Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Bachelor of Science in Public Health Mission and Values Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program seeks to fulfil the Department of Public Health Science's vision "Healthy People. Healthy Places. Healthy Communities."  The mission is to develop leaders in practice and research who advance the public's health.  The program values collaboration, community engagement, diversity, innovation, professionalism, health equity, and social justice in its pursuit of attaining the highest possible standards of health and well-being.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners with knowledge and skills in the core concepts of public health including health behavior, research and statistics in health, environmental health, epidemiology, and health administration, as well as in the planning, evaluation, organization, and conduct of community and public health services.  The planned course of study adopts an interdisciplinary focus and includes the development of tailored skills through the successful completion of a minor, electives, and experiential learning. 

The degree will prepare students who are interested in pursuing health-related careers in health promotion, program delivery; health communication, community organization, and behavior change for entry-level to mid-level positions in service and research in health departments, public health agencies, community-based organizations, outreach education programs, hospitals, private health organizations, and corporate wellness settings.  The BSPH program is designed to appeal to students with interests in “population” rather than “individual” health.

 

Overview

The Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at UNC Charlotte offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH). The UNC Charlotte BSPH Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

What is Public Health?
Public health is the science and art of promoting health, preventing disease and injury, and prolonging life through organized efforts of society.

What can you do with a BSPH degree?
The BSPH coursework will provide students with a solid foundation in the core disciplines of public health (health behavior, epidemiology, administration, environmental health, and biostatistics), and the internship and capstone experiences will allow students to integrate and demonstrate their knowledge and analytical skills in research and practice settings.

The BSPH prepares students for work in entry-level to mid-level positions in a variety of settings including health-related agencies, hospitals, local and state public health departments, academic research centers and institutes, corporate disease management and wellness programs, non-profit agencies, and healthcare businesses and industries. Continued study in the Department of Public Health Sciences is also an option for those interested in graduate degrees in Public Health or Health Administration.

Students completing the BSPH program will meet the requirements needed to sit for the nationally recognized Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. For more information about CHES certification, visit NCHEC.

Degree Requirements: Pre-Public Health Major (PRPH)

(Guidelines for Freshman and Sophomore Years)

Applicants who satisfy freshman or transfer requirements for admission to the University and are interested in the BSPH can declare the Pre-Public Health Major (PRPH). It includes a combination of 70-75 hours of courses that fulfills the UNC Charlotte General Education requirements; declaration of a minor; and serves as preparatory coursework for the Public Health major (BSPH).

General Education Courses (31-34 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program

Foundation Courses (15 credit hours)

Prerequisite Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • HLTH 2101 - Healthy Lifestyles (3)
  • HLTH 3101 - Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • HLTH 4280 - Global Health Issues (3)

Health-Related Communication Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two of the following:

  • COMM 1101 - Public Speaking (3)
  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
  • COMM 2105 - Small Group Communication (3)
  • COMM 2107 - Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • COMM 3115 - Health Communication (3)
  • COMM 3130 - Communication and Public Advocacy (3)
  • COMM 3135 - Leadership, Communication, and Group Dynamics (3)
  • COMM 3141 - Organizational Communication (3)

Minor Courses (15-26 credit hours)

Choose any minor on campus except the Minor in Public Health.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed for the above courses to add up to 70-75 credit hours total.  Study abroad courses are included.

Suggested Pre Public Health Curriculum

Year 1
Fall
HLTH 2101
Science with Lab
Math XXXX
Social Science
ENGL 1101
LBST 1100
Spring
HLTH 3101
STAT 1222
ENGL 1102
Science with or without Lab
LBST 2101

Year 2
Fall
COMM 1101
LBST 2102
Health related COMM
Minor course
Spring
COMM 2100
LBST 2210
Health related COMM elective
Minor course

 
The Pre-Public Health Advising Checklist can be used as a reference to develop schedules each semester.

