000-level HUM course, any ITAL course, any JAPN course, any 1000-2000-level LATN course, any 4000-level LAW course, any 3000-level MGT course, any 2000-3000-level MICR course, any 3000-4000-level MKT course, any 3000-4000-level NPL course, any 2000-level or 4000-level NUTR course, PHIL 1030 or any 3000-level PHIL course, any 2000-4000-level PHYS course, any 3000-level PLPH course, any 1000-2000-level PORT course, any 3000-4000-level POSC course, any 2000-4000-level PRTM course, any PSYC course, any 3000-4000-level RS course, any RUSS course, any SOC course, any 2000-4000-level SPAN course, or any 3000-level WFB course.
4 STAT 2300 or STAT 3090
5 Select from HLTH 3150, HLTH 4310, HLTH 4700, HLTH 4980
6 Select from HLTH 3100, HLTH 3200, HLTH 4100, HLTH 4110, HLTH 4150, HLTH 4300
7 Internship may be done fall, spring, or summer after completing HLTH 4190. Prior approval is required for summer internships.
8 Select from HLTH 3050, HLTH 3980, HLTH 4020, HLTH 4600, HLTH 4850, HLTH 4970, HLTH 4990
9 Select from HLTH 3610, HLTH 4780, HLTH 4790
Note: A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 is required for registration in each HLTH course.