Core Courses


Bachelor of Public Health Core Courses


Students in the BPH program complete 36 credits of core courses.  The core courses required for ALL Bachelor of Public Health students are listed below.

You will find links to the most recent syllabi under the course descriptions.

HSC 3057 Research Methods and Issues in Health Science

Emphasizes four aspects of research: understanding research principles, evaluating journal articles, applying research findings to clinical settings and designing programmatic evaluation projects.

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HSA 3111 U.S. Health Care System

Overview of organization, delivery and financing of health services in the U.S. Topics include health professionals, health care facilities, financing of health services, managed care and current health policy issues.

HSC 3502 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 1

Overview of medical and psychosocial aspects of chronic diseases and disability.

HSC 4558 Survey of Disease and Disabilities 2

Overview of medical and psychosocial aspects of chronic diseases, including issues of disability management. This required course, combined with HSC 3502, covers all of the major disabling conditions.

PHC 4094 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Science and Public Health

Methods and public health applications for analysis of variance, correlation, simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, nonparametric and distribution-free statistical methods, and some basic concepts about survival analysis. Public health applications using statistical software. Writing data analysis reports.

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PHC 3440 Global Public Health

Critical links between global health and social and economic development. Discusses the burden of disease and how to measure this across countries. Focuses on low and middle income countries and the health of the poor.

PHC 3603 Critical Issues in Public Health

This course provides students the opportunity to learn multiple ways to view current controversial topics in public health. The course covers current public health topics encompassing biomedical issues, social and behavioral factors related to health, and the environment.

PHC 4024 Applied Epidemiology

Principles and methods of epidemiological investigation focusing on both infectious and noninfectious diseases. Emphasizes outbreak investigations, field epidemiology and epidemiology careers.

PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts

Introduces the basic tenets, applications and foci of public health, including integrating public health with other health professions.

PHC 4117 Public Health Management Leadership

Provides knowledge relevant to leading public health organizations while effectively managing and motivating employees. Includes organizational behavior and theories to examine management, leadership and application of skills in delivering public health programs.

PHC 4320 Environmental Health Concepts

Surveys major environmental health topics by examining sources, routes, media, and health associated with biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment. Introduces the economic and legal frameworks associated with environmental health issues and public health.

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PHC 4943 Service Learning Practicum 1

Covers development of the role of a public health and human services provider in an agency setting.