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.

Public Health

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

Major Courses
CULN2414Cooking for Health and Wellness3
HSC1010Introduction to Health Professions1.5
HSC1110Determinants of Health I4.5
HSC1120Determinants of Health II4.5
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health4.5
HSC2230Introduction to Global Health4.5
HSC3300Comparative Healthcare Systems4.5
HSC4100Health Policy, Ethics and the Law4.5
HSC4900Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone4.5
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
SCI1015Introduction to Life Science4.5
SCI2020Exercise Physiology4.5
SCI2031Anatomy and Physiology4.5
Major Electives
Choose 36 credits from the following:36
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
and Biochemistry Laboratory
College of Health & Wellness Internship
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
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions
Foundations of Leadership Studies
Contemporary Business Management I
Human Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Developmental Psychology
Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior
Health Psychology
Sociology of Aging
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
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
Social Sciences9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives9
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 university18
Total Credits181.0

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.