2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
    May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Public Health, BS


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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health is an interdisciplinary degree designed for students interested in the population health sciences of epidemiology, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and medicine. The degree also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in public health and other health professions.

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences works collaboratively with the College of Science and Mathematics to provide coursework in public health foundations, communication and analytical skills, and biological and environmental sciences. In addition, collaborations with local public health agencies and healthcare organizations provide students numerous opportunities to engage with local public health professionals. All students complete a capstone project that demonstrates the culmination of career-focused skills. Qualified capstones can include internships, student cohort service-learning projects, senior seminars, or research projects.

Admission Requirements

Once the student has satisfied the following criteria, the student can be admitted into the Public Health degree program: completed at least 12 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

Program Learning Objectives

Students will learn:

  1. How to communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms, and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences.
  2. How to locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information.
  3. How to analyze the range of biological, behavioral, environmental and social factors that influence patterns in population health outcomes.
  4. How to explain the basic biology, transmission, and natural history of human infectious and chronic diseases.
  5. How to apply analytical skills and methodologies to study the causes and impact of infectious and chronic diseases.
  6. How to present data in formats that educate various audiences, including decision makers.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of their program learning experiences, students who complete the program can:

  1. Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms, and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences.
  2. Locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information.
  3. Analyze the range of biological, behavioral, environmental and social factors that influence patterns in population health outcomes.
  4. Explain the basic biology, transmission, and natural history of human infectious and chronic diseases.
  5. Apply analytical skills and methodologies to study the causes and impact of infectious and chronic diseases.
  6. Present data in formats that educate various audiences, including decision makers.

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Program Requirements


I. Wright State Core: 44 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours


Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5: Social Sciences: 7 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


II. Public Health Foundations Requirements: 21 Hours


III. Related Requirements: 34 Hours


IV. Communication and Analytical Skills Electives: 12 Hours


Students take at least 3 hours from List A (communications) and 3 hours from List B (analytical). Students then choose from either List A or B or with approved department substitution to earn a total 12 hours.

V. General Electives: 9 Hours


Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to pursue minors or certificates related to their public health interest.

Total: 120 Hours


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