Example Upper Division Electives


A minimum of 24 hours of electives is required.

Bachelor of Public Health: Examples of Specialty Electives (6 – 9 credits)

Students have the ability to take courses outside of the College of Public Health & Health Professions. We encourage students to take advantage of double-majoring, or incorporating minors or certificates into the BPH curriculum. The courses below are only EXAMPLES of specialty electives, however, students can choose to incorporate others.

Community Health Promotion

  • HSC 3032 Foundations of Health Education: Theory and practice in the health education profession. (Credits: 3)
  • HSC 3201 Community and Environmental Health: Surveys community health organizations and contemporary health issues such as population growth, environment, poverty, medical care and disease. (Credits: 3)
  • HSC 4713 Planning and Evaluating Health Education Programs: Frameworks, principles and strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion interventions. (Credits: 3)

Community Nutrition

  • DIE 3310 Community Nutrition: The role of nutrition in promoting, maintaining and improving health in the community. Investigation of traditional aspects of the emerging health delivery systems, as well as entrepreneurial ventures in wellness. Study the financial, legislative, political, sociological, and scientific aspects of public and community health. (Credits: 3)
  • HUN 3403 Nutrition through the Life Cycle: Nutritional needs and concerns throughout stages of the life cycle including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, adolescence, adulthood, and aging; socioeconomic, cultural and psychological influences on food and nutrition behavior. (Credits: 2)
  • ANT 3467 Food and Culture: The role of food in human culture through time and in different geographical settings. Among topics considered are the biological basis of human diet and how it differs from other primates; how food habits develop and change as a result of cultural interaction; and the ritual and religious uses of food. Diets of traditional cultures and the effects of modernization on diet and health are examined. (Credits: 3)

Environmental Science

  • EVS 3000 Environmental Science: Interactions of humans and their environments, Earth’s resources, pollution and environmental management. (Credits: 3)
  • EVS 3000L Environmental Science Lab: Hands-on experience in data collection and analysis for environmental science and management. (Credits: 1)
  • SWS 4550 Soils, Water, and Public Health: Important instances where soil and water science and public health overlap. Students develop skills required for competency in both disciplines. (Credits: 3)

Food Safety

  • FOS 4202 Food Safety and Sanitation: Lectures, discussions, demonstrations and field trips concerning microbial, chemical and biological safety of food, principles of sanitation for the food processing, food service and retail food industries. (Credits: 2)
  • FOS 4222 Food Microbiology (seating limited): ources and types of biological contamination and its control during harvesting, processing and storage of foods; food fermentation; biotechnology sanitation; HACCP methods used to examine foods for microbial content. (Credits 3 to 4)

Plus ONE of the following:

  • FOS 3042 Introductory Food Science: Commodities selected for human consumption and the methods used by food technologists to prolong shelf life, retard spoilage and ensure quality. Principles upon which the various processing methodologies are based. (Credits: 3)
  • FOS 4222L Food Microbiology Lab: (concurrent or previous registration in FOS 4222) Methods to enumerate microorganisms in foods. (Credits: 2)
  • FOS 4731 Government Regulations and the Food Industry: Government laws regulating food wholesomeness; food handling, processing and distribution under sanitary conditions; food ingredients and labeling of food products. (Credits: 2)

International Economic Development

  • AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics: Introduces the field of food and resource economics, the principles of economics as applied to agriculture, and the economic problems of the agricultural industry and the individual farmer. (Credits: 4)
  • AEB 4282 International Humanitarian Assistance: Emergency assistance to developing countries to minimize losses and affect recovery. Includes legal/ethical bases; program designs promoting recovery, rather than dependence; cultural issues, including gender; and technical aspects. (Credits: 3)
  • AEB 4283 International Development Policy: Studies how factors such as poverty, population, technology, resources, trade and the environment affect man’s effort to develop. The roles of the public and private sectors are discussed as well as the process of policy formulation and implementation. Emphasizes the agricultural sector and its role in process of economic development, especially in countries where problems of hunger, demographic pressure and poverty are pervasive. (Credits: 3)

International Issues in Food and Agriculture

  • AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics: Introduces the field of food and resource economics, the principles of economics as applied to agriculture, and the economic problems of the agricultural industry and the individual farmer. (Credits: 4)
  • AEB 3671 Comparative World Agriculture: Studies the business and economic situations of the food and agriculture sector around the world. Focuses on the historical development, the current situation and the future outlook of the food and agriculture sector. (Credits: 3)
  • AEB 4242 International Trade Policy in Agriculture: Explores the role of international trade policy in agriculture and examines the effects of trade policies on domestic and international prices, consumption, production, trade and government revenues. Addresses impact of current trade issues on the agricultural sector. (Credits: 3)

