Dec 11, 2023
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Health is an interdisciplinary degree designed for students interested in careers of public health education and advocacy. The degree also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in public health. Graduates of the BA program are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES ®) exam.
The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences works collaboratively with the College of Liberal Arts to provide coursework in public health foundations, communication and analytical skills, and public policy. 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.
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:
- How to communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms, and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences.
- How to locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information.
- How to analyze the range of biological, behavioral, environmental and social factors that influence patterns in population health outcomes.
- How to design messages and strategies that influence the behavior of various audience segments, including decision-makers.
- How to implement and evaluate population health interventions.
- How to influence public health policy.
Program Learning Outcomes
As a result of their program learning experiences, students who complete the program can:
- Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms, and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences.
- Locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information.
- Analyze the range of biological, behavioral, environmental and social factors that influence patterns in population health outcomes.
- Design messages and strategies that influence the behavior of various audience segments, including decision-makers.
- Implement and evaluate population health interventions.
- Influence public health policy.
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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
Additional Core Courses: 10 Hours
II. Public Health Foundations Requirements: 21 Hours
III. Requirements: 34 Hours
- PLS 2120 - American National Government Credit Hour(s): 3
- PLS 3400 - Law and Society Credit Hour(s): 3 or
- PLS 4240 - American Public Policy Analysis Credit Hour(s): 3
- SOC 3600 - Social Inequality Credit Hour(s): 3 or
- SOC 3620 - Race and Ethnicity Credit Hour(s): 3 or
- COM 4251 - Race, Gender and Health Credit Hour(s): 3
- URS 3300 - Ethics in Public Service Credit Hour(s): 3 or
- PHL 2500 - Professional Ethics Credit Hour(s): 3
- HED 3850 - Foundations of Teaching Health I Credit Hour(s): 3 or
- HED 4850 - Foundations of Teaching Health Education II Credit Hour(s): 3 or
- HED 2850 - Comprehensive School Health Education Credit Hour(s): 3
Students then select 19 credit hours from 2000, 3000, and 4000 level courses with the following prefix: ATH, COM, GEO, PLS, SOC, WGS, HED, KNH, OL, PPH.
IV. Communication and Analytical Skill 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 of 12 hours.
List A: Communication Courses
List B: Analytical Courses
V. General Electives: 9 Hours
Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to pursue minors or certificates related to their public health interest.