Public Health - B.S.
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.
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree
|Cooking for Health and Wellness
|Introduction to Health Professions
|Determinants of Health
|Introduction to Public Health
|Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing
|Introduction to Global Health
|Research Methods for Health Science
|Comparative Healthcare Systems
|Health Policy, Ethics and the Law
|Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone
|Introduction to Life Science
|Introduction to Exercise Physiology
|Anatomy and Physiology
|Choose 15 credits from the following: *
|General Biology - Cellular
and General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
and Human Physiology Laboratory
|Fundamentals of Pharmacology
|General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|Introduction to Organic Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Biochemistry Laboratory
|Health Education and Program Planning
|General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
|General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
|Introduction to Business and Management
|Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions
|Foundations of Leadership Studies
|Human Resource Management
|Psychological Issues of Substance Use Disorders and Compulsive Behaviors
|Sociology of Aging
|Choose 6 credits from the following:
|College of Health & Wellness Internship Ic
|Directed Experiential Education D
Study Abroad Sa
|Related Professional Studies
|A&S Core Experience
|Communications Foundation Courses
|Rhetoric & Composition I
|Rhetoric & Composition II
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
|Arts and Humanities
|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, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
Two courses with an EASC attribute
|Free Electives #
|15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university
Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites.
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 advisor before scheduling internship and free elective credits.
D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS).
SaTo be eligible to count toward Applied/ Experiential Learning, a Study Abroad offering must meet certain requirements. Contact JWU Global to discuss eligible Study Abroad options for this degree program.
# 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 advisor before scheduling free elective credits.
NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).
Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses
In collaboration with academic colleges across all 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 or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?