Social Aspects of Disability

  • EEX 3093 Exceptional People in School and Society: Persons with disabilities and people from other diverse groups and the services they need from school and society for success. Consideration of the abilities, causes and educational implications. (Credits: 3)
  • EEX 3097 Social Perspectives on Disability: Covers issues relevant to people with disabilities, their families and others with whom they have contact through community, employment or other settings. Specifically, historical views of people with disabilities and current disability-related issues are examined. Provides a framework for understanding disabilities and disability-related issues within cultural contexts. (Credits 3)
  • EEX 4280 Disabilities in Community and Employment: In-depth look at aspects of the community and work experiences for adults with disabilities and the individuals who interact with them. Effective practices that foster accepting and supportive environments that ensure successful life outcomes are discussed. (Credits: 3)
  • EEX 4520 Disabilities: Legal Aspects and Policies: Development and enactment of laws and policies designed to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act is examined as well as other significant legislation contributing to policies affecting this population. Students will examine disability legislation/policy on local, state, national and international levels. (Credits: 3)
  • RCS 4451 Rehabilitation Aspects of Substance Abuse: Rehabilitation counseling implications of alcohol and drug use in society and the work place. Emphasis on detection, treatment and follow-up services for individuals in the rehabilitation process. (Credits: 3)

Soil and Water Science

  • SWS 4550 Soils, Water, and Public Health: Important instances where soil and water science and public health overlap. Students develop skills required for competency in both disciplines. (Credits: 3)
  • SWS 4180 Earth System Analysis: Analysis of global-scale interdependences between climate, biogeochemical cycles and humans using a systems approach. (Credits: 3)
  • SWS 4231C Soil, Water, and Land Use: Suitabilities/limitations of soils for different uses; using soil surveys and related information to plan use/management of land; behavior of water in soils/landscapes; policies for and implications of water allocation among urban, agricultural and natural resource uses. (Credits: 3)
  • SWS 4245 Water Resource Sustainability: (offered every other spring) The quantitative effects of human impacts on hydrologic ecosystems (aquifers, watersheds, coastal zones, lakes and wetlands). Case studies illustrate detrimental effects of unsustainable resource utilization and beneficial management strategies. (Credits: 3)
  • SWS 4307 Ecology of Waterborne Pathogens: Survival strategies, gene regulation and metabolism of waterborne pathogens. Methods for microbe detection and control. (Credits: 3)
  • SWS 4720C GIS in Soil and Water Science: Basic, practical understanding of GIS concepts, technical issues and applications to soil and water science using ArcGIS geographic information system. (Credits: 3)
  • SWS 4800 Environmental Soil and Water Monitoring Techniques: Introduces students to the principles, objectives and practices in environmental monitoring. Students will learn the proper techniques in planning for monitoring projects, sampling design, sample collection, basic principles of laboratory analysis and basic data analysis. Quality assurance and quality control requirements are introduced and emphasized. (Credits: 3)

Global Leadership

  • ALS 2410 Challenge 2050: Global Uncertainty: Explores questions in human well-being and sustainability building a foundation for addressing global challenges associated with global population. Transdisciplinary experts lead diverse and innovative discussions, complex adaptive problem solving; and the integration of economic, environmental, food, health, and social system perspectives. (Credits: 3)
  • ALS 3415 Challenge 2050: Developing Tools for Changing the World: The global population is projected to exceed 9 billion by the year 2050. Challenge 2050 requires innovative development of transdisciplinary solutions to complex, global issues. This course explores individual and team-based skills, competencies, and dispositions necessary to addressing the complex adaptive issues surrounding the challenge. (Credits: 3)
  • ALS 3940 Challenge 2050: The Experience: Emphasizes trust building, accompaniment, and community development experiences within developing global contexts. Uses immersion experience to gain an understanding for concerns relating to population fluctuation, including issues related to economics, environment, food, health, and social systems. International immersion facilitates applying sustainable practices in developing areas. (Credits: 3)
  • ALS 4419 Challenge 2050: Creating Solutions: Through this capstone experience course, students demonstrate and apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions in assigned transdisciplinary teams. Students complete a comprehensive proposal for a developmental initiative focused on addressing the 2050 Challenge of sustaining a global population. (Credits: 1)

Nonprofit Organizations

  • FYC 4408 Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits: Examines the challenges for nonprofit leaders, incorporating leadership theories as they apply to these organizations. Equips students with the leadership skills needed to lead nonprofit organizations. (Credits: 3)
  • FYC 4409 Working with Nonprofits Organizations in Community Settings: Overview of nonprofit organizations, their functions and purpose, how they are organized and operate, and the basic structure of an incorporated nonprofit. (Credits: 3)
  • FYC 4410 Fundraising for Community Nonprofit Organizations: Contemporary fund raising practices in the nonprofit sector applied to community organizations.