Public Health Major (BS)

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Description

Undergraduate students in the Department of Public Health & Health Education can choose from one of two programs:

Admission to the Major

Any undergraduate student can declare a major within the Department of Public Health & Health Education.

The Public Health & Health Education faculty 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 or dispositions do not adequately meet academic, professional, or ethical standards.

Public Health

Description

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

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students in this program pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students enrolled in the Public Health program must earn a grade of "C" or higher (a grade of "C-" does not meet this requirement) in each required public health course (PBH courses) and each required course taken outside of the Department of Public Health & Health Education to complete this program. In addition, students must achieve a minimum 2.5 grade point average for all course work completed at Brockport to enroll in  PRO 496.

General Education Requirements (34-38 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (64-68 credits)

Required Courses Outside of Public Health and Health Education (7-11 credits)

  • PSH 110 Principles of Psychology*

Students should note that BIO 321 and BIO 322 have prerequisites.

Health-Related Content Courses (15 credits)

Candidates must complete 15 credits of content courses from the following list:

  • PBH 230 Public Health Strategies on College Campuses*
  • PBH 311 Nutrition
  • PBH 312 Mental Health
  • PBH 313 Introduction to Safety
  • PBH 314 Family Life
  • HCS 409 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • PBH 419 Human Sexuality*
  • PBH 450 Global Health*
  • PES 335 Physiology of Exercise and Sport

BIO 221 is a prerequisite for PES 335.

Required Public Health Education Core Courses (42 credits)

  • PBH 302 Foundations of Public Health Education
  • PBH 303 Environmental Health
  • PBH 317 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBH 320 Health Behavior Theory
  • PBH 410 Fundamentals of Healthcare and Policy*
  • PBH 488 Biostatistics and Epidemiology*

PBH 488 and PBH 302 are prerequisites for PBH 320

  • PBH 495 Health Research

PBH 317 and PBH 488 are prerequisites for PBH 495

  • PBH 492 Health Communication
  • PBH 493 Program Planning
  • PBH 460 Leadership in Public Health Education

PBH 492, PBH 493, and PBH 460 are taken during the fall semester of the senior year. PBH 302, PBH 317, and PBH 488 are prerequisites for these courses.

  • PRO 496 Practicum in Public Health Education

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (14-22 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

All Public Health Education requirements must be completed prior to completing PRO 496. Candidates must have a 2.5 Brockport GPA to enroll in PRO 496.

Consumer Health

Description

The 30-credit Consumer Health program within the Department of Public Health and Health Education is an approved academic major for students seeking Childhood Inclusive Education certification. The Consumer Health Concentration may also complement a related second major, such as Psychology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, or Women and Gender Studies.

The program consists of required core courses and content electives focused on various dimensions of health. Students interested in becoming a public health educator or sitting for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam should speak with an advisor about our professional program in Public Health Education.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students in this program pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each course applied to the major.

General Education Requirements (44 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (30 credits)

  • PBH 302 Foundations of Health Education
  • PBH 317 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBH 416 Consumer Health
  • PBH 488 Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • PBH 495 Health Research 

PBH 488 is a prerequisite for PBH 495

Health-Related Content Courses (15 credits)

Candidates must complete 15 credits of content courses from the following list:

  • PBH 230 Public Health Strategies on College Campuses*
  • PBH 303 Environmental Health
  • PBH 306 Contemporary Issues in Health*

PBH 306 is an upper-division writing course for the Inclusive Childhood Education Program.

  • PBH 311 Nutrition
  • PBH 312 Mental Health
  • PBH 313 Introduction to Safety
  • PBH 314 Family Life
  • PBH 402 Women's Health*
  • HCS 409 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • PBH 419 Human Sexuality*
  • PBH 426 HIV/AIDS: Issues and Implications*
  • PBH 450 Global Health*
    • PBH 450 is an upper-division writing course for the Inclusive Childhood Education Program.
    • PBH 488 is a prerequisite for PBH 450.
  • PBH 471 Childhood and Adolescent Stress
  • PBH 489 Epidemiology
  • PBH 490 Selected Topics in Health

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

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