For information about the Pre-Public Health program and preparing for the BSPH major contact:

Ms. Na'Cole Wilson
CHHS Advising Center
CHHS 103
College of Health and Human Services
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Phone: 704‑687‑7923
Fax: 704‑687‑1655
Email: nwilso44@uncc.edu

Admission Requirements for Public Health Major

You must apply for admission into the Public Health (BSPH) Major. To be eligible, you must have completed 60 hours including COMM 1101, HLTH 2101, HLTH 3101, Quantitative courses (6 hrs), Science courses (7 hrs), and Social Science courses (3 hrs), by the time you begin the BSPH Major. You can apply for the BSPH Major, whether or not you ever declared the PRPH Major.

*NOTE: Students will complete any remaining Pre-Public Health courses when admitted to the Public Health Major.

Application Instructions:

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are due by the second Friday in February of each year. Admissions only occur for fall semesters so applications should be submitted the spring semester prior to eligibility to begin the Public Health Major in the fall semester. Admission into the BSPH Major is competitive and based on a minimum GPA of 2.5 and application for admission. The number of students admitted each fall is limited.

Applications for admission include:

  • BSPH Admissions Application
  • Unofficial transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Statement of Interest (see BSPH Admissions Application)

Public Health Major (BSPH)

The Public Health Major is a structural program that includes 50 hrs of courses (Core Courses-32 hrs, Culture & Health Electives - 6 hrs, Health Related Electives- 12 hrs) that are designed to meet the criteria established by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for accreditation of public health degree programs. Students completing the curriculum will be eligible to sit for the nationally-recognized Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Most courses are taught between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Degree Requirements: Public Health Major (BSPH)

(Guidelines for Junior and Senior Years)

The Public Health major includes 50credit hours of courses that are designed to meet the criteria established by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for accreditation of public health degree programs. Students completing the curriculum will be eligible to sit for the nationally-recognized Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Major Courses (32 credit hours)

  • HLTH 3102 - Comparative Healthcare Systems (3)
  • HLTH 3103 - Behavior Change Theories and Practice (3)
  • HLTH 3104 - Research and Statistics in Health (3)
  • HLTH 3104L - Research and Statistics in Health LAB (1)
  • HLTH 3105 - Public Health Education and Promotion (3)
  • HLTH 4102 - Healthcare Administration (3)
  • HLTH 4103 - Environmental Health: A Global Perspective (3)
  • HLTH 4104 - Epidemiology (3)
  • HLTH 4105 - Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
  • HLTH 4105L - Program Planning and Evaluation Lab (1)
  • HLTH 4400 - Internship (3)
  • HLTH 4600 - Capstone (3)

Restricted Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

Culture and Health Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two of the following:

  • AFRS 3261 - Psychology of the Black Experience (3)
  • ANTH 3122 - Culture, Health, and Disease (3)
  • or  ANTH 3222 - Culture, Health, and Disease (3)
  • HLTH 3115 - Health and the Aging Process (3)
  • or  GRNT 3115 - Health and the Aging Process (3)
  • HLTH 4260 - Women: Middle Age and Beyond (3)
  • or  GRNT 4260 - Women: Middle Age and Beyond (3)
  • or  WGST 4260 - Women: Middle Age and Beyond (3)
  • NURS 4191 - Women's Health Issues (3)
  • or  WGST 4191 - Women's Health Issues (3)

Health-Related Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Select four of the following:

  • AFRS 4630 - Environmental and Public Health in Africa (3)
  • COMM 3115 - Health Communication (3)
  • ECON 3141 - Health Economics (3)
  • KNES 3260 - Nutrition for the Physically Active (3)
  • KNES 4130 - Applied Nutrition (3)
  • POLS 3125 - Healthcare Policy (3)
  • PHIL 3230 - Healthcare Ethics (3)
  • SOCY 4130 - Sociology of Health and Illness (3)
  • SOCY 4168 - Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (3)
  • Any HLTH 3000-level or 4000-level course, except HLTH 3101  or HLTH 4280  (3)
  • Any 3000- or 4000-level health-related study abroad course 3 Credit hours

Degree Total = 120-125 Credit Hours

Students should use the following suggested course sequence to plan their class schedules once they are accepted into the Public Health (BSPH) Program.

