Public Health - B.S.

As of June 23, 2020, programs in this catalog will no longer be offered to new students at the Denver campus.  At the close of the 2020-2021 academic year (subject to possible courses through the summer of 2021), no programs in this catalog will be offered to any students at the Denver campus, as the Denver and North Miami campuses will be closing after the end of the 2020-2021 academic year (subject to possible courses through the summer of 2021).

The Public Health bachelor's degree program prepares graduates for entry-level health-profession careers in such areas as health education, health promotion, research, monitoring and evaluation, and health and policy administration. Additionally, it prepares graduates seeking post-baccalaureate entry into graduate programs such as public health, public policy, health management, law and health informatics. Students can take additional electives in management that can help to prepare graduates for entry-level health-profession careers in such areas as health administration and management, consulting, quality improvement in healthcare, and policy administration.

The curriculum is based on a strong foundation in the population health sciences along with coursework in the arts and sciences. Content in the areas of health and wellness is emphasized. An interdisciplinary team of educators provides holistic exposure to nutrition, exercise science, psychology, sociology, public health, business and economics, and their importance to patient-centered, humanistic healthcare delivery.  

The Public Health degree program emphasizes the application and synthesis of knowledge and develops graduates who are the problem-solvers and critical-thinkers of tomorrow in both domestic and global health systems and communities.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply fundamental biologic, socio-economic, behavioral, ethical, cultural and spiritual principles to the practice of health and wellness.
  • Synthesize foundational knowledge and the results of inquiry and research.
  • Effectively communicate health and wellness principles to diverse populations.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a health and wellness team to improve individual and community outcomes.
  • Compare and discuss major local, national and global health challenges related to healthcare access and outcomes. 

Public Health students take basic science courses in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and life science. Courses examine patterns of population health and disease, the organization and social structures through which health services are delivered/received, and community needs assessment and planning. Additional emphasis is placed on courses in counseling, health education, psychology and health policy. In consultation with advisers, students may select courses that specifically prepare them for positions in the public health arena, such as health policy analysts, consultants, health promotion coordinators and educators, and a variety of jobs in both state and federal government.

Public Health

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Credits
Major Courses
CULN2414Cooking for Health and Wellness3
HSC1010Introduction to Health Professions1
HSC1100Determinants of Health3
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health3
HSC2100Epidemiology3
HSC2230Introduction to Global Health3
HSC2400Research Methods for Health Science3
HSC3300Comparative Healthcare Systems3
HSC4100Health Policy, Ethics and the Law3
HSC4900Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone3
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology3
SCI1015Introduction to Life Science3
SCI2020Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
SCI2031Anatomy and Physiology3
Major Electives
Choose 24 credits from the following: *24
Health Science
General Biology - Cellular
and General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
Functional Human Anatomy
and Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Biochemistry
and Biochemistry Laboratory
College of Health & Wellness Internship Ir,Ic
Community Nutrition
Health Education and Program Planning
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
How Drugs Work
Leadership/Management
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Introduction to Business and Management
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Finance
Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions
Foundations of Leadership Studies
Human Resource Management
Social/Behavioral
Cultural Anthropology
Developmental Psychology
Psychological Issues of Substance Use Disorders and Compulsive Behaviors
Health Psychology
Sociology of Aging
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Mathematics6
Fundamentals of Algebra (or higher, based on student's placement)
Introduction to Biostatistics
Science3
Nutrition
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university15
Total Credits122.0

IrWith department or college chair approval, Experiential Learning credits can be applied to a number of options in lieu of the required internship. Options include, but are not limited to, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses, or courses in a minor as relevant. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling experiential learning credits.    

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?