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Public Health, B.S.

Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares students to serve as effective and competent public health professionals. Public health graduates are equipped with knowledge to help individuals, families, and communities improve and maintain healthy lifestyles. Students will be prepared to assess, plan, implement, manage, and evaluate public health programs. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in health behavior theory, data collection and analysis, social determinants of health, communication and marketing, policy and advocacy, and ethics. Students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam. Public health professionals work in government, private, and nonprofit sectors. Employment settings include healthcare facilities, hospitals, state and local health departments, businesses, worksite wellness programs, schools, universities, and a variety of nonprofit organizations. The public health program at UVU includes 116 credits of coursework and four credits of internship experience for a total of 120 credit hours.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:  

In order to be matriculated into the 'Public Health' program, students must:

  1. Complete ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005, ENGL 2010; BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1610; ZOOL 1090; and HLTH 3200 and MATH 1050 or 1055 or STAT 1040 or 1045 with a minimum grade of C- or higher (with the exception of ENGH 1005 requires a grade of C or higher) and a GPA of 2.5 in these courses.
  2. Have an overall GPA of 2.50.
  3. Submit a copy of your Personal Philosophy of Health.
  4. Submit a copy of your one-, five- and 10-year professional goals.

Students will be required to complete the catalog requirements in effect for the semester in which matriculation is granted.

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Context (5)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: MATH 1050, MATH 1055 , STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 3
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3)
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5)
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4) 
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877  (3)
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3)
  HIST 1700 American Civilization  (3)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage  (3)
  POLS 1100 American National Government  (3)
Complete the following:
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life  (2)
Distribution Courses
  BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
 or BIOL 1610 College Biology I (4)  
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 1 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 59 Credits
  ZOOL 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
  NUTR 1020 Foundations of Human Nutrition 3
  HLTH 2600 Drugs Behavior and Society 3
  HLTH 3200 Principles of Community Health 3
  HLTH 3220 Foundations of Health Education 3
  HLTH 3230 Professional Development for Community Health 3
  HLTH 3260 Theory-Based Approaches to Modifying Health Behavior 3
  HLTH 3400 Human Diseases 3
  HLTH 3450 Public Health and the Environment 3
  HLTH 350G International Health 3
 or HLTH 440G Health and Diversity (3)  
  HLTH 3600 Social Marketing 3
  HLTH 3700 Grant Writing WE (3)
or HLTH 4600 Research Methods for Community Health WE 3
  HLTH 3750 Biostatistics for Public Health 3
  HLTH 3800 Epidemiology 3
  HLTH 4140 Community Health Assessment and Program Development WE 3
  HLTH 4160 Program Implementation and Evaluation WE 3
  HLTH 4250 Public Health Organization and Policy WE  3
  HLTH 4300 Community Health Ethics 3
  HLTH 482R Community Health Internship (1) 4
  HLTH 4950 Senior Capstone 1
Complete 12 credits from the following, at least 6 of which must be upper division) 12
  HLTH 1200 First Aid (3)  
  HLTH 1300 Medical Terminology I (3)
  HLTH 2000 Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Weight Management (3)
  HLTH 2200 Introduction to Health Professions (3)
  HLTH 2400 Concepts of Stress Management (3)
  HLTH 2800 Human Sexuality (3)
  HLTH 3000 Health Concepts of Death and Dying (3)
  HLTH 3240 Womens Health Issues (3)
  HLTH 3300 Health Promotion for Older Adults (3)
  HLTH 4500 Healthcare Administration (3)  
  HLTH 4720 CHES Preparation (1)  
  HLTH 490R Special Topics in Public Health (1)
  NUTR 2020 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (3)  
  PSY 2300 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Elective Requirements 14
Any course 1000 or higher (may include courses counting toward a minor) 14

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits with a minimum of 40 upper-division credits. A minimum of at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours must be earned at UVU.
  2. Overall GPA 0f 2.50 or above with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and no grade lower than a C- in all required and elective courses.
  3. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  4. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.
Footnote:
1- HLTH 2800 recommended.

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 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Writing or Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
American Institutions see catalog 3
Fine Arts see catalog 3
Physical Science see catalog 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010   Intermediate Writing 3
HLTH 2600 Drugs, Behavior, and Society 3
MATH 1050/1055 or STAT 1040/STAT 1045 College Algebra or Introduction to Statistics (specific for matriculation into the Public Health program) 3
NUTR 1020 Foundations of Nutrition 3
Social Science see catalog (HLTH 2800 - Human Sexuality Recommended) 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1010 or BIOL 1610 General Biology or College Biology I 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Humanities see catalog 3
Third Science see catalog 3
HLTH 3200   Principles of Community Health  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
ZOOL 1090    Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 3
Electives   6
Unrestricted electives see catalog 6
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
HLTH 3230 Professional Development for Community Health 3
HLTH 3260 Theory-Based Approaches to Modifying Health Behavior 3
HLTH 3400 Human Diseases 3
HLTH 3450 Public Health & the Environment 3
unrestricted electives see catalog 2
HLTH 3220   Foundations of Health Education 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
HLTH 3700 or HLTH 4600 Grant Writing WE or Research Methods for Community Health WE 3
HLTH 3800 Epidemiology 3
HLTH 4140 Community Health Assessment and Program Development WE 3
Unrestricted elective see catalog 6
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
HLTH 350G or 440G International Health or Health & Diversity 3
HLTH 3750 Biostatistics 3
HLTH 4160 Program Implementation and Evaluation WE 3
HLTH 4250 Public Health Organization and Policy WE 3
HLTH 4300 Community Health Ethics 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
HLTH 3600 Social Marketing 3
Upper Division HLTH Elective HLTH 4720 CHES Prep HIGHLY Recommended or one of the following: HLTH 3000, HLTH 3240, HLTH 3300, HLTH 4500, HLTH 490R 3
HLTH 482R Internship 4
Upper Division HLTH Elective HLTH 4720 CHES Prep HIGHLY Recommended or one of the following: HLTH 3000, HLTH 3240, HLTH 3300, HLTH 4500, HLTH 490R 3
HLTH 4950 Senior Capstone 1
  Semester total: 14
  Degree total: 120

Department

Public Health

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