Year 3
Fall
HLTH 3103
HLTH 3105
Health Related Elective
Culture & Health Elective
Spring
HLTH 3102
HLTH 3104 & Lab
Health Related Elective
  
Year 4
Fall
HLTH 4102
HLTH 4103
Health Related Elective
Culture & Health Elective
Spring
HLTH 4105 & Lab
HLTH 4600
Health Related Elective 
Anytime
4104
Summer
HLTH 4400 

BSPH Core Course Descriptions:

HLTH 3102. Comparative Healthcare Systems. (3) Prerequisite: majors only.  Examination of organizations, structures, and relationships in national and international healthcare systems and the associated financial, legal, and policy issues. (Spring)

HLTH 3103. Behavior Change Theories and Practice. (3)   Prerequisite:  BSPH majors only.  Overview of theoretical approaches to health behavior adherence and compliance, including increasing health enhancing behaviors and sustaining healthy behaviors over time. (Fall) 

HLTH 3104. Research and Statistics in Health. (3) Prerequisite: majors only.  Corequisite: HLTH 3104L. Examination of the use of research methods and statistics in public health, including issues related to research design, measurement, sampling, and the application and interpretation of statistical methods. (Spring)

HLTH 3104L. Research and Statistics in Health LAB. (1) Prerequisite: BSPH majors only.  Corequisite: HLTH 3104. Activities designed to complement HLTH 3104. Meets once a week for 1.5 hours. (Spring)

HLTH 3105. Public Health Education and Promotion. (3) Prerequisite: majors only. Overview of principles and strategies for health education in public health practice settings. (Fall)

HLTH 4102. Healthcare Administration. (3) Prerequisite: HLTH 3102 and majors only. Overview of basic concepts and issues within the administration, financing, and policy of healthcare systems. (Fall)

HLTH 4103. Environmental Health:  A Global Perspective. (3) Prerequisite: BSPH majors or permission of the instructor. Introduction to environmental and occupational health issues and their implications for individual and population health. (Fall)

HLTH 4104. Epidemiology. (3) Prerequisite: BSPH majors, IDHS and HLTH minors, or permission of instructor.  Introduction to basic principles and methods used in epidemiology to detect and control disease in populations. (Fall, Spring) 

HLTH 4105. Program Planning and Evaluation. (3) Prerequisite: HLTH 3105 and BSPH majors only.  Corequisite: HLTH 4105L. Use of program planning and behavior change models to design and evaluate theory-based public health promotion and education initiatives. (Spring)

HLTH 4105L. Program Planning and Evaluation LAB. (1) Prerequisite: HLTH 3105 and BSPH majors only.  Corequisite: HLTH 4105. Activities designed to complement HLTH 4105.  Meets once a week for 1.5 hours. (Spring)

HLTH 4400. Internship. (3) (W) Prerequisite: BSPH majors only and permission of the instructor.  Practical experience in a public health setting that complements students' academic and professional goals.  Arranged with BSPH Internship Coordinator. (Fall, Summer) 

HLTH 4600. Capstone. (3) (W) Prerequisite: BSPH majors only and permission of the instructor.  A culminating project or experience encompassing the five areas of public health: health behavior, environmental health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and health administration that complements students' academic and professional goals. (Spring)

BSPH Student Program Handbook

Comprehensive information about the BSPH Program curriculum can be found in the BSPH Student Program Handbook: BSPH 2016-2018 Student Handbook

Contact Information

BSPH Program Director:
Pilar Zuber, PhD, MSPH, MCHES, CPH
College of Health and Human Services
Department of Public Health Sciences
CHHS 335E
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Phone: 704‑687‑1924
Fax: 704‑687‑1644
Email: pdelcast@uncc.edu

For information about the BSPH degree and academic advising contact:

Ms. Julie Ann Howell

College of Health and Human Services
Department of Public Health Sciences
CHHS 335
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Phone: 704‑687‑7191
Fax: 704‑687‑6122
Email: jhowel35@uncc.edu

For information about applying for admission to UNC Charlotte contact:

Office of Admissions
Cato Hall
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 29223-0001
Phone: 704‑687‑2213

 

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