Public Health - Bachelor of Public Health

Departmental Requirements

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. You are required to complete the following Public Health Sciences core courses.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1215Intermediate Algebra3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Personal Health & Wellness3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing a Wider World Courses 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Prerequisite Courses
Foundations of Health Education3
Foundations of Community Health Education
Essentials of Public Health3
Foundations of Public Health
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods
Public Health Education Core
PHLS 4820Health Informatics3
PHLS 4420Health Program Planning3
PHLS 4210Methods of Community Health Education3
PHLS 4810Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention3
PHLS 4440Health Program Evaluation and Research3
PHLS 4998Community Health Education Field Experience6
PHLS 4510Public Health Seminar in Community Health Education1
PHLS 4515Problems in Health Education3
Public Health Core
PHLS 4320Epidemiology3
PHLS 4310Biometrics and Health Research3
PHLS 4130Environmental Health3
PHLS 4410Administration of Health Programs3
PHLS 4430Theoretically-Based Interventions3
Cultural Foundations Course Requirements
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions3
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Health3
International Health Problems3
Rural Health Issues3
Coping with Loss and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective3
U.S.-Mexico Border Health Issues3
Departmental Electives
Elective PHLS courses 424
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 515
Total Credits120-122

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses


MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics or MATH 2350G Statistical Methods or A ST 311 Statistical Applications is required for the degree but students may first need to take any prerequisites needed to enter MATH 1350G or MATH 2350G or A ST 311


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses


Students are encouraged to select additional PHLS courses to satisfy the elective requirement. Students with an associate degree in an allied health field may transfer up to 24 credit hours of electives.


Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to complete an exit survey please see the department for more information.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Elective Course 1
Semester 2
Choose from one of the following: 3
Professional and Technical Communication Honors
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Choose from one of the following (C- grade or better): 3
Introduction to Statistics
Statistical Methods
or Statistical Applications
PHLS 1110G Personal Health & Wellness 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Elective Course 3
Second Year
Semester 1
PHLS 3210 Foundations of Community Health Education 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course OR Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
General Education Elective Course 2 3-4
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Semester 2
PHLS 3220 Foundations of Public Health 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Introduction to Communication
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
Elective Course 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Elective Course 3
Third Year
Semester 1
PHLS 4320 Epidemiology 3
PHLS 4430 Theoretically-Based Interventions 3
PHLS 4820 Health Informatics 3
PHLS Cultural Foundations Course (4610 - 4660 course number) 3
Elective Course 3
Semester 2
PHLS 4310 Biometrics and Health Research 1 3
PHLS 4420 Health Program Planning 3
PHLS 4810 Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Elective Course 3
Fourth Year
Semester 1
PHLS 4130 Environmental Health 1 3
PHLS 4210 Methods of Community Health Education 3
PHLS 4410 Administration of Health Programs 1 3
PHLS 4510 Public Health Seminar in Community Health Education 1 1
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Semester 2
PHLS 4515 Problems in Health Education 3
PHLS 4440 Health Program Evaluation and Research 3
PHLS 4998 Community Health Education Field Experience 6
Elective Course (as needed to fulfill 120 credit hour degree requirement) 2
 Total Credits120-122

These courses may have prerequisites and/or co-requisites, and it is the student's responsibility to check and fulfill those prerequisites and corequisites.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.