PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION MAJOR

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This Major is housed in The Department of Public Health and Health Education

The undergraduate program in Public Health Education provides students with an array of health content courses and skills-based methods courses that prepare candidates to work in a variety of settings, including county and state health departments, disease-specific organizations, worksite wellness programs, non-governmental health agencies, and college health promotion programs.

The capstone experience, a 12-credit internship, provides candidates an opportunity to utilize knowledge and skills developed in courses within an established public health organization. Program faculty provide support to candidates in locating internship opportunities that complement career goals and interests.

The Public Health Education program prepares candidates to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam.

Recommended Courses in the Freshman Year

First Semester    

Second Semester

  • BIO 221 Survey of Anatomy & Physiology
    (may take sophomore year)
  • General Education courses
  • PSH 110 Principles of Psychology
  • General Education courses

Recommended Courses in the Sophomore Year

First Semester

Second Semester

  • BIO 221 (if not already taken)
  • PBH 302 Foundations of Health Education
  • General Education courses
  • PBH 317 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBH 488 Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Remaining General Education courses
  • PBH 303 Environmental Health

Prerequisite Courses

  • PBH 302 Foundations of Health Education
  • PBH 488 Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • PBH 317 Introduction to Public Health

Further Recommendations

Complete all prerequisite and General Education courses in the first four semesters. PBH 302 Foundations of Health Education, taken during the Sophomore year, is prerequisite to required major courses which will fill the junior and senior years.

The Department of Public Health and Health Education has a professional responsibility to deny admission or continuation in any of its undergraduate or graduate programs to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics do not adequately meet academic, professional or ethical standards.


Grade Requirement

Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each required course (PBH and all those courses taken outside of the department). A grade of “C-” is not acceptable. In addition, students must achieve a minimum overall 2.5 grade point average as a prerequisite to enrollment in any 400 level PBH courses.

Last Updated 5/7/19

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