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 1350GIntroduction to Statistics 23
or MATH 2350G Statistical Methods
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
Foundations of Public Health3
Essentials of Public Health
Intermediate Algebra3
Public Health Education Core
PHLS 471Health Informatics3
PHLS 473Health Program Planning3
PHLS 475Methods of Community Health Education3
PHLS 459Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention3
PHLS 478Health Program Evaluation and Research3
PHLS 496Community Health Education Field Experience6
PHLS 497Public Health Seminar in Community Health Education1
PHLS 499Problems in Health Education3
Public Health Core
PHLS 450Epidemiology3
PHLS 451Biometrics and Health Research3
PHLS 452Environmental Health3
PHLS 457Administration of Health Programs3
PHLS 476Theoretically-Based Interventions3
Cultural Foundations Course Requirements
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions3
Hispanic Health Issues3
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

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
 Credits15
Semester 2
Choose from one of the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
Choose from one of the following (B grade or better): 3
Introduction to Statistics  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Applications (will not fulfill General Education requirement) 2  
PHLS 1110G Personal Health & Wellness 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Semester 1
PHLS 375 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
 Credits15-17
Semester 2
PHLS 395 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
 Credits15
Third Year
Semester 1
PHLS 450 Epidemiology 3
PHLS 476 Theoretically-Based Interventions 3
PHLS 471 Health Informatics 3
PHLS Cultural Foundations Course (460 - 469 course number) 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
PHLS 451 Biometrics and Health Research 1 3
PHLS 473 Health Program Planning 3
PHLS 475 Methods of Community Health Education 1 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Semester 1
PHLS 452 Environmental Health 1 3
PHLS 457 Administration of Health Programs 1 3
PHLS 478 Health Program Evaluation and Research 1 3
PHLS 497 Public Health Seminar in Community Health Education 1
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
PHLS 499 Problems in Health Education 1 3
PHLS 459 Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention 1 3
PHLS 496 Community Health Education Field Experience 6
Elective Course (as needed to fulfill 120 credit hour degree requirement) 2
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-122