Bachelor of Science, Major in Public Health

Requirements: Students enrolled in the BS in Public Health program must maintain a SHSU GPA of 2.75 or higher. This minimum GPA requirement is mandated by the Council on Education of Public Health, the accrediting organization for public health education programs. The first semester a student earns a GPA below 2.75, he/she must meet with the BS in Public Health Program Coordinator to develop a plan of study to improve their GPA. The second semester a student earns a GPA below 2.75, she/he must declare a new major in the program areas of Health Sciences, Health Care Administration, Bilingual Health Care Studies, or another area that will allow students to enter the degree with a GPA below 2.75.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 33
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 44
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 2403Human Anatomy & Physiology I 2, 54
BIOL 2404Human Anatomy & Physiology II 54
CHEM 1406Inorganic & Envir Chemistry 24
or CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
FACS 2362Nutrition 63
KINE 2115Lifetime Health and Wellness 41
MATH 1314Pre Calculus Algebra 13
or MATH 1410 Elementary Functions
or MATH 1420 Calculus I
MATH 1342Elementary Statistics3
or MATH 1370 Intro Biomedical Statistics
or MATH 3379 Statistical Mthods in Practice
PSYC 1301Introduction To Psychology 33
Major
HLTH 1360Fund Hlth Promo & Hlth Careers (Freshman)3
HLTH 2383Multicultural Health Issues3
HLTH 2391Human Diseases3
HLTH 3350Principles of Public Health3
HLTH 3355US Health Care Systems3
HLTH 3360Epidemiology3
HLTH 3361Health Planning & Evaluation3
HLTH 3392Health Comm & Literacy3
HLTH 4380Global Health3
HLTH 4387Community Health3
HLTH 4390Environmental Health3
HLTH 4360Research Methods/Statistics3
HLTH 4393Prof Prep Health Careers 73
HLTH 4394Internship Program 73
Prescribed Electives
Select 26 hours of the following (9 hours must be 3000 or 4000 level):26
Environmental Science
Intro Applied Microbiology
Intro to Technical Writing (WE)
Lifestyle and Wellness
Health & Medical Terminology
Drug Use and Abuse
Safety Education
Family Life & Sex Education
Practicum
Interventions for Wellness
Health Care Policy
Health Informatics
Economics for Health Managers
Patient Navigation
Health Laws and Ethics
Problems in Health
Internship Program
Special Topics in Health
First Aid & CPR - Am Red Cross
Functional Kinesiology
Physiology Of Exercise
Managing Health Promotion in the Workplace
Directing Wellness Programs
Plane Trigonometry
General Physics Laboratory I
General Phy-Mechanics & Heat
Pol Ethnic Minorities & Gender
Public Administration
Abnormal Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Development Psychology
Principles Of Sociology
Sociology Of Health & Illness
Sociology Of Disaster
Child Abuse And Neglect
Or other courses approved by Department
SOCI 4338Social Gerontology3
Total Hours120

Notes

Consult current University catalog for questions concerning transfer courses and residency requirements.

BIOL 2402 requires a grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 2401 and CHEM 1406.

ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 are prerequisites for ENGL 3330 and satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communications).

FACS 3339 requires a prerequisite of FACS 3380.

HLTH 3350, HLTH 3361, HLTH 4387, requires 55 credit hours completed.

HLTH 3360 requires a prerequisite of MATH 1342MATH 1370, MATH 3379 or STAT 3379

HLTH 3392 requires the prerequisites of HLTH 1360.

HLTH 4360, HLTH 4363, HLTH 4365, HLTH 4380, HLTH 4390KINE 3373 require Junior Standing.

HLTH 3392 requires the prerequisites of HLTH 1360.

HLTH 4375 requires a prerequisite of HLTH 1360, HLTH 3355, Senior standing.

HLTH 4393 requires a prerequisite of the completion of 12 hours of HLTH.

HLTH 4394 requires a prerequisite of HLTH 4393 with a C or better.

KINE 3362 requires a prerequisite of BIOL 2401 or BIOL 2403 and 60 credit hours.

MATH 3379 requires 3 hours of completed course work in college Math.

PHYS 1301 has a prerequisite of MATH 1410 or MATH 1316 or MATH 1420 with a grade of “C” or higher for the course.MATH 1316 and MATH 1410 satisfy the 3 hours of Math required for the Core Competency Area II.

POLS 3366 requires a prerequisite of POLS 2305.

PSYC 3331 requires 3 hours of completed coursework in Psychology.

