Community and Public Health

Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science | Minor

Overview

The Community and Public Health major seeks to improve human health by applying knowledge from multiple disciplines to develop an understanding of public health. Their understanding is grounded scientifically, but with due consideration to human rights and cultural perspectives that characterize our multi-cultural citizenry.

Students majoring in Community and Public Health can choose from three tracks: Healthcare management (B.A.)*, Community Health and Education (B.A.), or Public Health (B.S.). The Healthcare management track will prepare students for careers in management within hospitals or other healthcare organizations; the Community Health and Education track will be most appropriate for students planning careers in health education or advocacy; the Public Health track will prepare students for allied health graduate programs.

The Community and Public Health major has a strong experiential learning component. All students participate in an extensive and reflective service learning project in a hospital, community health clinic, state agency, or non-profit organization as well as in a structured leadership experience in which they identify, examine, develop, and implement a plan of assistance which addresses a significant community health issue.

* Pending SACSCOC approval.

Students’ Involvement

Students in Public Heath have been heavily involved with a variety of community organizations including the Columbia YMCA, Walgreens Pharmacy, the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, and the Columbia Free Clinic. They are also very active on campus with participation in such initiative as, re-painting the Humphries Fitness Trail (also known as the Humphries Koala Mile), organizing health education session on topics such as autism, alcohol use, nutrition, or being member of health related committees.

B.A. in Community and Public Health

Major Courses (30-32 semester hours)

  • PUBH 111 Introduction to Public Health (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 112 Global Patterns and Policies in Public Health (3 s.h.)
    PUBH 120 Human Health and Epidemiology (4 s.h.)
  • PUBH 261 Personal Health and Wellness (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 270A Public Health in Action (1-3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 364 Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 370LS Leadership in Public Health (1 s.h.)
  • PUBH 430 Management, Ethics, and Law in Healthcare (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 123 Medical Terminology (3 s.h.)
  • CFS 205 Introduction to Theories of Child Development or PSY 203- Human Growth and Development (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 230-Health Communication (3 s.h.)

Specified Electives

(These courses may be used to satisfy general education requirements, or requirements for a minor or a second major.)

  • BIO 105 Human Biology or 130- Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 s.h.)
  • Math 140 Elementary Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology or SOC 151- Introductory Sociology (3 s.h.)
  • DAN 118 Somatic Techniques I (1 s.h.)

Choose one track (15 semester hours):

Healthcare Management Track

  • BUS 202 Principles of Management (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 203 Principles of Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 264 Accounting Fundamentals (3 s.h.)
  • ECON 224 Economics: Principles and Practices (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 380 Information Technology in Healthcare

Community Health and Education Track

  • POSC 250 Public Policy (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 262 Human Sexuality or PSY 210- Psychology of Sexual Behavior (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 263 Drug Education or PSY 240- Drugs, Behavior, and Society (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 268 Ethnic and Minority Groups or PSY 254- Understanding Diversity and Inclusion (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 390DD Health Psychology (3 s.h.)

B.S. in Community and Public Health

Major Courses (30-32 semester hours)

  • PUBH 111 Introduction to Public Health (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 112 Global Patterns and Policies in Public Health (3 s.h.)
    PUBH 120 Human Health and Epidemiology (4 s.h.)
  • PUBH 261-Personal Health and Wellness (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 270A Public Health in Action (1-3sh)
  • PUBH 364 Nutrition (3 s.h.)
  • PUBH 370LS Leadership in Public Health (1sh)
  • PUBH 430 Management, Ethics, and Law in Healthcare (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 123 Medical Terminology (3 s.h.)
  • CFS 205 Introduction to Theories of Child Development or PSY 203- Human Growth and Development (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 230 Health Communication (3 s.h.)

Public Health Track (16 semester hours)

  • BIO 226 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 265 Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 326-Anatomy and Physiology II (4 s.h.)
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)

Specified Electives

(These courses may be used to satisfy general education requirements, or requirements for a minor or a second major.)

  • BIO 110 Biological Science (4 s.h.)
  • Math 140 Elementary Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology or SOC 151- Introductory Sociology (3 s.h.)
  • DAN 118 Somatic Techniques I (1 s.h.)

Minor in Public Health Science and Delivery

The minor in Public Health Science and Delivery allows students from multiple disciplines to acquire further knowledge and to develop additional skills that can be applied and utilized in a community health care setting. Students are given an opportunity to apply the various concepts from their major area of study to a health advocacy program aimed at enhancing public health practices.  The minor includes a capstone experience that can be integrated into the student’s requirements for their major.

Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science | Minor