Advisement for the major is available from the Public Health Program
Public Health, B.S. Curriculum Guide (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)
The Bachelor of Science in public health prepares students to work with individuals, groups and families in the worksite, health behavior organizations, university-based health services, wellness centers and employee health behavior programs at the local, state or federal level. The program includes a General Education experience, a required major core curriculum of courses, a 450-hour internship experience and completion of an approved minor. The public health major provides students the opportunity to pursue careers in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, health departments, pharmacies, grocery stores, private nursing homes, government agencies, voluntary health agencies, health maintenance organizations and worksites. Public health professionals carry out their mission through organized, interdisciplinary efforts that address the physical, mental and environmental health concerns of communities and populations at risk for disease and injury.
- Receive a C or better for all required major courses.
- All required major core courses must be completed before being admitted into the internship experience.
Students must formally apply to the Professional Program in Public Health. To be considered for the program, students must:
- Complete BIOL 215, BIOL 216, FTWL 106, HLTH 110, HLTH 225, MATH 155 and PSYC 101 with grades of C or better.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0, including transfer credits.
- Complete an application requesting formal admission to the Professional Program and show evidence of meeting the requirements for admission.
- Obtain written support from a program faculty member and program director.
- Applications for winter/spring admittance are sent out by September 15 and are due September 30.
- Applications for summer/fall admittance are sent out by February 15 and are due February 28.
This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.
University Undergraduate Major Policies
- Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
- Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
- All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
- Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
- Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
- Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
- It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
- Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.
General Education Requirements
Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.
Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)
A. C or Better in One of the Following
B. Select One Course From:
Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:
Group II: History (2 Courses)
A. Select One Course From:
B. Select One Course From:
Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)
A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:
B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:
C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)
- ART, COMM, DANC or THEA, MDFL, MUSC, PHIL, ANTH, CADR, ECON or FINA, EDFN, ENVR, Human GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI 3-4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 112 - Issues in the Social Sciences 4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 211 - Issues in the Humanities 4 Hour(s) Credit
Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)
A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:
BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:
B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:
C. Select One Course From:
MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:
Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)
General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major
IIIB (Social Science), IVA (Lab Science), IVB (Non Lab Science), IVC (Mathematics), V (Health Fitness)
Pre-Professional Program Required General Education & Core Requirements (26 Hours with a C or Better)
Professional Program (44 Hours with a C or Better)
Public Health Professional Experience (12 Hours)