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Health Sciences, A.S.

Requirements

The Associate of Science (AS) in Health Sciences will provide students who are undecided on which health program they will pursue an opportunity to complete an AS degree that includes some of the prerequisites for the BS degrees in health profession programs offered by Utah Valley University (UVU), and many of the health degrees offered across the USHE system. This Associate of Science in Health Sciences will allow the student to continue their education at UVU and other USHE schools in the areas of biology, chemistry, exercise science, and other health and science BS degrees. The degree includes instruction in medical terminology, physiology, anatomy, and other areas that will give the students a realistic overview of the health sciences. The Associate of Science in Health Sciences is transferrable to other colleges and universities and can be used as the foundation for moving on to a variety of health related disciplines preparing students to become a health professional.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
Complete one of the following: 4
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) (4.0)
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries  (5.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877  (3.0)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3.0)
  HIST 1700 American Civilization  (3.0)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3.0)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage  (3.0)
  POLS 1100 American National Government  (3.0)
Complete the following:
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
 or PHIL 205G Ethics and Values  
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life  (2.0)
Distribution Courses
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  PHYS 1010 General Psychology 3
  BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
 or BIOL 1610 College Biology I (4.0)  
  CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry 3
 or CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4.0)  
  PHYS 1010 Elementary Physics 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 24 Credits
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
 and ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
 and ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
 or BESC 3010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0)  
Complete 12 credits from the following. Courses cannot be counted multiple times. 12
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I (4.0) (If not taken for GE)  
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory (1.0)  
  SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3.0)  
or PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span (3.0)  
  HLTH 1300 Medical Terminology I (2.0)  
  RESP 1540 Survey of Respiratory Therapy (1.0)  
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions (3.0)  
  MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Laboratory (1.0)  
  MICR 3450 General Microbiology (3.0)  
  MICR 3455 General Microbiology Laboratory (1.0)  
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I (4.0)  
  PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab (1.0)  
  PHYS 2020 College Physics II (4.0)  
  PHYS 2025 College Physics II Lab (1.0)  
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (4.0)  
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0)  
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II (4.0)  
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0)  
  PSY 3400 Abnormal Psychology (3.0)  
  ZOOL 4400 Pathophysiology (4.0)  
  Or other department approved courses

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours-- minimum of 20 credit hours though course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
PHIL 2050 of PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055
College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
Fine Arts   3
CHEM 1010 or CHEM 1100 Introduction to Chemistry or Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences 3
  Semester total: 18
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
PSY 1010 or SOC 1010 or PSY 1100 General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology or Human Development Life Span 3
BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1610
General Biology or College Biology I 3
PHYS 1010
Elementary Physics 3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 1000 or 1100 or HIST 1700 American Heritage or American National Government or American Civilization 3
ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
STAT 2040 or BESC 3010 Principles of Statistics or Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
Elective   3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
Elective   6
  Semester total: 13
  Degree total: 60

Department

Name: Public & Community Health
Location: Health Professions Building West Campus 987 S Geneva Rd Orem, UT
Telephone: 801-863-8651
Email: tcasanova@uvu.edu
Web Address: uvu.edu/publichealth/
Chair: Mary Brown
 
 

Mission Statement

The Department of Public and Community Health provides excellent, engaged learning experiences that will prepare successful students who are competent professionals serving the health needs of individuals, families, and communities.

 
 

Public & Community Health

  • Administrative Support: Taylor Casanova
  • Mail Stop: 170
  • Telephone: 801-863-8651
  • Email: tcasanova@uvu.edu
  • Advisor: Becca Brimhall
  • (AA/AS Community Health, BS Community Health - Community Health Education, Minor Community Health Education)
  • Office: HP 101c
  • Telephone: 801-863-6579
  • Email:  rebecca.brimhall@uvu.edu
  • Advisor: Kristie Dockstader
  • (BS Community Health - Health Services Administration, BS School Health Education, Minor School Health Education)
  • Office: HP 101b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6579
  • Email: kdockstader@uvu.edu


Courses in the Public and Community Health area of study lead to possible careers in community health education and promotion, school health, health care management, and other community health and human service administration.

Students in the Department of Public and Community Health may receive an Associate in Science or Arts with an emphasis in Community Health; an Associate in Science in Health Sciences; an Integrated Studies Bachelor of Science or Arts with a Community Health Emphasis; a Bachelor of Science in Community Health in one of the following areas: Community Health Emphasis, School Health Education Emphasis, Health Services Administration; or a Health Minor with an emphasis in Community Health Education or School Health Education.

The Public and Community Health program at UVU provides support courses for General Education, the Elementary Education program, and the Integrated Studies program. The department is committed to provide course work that will enable students to complete an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts Degree with a pre-major in Community Health, and that can be transferred to other institutions.

 
 

Faculty

Brian Barthel(1998)

Associate Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Health Science/Community Health, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Health Education, Southern Illinois University.

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James Bemel(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.S., Health Promotion, Weber State University; M.S., Public Health/Health Services Administration, Ph.D., Health Promotion & Education, University of Utah.

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Mary Brown(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Community Health, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Health Promotion & Education, University of Utah.

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Ruthann Cunningham(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.S., Fitness and Wellness Management, M.S., Exercise Science, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Health Science, A.T. Still University

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Matthew Flint(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.S., Spanish, Brigham Young University, M.H.Ed., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Health Education/Health Promotion, Oregon State University.

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Sarah Hall(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.A., English, M.P.S., Public Administration, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Global Health, Arizona State University.

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TeriSue Smith Jackson(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.S., Community Health, M.S., Public Health, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Health Promotion and Education, University of Utah.

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Merilee Larsen(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.S., Community Health, Utah Valley University; M.P.H., Health Education, Ph.D., Public Health, Loma Linda University.

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Lynley Murphy(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., Health Education, M.S., Health Services, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Health Promotion & Education, University of Utah.

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Robert Walsh(2002)

Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.S., Health Education, Brigham Young University; M.H.E., Health Education, Idaho State University; Ed.D., Health Education, University of Idaho.

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Blake Waters(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Public & Community Health
Faculty



B.U.S., Environmental Health, M.P.A., Public Administration, Ph.D., public Health University of Utah.

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