Public Health - B.S.
Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.
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 are 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.
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree
|CULN2414||Cooking for Health and Wellness||3|
|HSC1010||Introduction to Health Professions||1.5|
|HSC1110||Determinants of Health I||4.5|
|HSC1120||Determinants of Health II||4.5|
|HSC1230||Introduction to Public Health||4.5|
|HSC2230||Introduction to Global Health||4.5|
|HSC3300||Comparative Healthcare Systems||4.5|
|HSC4100||Health Policy, Ethics and the Law||4.5|
|HSC4900||Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone||4.5|
|RSCH2050||Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills||4.5|
|SCI1015||Introduction to Life Science||4.5|
|SCI2031||Anatomy and Physiology||4.5|
|Choose 36 credits from the following:||36|
|General Biology - Cellular|
and General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
|Functional Human Anatomy|
and Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory
and Human Physiology Laboratory
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|Introduction to Organic Chemistry|
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Biochemistry Laboratory
|College of Health & Wellness Internship|
|Health Education and Program Planning|
|General Physics I|
and General Physics I Laboratory
|General Physics II|
and General Physics II Laboratory
|How Drugs Work|
|Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions|
|Foundations of Leadership Studies|
|Contemporary Business Management I|
|Human Resource Management|
|Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior|
|Sociology of Aging|
|Related Professional Studies|
|A&S Core Experience|
|Communications Foundation Courses||13.5|
|Advanced Composition and Communication|
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
|Arts and Humanities||9|
|Ethics: A Global Perspective|
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
|Fundamentals of Algebra (or higher, based on student's placement)|
|Introduction to Biostatistics|
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher
|Free Electives #|
|18 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university||18|
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, Charlotte or Online.
¶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.
# In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.
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 will be assessed at the completion of 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 JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year 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.