Public Health, B.S.


The mission of the Public Health major is to prepare Christian men and women in mind and character to promote and enhance the health of individuals, families, communities, and regions through education, empowerment, assessment, and planning.    

Degree Program 

The Public Health major is designed to prepare students for careers in various aspects of public health, including health care systems, health care policy and administration, occupational and environmental health, health promotion, and global health.  The curriculum is designed with a foundation in basic science courses from biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as key courses in public health and health science that cover psychological, scientific, and behavioral aspects of health.  The major includes quantitative and qualitative coursework that equips undergraduates with a broad understanding of the discipline, preparing them for career success in the public health arena, as well as graduate degree programs such as the M.P.H., Dr.PH. or Ph.D. 


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health, students will be able to:

  1. Assess the biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and environmental factors impacting the health of an individual, family, and/or community consistent with best practices in public health (ULO 1).
  2. Educate and motivate the individual, family, community and/or global society to work toward common goals of preventing and reducing health risks consistent with best practices in public health (ULO 1, ULO2, ULO 3). 
  3. Use modern technology and evidence-based methods/information to assist populations in promotion of health consistent with best practices in public health (ULO 1, ULO 3). 
  4. Apply a biblical worldview to the concepts of lifespan health, disease prevention, healing, and community service (ULO 1, ULO2, ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Program Core Requirements
BIOS 111Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 113Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 254Human Anatomy4
BIOS 281Physiology4
or BIOS 381 Advanced Physiology
BIOS 282Microbiology4
BIOS 312Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 322Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology2
BIOS 355Environmental Health: An Ecological Perspective4
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
INCS 430Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care3
KNES 307Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
KNES 335Health Concepts3
KNES 350Public Health Principles and Practice3
KNES 450Health Behavior3
KNES 456Health Care Systems3
KNES 475Public Health Capstone Practicum1
MATH 210Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 318 Biostatistics
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 112Physics II3
PHSC 118Physics II Laboratory1
PSYC 309Abnormal Psychology3
or PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Total Credits74