Public Health (B.S.)

Public Health (B.S.)
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Protecting the health of everyone.

Public health promotes and protects the health of everyone in every community where they live, work and play. The overarching goal of public health is to reduce human suffering through improving the health of the public as a whole and achieving equity and justice in health status for all.

Public Health occupations work to promote and protect health where we live, learn, work and play. Courses build skills in health sciences, behavioral psychology, communication, planning, policy development and ethics. Students also have choices for a variety of enrichment areas.    Opportunities for Public Health careers are in both the public and private sectors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPH) have determined that public health workforce needs are increasing. The Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health degree can lead to advanced degrees in Health Care Administration, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Law and many other fields. The program blends easily with study abroad and with a variety of Minors.


Program Coordinator, Public Health
Phone: (603) 535-2578
Office: Health & Human Enrichment, Human Performance Center Rm 214C, MSC 22, Plymouth, NH 03264

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Curriculum & Requirements

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
PBH 2000Foundations of Public Health4
CM 3095Technical Communication (TECO,WRCO)4
AHS 3305Epidemiology and Evidence Based Medicine (GACO,QRCO,WRCO)4
PBH 3200Social and Behavioral Health Psychology (INCO,INCP)4
PBH 3400Program Planning for Public Health (WRCO)4
PBH 4000Ethics, Social Justice, and Policy in Public Health4
PBH 4200Guided Practice in Public Health4
Statistics Group
Complete one course from the following:3-4
MA 2300
Statistics I (QRCO)
PE 3565
Measurement and Assessment in Physical Education (QRCO,WRCO)
SS 3705
Social Statistics (QRCO)
Diversity Enrichment
Complete one course from the following:3-4
CJ 3157
Society, Ethics, and the Law (DICO)
SO 2225
Foundations of Sociology (DICO)
MGM 3450
Organizational Behavior & Team Development (DICO)
IS 4360
Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO,INCO,INCP)
PO 2025
Public Administration (DICO)
PY 3370
Ethics and Communication (DICO,INCO,INCP)
SO 3375
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (DICO)
HI 3351Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History (DICO)4
Complete two courses from the following:6-8
AN 2100
Foundations of Anthropology (GACO)
AN/SO 3130
Wealth and Poverty
ESP 3550
Environment and Health (WECO)
SO 3065
Social Problems
SO 3385
Drugs and Society (INCO,INCP)
SO 3505
Illness, Wellness, and Healing (INCO,INCP,WECO)
SO 3605
Sustainability in Practice (WECO)
SW 3300
Mental Health and Society (GACO)
SW 3500
Health and Society (GACO,WECO)
HI 3355
Health and Illness in American History (WECO)
SU 2111
Introduction to Sustainability Studies
GE 2050
GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (QRCO,TECO)
Health Enrichment
Complete 12 credits from AHS, EX, HE or NR. At least 6 credits must be from HE.12
General Education
EN 1400Composition4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
CTDICreative Thought Direction3-4
MAMathematics Foundations3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction3-4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI)3-4
Connections - if not completed above
GACOGlobal Awareness Connection0-4
INCOIntegration Connection
Total Credits120

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives).

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
PBH 2000 Foundations of Public Health 4
MAMathematics Foundations 3-4
CTDICreative Thought Direction
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
Elective 3-4
Year Two
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
Elective 4
Elective 4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
S/E: Social Environmental Enrichment Choice 4
Statistics Choice (QRCO) 3-4
Year Three
AHS 3305 Epidemiology and Evidence Based Medicine (GACO,QRCO,WRCO) 4
Social or Environmental Choice 3-4
Choice: Health Enrichment Choice 3-4
Elective 3-4
PBH 3200 Social and Behavioral Health Psychology (INCO,INCP) 4
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
Enrichment Choice (HE) 3-4
CM: Technical Communication 4
Year Four
PBH 3400 Program Planning for Public Health (WRCO) 4
PBH 4000 Ethics, Social Justice, and Policy in Public Health 4
Electives 7-8
PBH 4200
or PBH 4400
Guided Practice in Public Health
or Internship/Field Experience
INCPIntegrated Capstone 4
Electives 7-8
 Total Credits120

Academic advising recommendations: 

  • Audit accumulated credits each semester to carefully to ensure reaching appropriate totals at each year end.
  • For SIDI Series that support PH consider:
    • BIDI 1220 Biology Core Concepts: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
    • & BIDI 1320 Biology Core Concepts: Cells, Genes, and Biotechnology
    • BIDI 2010 Human Biology I & BIDI 2020 Human Biology II
    • PSDI 2030 Mind, Brain and Evolution
    • PSDI 2190 Quack Remedies, False Prophets and Unwarranted Claims
  • GEDI 1200 Environmental Geography

In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete the Public Health degree are able to:
  • Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  • Enforce policies and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  • Link people to needed resources and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  • Build capacity of communities to achieve health equity through community development and policy

From the American Public Health Association CareerMart newsletter, Bachelor of Science in Public Health students find jobs such as:
  • Serving as a Community Health Worker for clinics, hospitals, and healthcare agencies
  • Designing and implementing health promotion programs
  • Leading physical activity programs for clinics, wellness centers or communities
  • Serving as a program assistant with an international health organization
  • Carrying out health-related assessments at worksites or in communities
  • Working as a research assistant with a nonprofit organization or agency
  • Doing consulting work related to disease prevention
  • Working at a company that does health communication and health marketing
  • Conducting air quality sampling and surveying
  • Serving as a mentor or trainer for programs for children and/or youth
  • Designing and leading wellness programs in assisted living facilities for older adults
  • Working for international agencies to address public health issues in special populations

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