Population Health Specialization

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Public Health complete the required core credits and the credits required for their chosen specialization. Students who plan careers in public or community health, or who intend to pursue graduate studies, should choose the Population Health Specialization.

Population Health Specialization
Population health represents the area of study and practice focusing on the determinants and distribution of health across different groups of individuals. Understanding issues and situations that harm people’s potential for health, wellbeing, and quality of life enables public health professionals to develop effective strategies to improve outcomes. Through diverse course offerings, the Population Health Specialization prepares students for graduate study or career work with a variety of populations.

Public Health Core Requirements

  • HED 101 – Health Essentials Credits: (4)
  • HED 230 – Foundations of Public Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 240 – Writing in Public Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 250 – Introduction to Health Policy and Systems Credits: (3)
  • HED 310 – Community Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 311 – Cross Cultural Practice in Public Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 317 – Global Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 320 – Environmental Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 324 – Infectious and Non-infectious Disease Credits: (4)
  • HED 375 – Theories of Health Behavior Credits: (3)
  • HED 380 – Epidemiology Credits: (3)
  • HED 422 – Methods for Health Promotion Credits: (4)
  • HED 445 – Professionalism in Public Health Credits: (1)
  • HED 460 – Public Health Ethics Credits: (3)
  • HED 470 – Population Health Assessment and Research Credits: (5)
  • HED 471 – Program Planning Credits: (4)
  • HED 472 – Program Implementation and Evaluation Credits: (4)
  • HED 490 – Cooperative Education (Public Health Internship) Credits: (10)

Required Core Credits: 66

Students seeking the Population Health Specialization must complete a minimum of 24 credits from the following list of classes:

  • HED 209 – Consumer Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 210 – Drugs and Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 318 – The Politics of Food and Health Credits: (2)
  • HED 351 – Community Building Strategies for Public Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 370 – Contemporary Issues in Public Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 387 – Principles of Fitness and Stress Management Credits: (3)
  • HED 440 – Public Health Communication Credits: (3)
  • HED 448 – Sexual Health Credits: (3)
  • HED 475 – Community Health Administration Credits: (3)
  • NUTR 101 – Introduction to Human Nutrition Credits: (5)

Required Specialization Credits: 24

Total Major Credits: 90

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