PSYC 3333 requires 3 hours of completed course work in Psychology and 4 hours of completed course work in Biology or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3365 requires a prerequisite of SOCI 1301 or SOCI 2319 which satisfies 3 hours of the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

SOCI 4338 requires a prerequisite of  SOCI 1301 or SOCI 2319 which satisfies 3 hours of the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 240314Component Area IV3
CHEM 1406 or 141114ENGL 130223
ENGL 130123HIST 130153
KINE 211531MATH 1342, 1370, or 33793
MATH 1314, 1410, or 142043 
 15 12
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 240414Component Area IX3
HIST 130253FACS 23623
HLTH 13603HLTH 238373
HLTH 23913POLS 230663
POLS 230563Prescribed Elective83
PSYC 130173 
 19 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area V3HLTH 33613
HLTH 33503HLTH 43803
HLTH 33553HLTH 43873
HLTH 33603HLTH 43903
HLTH 33923HLTH 439393
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HLTH 43603HLTH 43943
Prescribed Electives812Prescribed Electives811
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
Prescribed Elective Courses 8
BIOL 1401Environmental Science4
BIOL 2420Intro Applied Microbiology4
ENGL 3330Intro to Technical Writing3
HLTH 1366Lifestyle and Wellness3
HLTH 2372Health & Medical Terminology3
HLTH 3380Drug Use and Abuse3
HLTH 3385Safety Education3
HLTH 3390Family Life & Sex Education3
HLTH 4117Practicum1
HLTH 4360Research Methods/Statistics3
HLTH 4363Interventions for Wellness3
HLTH 4365Health Care Policy3
HLTH 4366Health Informatics3
HLTH 4367Economics for Health Managers3
HLTH 4371Patient Navigation3
HLTH 4375Health Laws and Ethics3
HLTH 4392Problems in Health3
HLTH 4395Special Topics in Health3
KINE 2330First Aid & CPR - Am Red Cross3
KINE 3362Functional Kinesiology3
KINE 3373Physiology Of Exercise3
KINE 4361Managing Health Promotion in the Workplace3
KINE 4365Directing Wellness Programs3
MATH 1316Plane Trigonometry3
PHYS 1101General Physics Laboratory I1
PHYS 1301General Phy-Mechanics & Heat3
POLS 3335Pol Ethnic Minorities & Gender3
POLS 3366Public Administration3
PSYC 3331Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 3333Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 3374Development Psychology3
SOCI 1301Principles Of Sociology3
SOCI 3365Sociology Of Health & Illness3
SOCI 4334Sociology Of Disaster3
SOCI 4338Social Gerontology3
VCST 4338Child Abuse And Neglect3

 Notes

Consult current University catalog for questions concerning transfer courses and residency requirements.

BIOL 2402 requires a grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 2401 and CHEM 1406.

ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 are prerequisites for ENGL 3330 and satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communications).

FACS 3339 requires a prerequisite of FACS 3380.

HLTH 3350HLTH 3361HLTH 4387, requires 55 credit hours completed.

HLTH 3360 requires a prerequisite of MATH 1342 MATH 1369, MATH 1370MATH 3379 or STAT 3379

HLTH 3392 requires the prerequisites of HLTH 1360.

HLTH 4360HLTH 4363HLTH 4364, HLTH 4365HLTH 4380HLTH 4390KINE 3373 require Junior Standing.

HLTH 3392 requires the prerequisites of HLTH 1360.

HLTH 4375 requires a prerequisite of HLTH 1360HLTH 3355, Senior standing.

HLTH 4393 requires a prerequisite of the completion of 12 hours of HLTH.

HLTH 4394 requires a prerequisite of HLTH 4393 with a C or better.

KINE 3362 requires a prerequisite of BIOL 2401 or BIOL 2403 and 60 credit hours.

MATH 3379 requires 3 hours of completed course work in college Math.

PHYS 1301 has a prerequisite of MATH 1410 or MATH 1316 or MATH 1420 with a grade of “C” or higher for the course.MATH 1316 and MATH 1410 satisfy the 3 hours of Math required for the Core Competency Area II.

POLS 3366 requires a prerequisite of POLS 2305. POLS 2305.

PSYC 3331 requires 3 hours of completed coursework in Psychology.

PSYC 3333 requires 3 hours of completed course work in Psychology and 4 hours of completed course work in Biology or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 3365 requires a prerequisite of SOCI 1301 or SOCI 2319 which satisfies 3 hours of the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

SOCI 4338 requires a prerequisite of  SOCI 1301 or SOCI 2319 which satisfies 3 hours of the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Public Health is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  •    Participate in a proactive manner the day-to-day tasks of public health organizations.
  •    Conduct data collection and analysis to investigate public health issues.
  •    Participate in public health fieldwork requiring cultural competency skills.
  •    Develop public health program plans to meet the needs of at-risk populations.
  •    Act as a resource specialist for public health outreach.
  •    Demonstrate effective public health communications to diverse populations.

These competencies are outlined in the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals.