Public Health, B.S.

Mission

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. Identify and summarize information relevant to assessing and improving population health (ULO 1).

2. Identify methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation used in public health practice (ULO 1, 2).

3. Explain how biological, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors impact the health of individuals and communities (ULO 1, 2).

4. Discuss the science of human health and disease to provide opportunities for promoting health and wellness (ULO 3).

5. Explain how biblical principles relate to the concepts of health, cultural awareness, and community service (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.

GPA Requirements

All major requirements must be completed with a "C-" or better grade.

Curriculum Requirements

The minimum number of credits required to graduate with a Public Health B.S is the university minimum of 120, and the degree offers two concentrations, Global Health or Pre-Health Professions, as well as a track to the MPH, all of which are detailed below.

Concentrations

Global Health

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Public Health majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 credits in science and mathematics.
Concentration Core Courses
KNES 200Public Health Principles and Practice3
KNES 300Health Education and Health Promotion3
KNES 310Community and Global Health3
KNES 340Health Policy and Ethics3
or KNES 355 Health Care Systems
KNES 475Public Health Capstone Practicum3
Concentration Elective courses (select 3 credits from the following)3
Principles of Epidemiology
Principles of Biostatistics
Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Environmental Health
Global Health Leadership
Current Issues in Global Health
Global Health Ethics and Human Rights
Global Communicable Disease Control
Topics in Kinesiology and Public Health
Intercultural Studies Core courses
INCS 345Introduction to Development3
INCS 420Intercultural Communication3
or COMM 472 Intercultural Communication
INCS 430Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care 13
Intercultural Studies Elective courses (select 3 credits from the following)3
Intercultural Adjustment
Ethnicity and Diversity in America
Micro Issues in Relief and Development
Understanding the City
Community Development Models and Strategies
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Biology Requirements
BIOS 236Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 24
BIOS 305Global Development and Ecological Sustainability3-4
or BIOS 353 Environmental Ethics
BIOS 355Environmental Health: An Ecological Perspective4
Math Requirement
MATH 318Biostatistics3
or MATH 210 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Kinesiology Requirement
KNES 307Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
Psychology Requirement
PSYC 309Abnormal Psychology3
or PSYC 319 Cross-Cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology
Total Credits50-51

Pre-Health Professions

The Pre-Health Professions concentration helps prepare students for seven different Health Profession graduate/professional programs: (1) Pre-Medicine, (2) Pre-Veterinary Medicine, (3) Pre-Dental, (4)  Pre-Optometry, (5) Pre-Pharmacy, (6) Pre-Physician Assistant, and (7) Pre-Podiatry. Each Health Profession graduate/professional program has slightly different prerequisite courses that students in the Pre-Health Professions concentration may take. Students are guided toward graduate/professional requirements during individual academic advising with their faculty advisor.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Public Health majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 credits in science and mathematics.
Concentration Core courses
KNES 200Public Health Principles and Practice3
KNES 300Health Education and Health Promotion3
KNES 340Health Policy and Ethics3
or KNES 355 Health Care Systems
KNES 475Public Health Capstone Practicum3
Concentration Elective courses (select 3 credits from the following)3
Principles of Epidemiology
Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
Community and Global Health
Principles of Biostatistics
Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Environmental Health
Global Communicable Disease Control
Current Issues in Epidemiology
Molecular Epidemiology
Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
Outbreak and Emergency Preparedness
Cancer Epidemiology
Public Health Policy and Practice
Topics in Kinesiology and Public Health
Abnormal Psychology
Chemistry Requirements
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 302Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 312Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II1
Physics Requirements
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 112Physics II3
PHSC 118Physics II Laboratory1
Biology Requirements (select 18 credits from the following)18
Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology
Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Organismal Biology
Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory
Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
Human Anatomy
Physiology
Microbiology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Nutrition and Metabolism
Genetics
General Biochemistry I
General Biochemistry I
General Biochemistry II
General Biochemistry II
Math Requirement
MATH 318Biostatistics3
or MATH 150 Calculus I
or MATH 210 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Total Credits60

MPH Grad Track (3 + 2)

Students will earn a Public Health, B.S. and advance to the Master of Public Health in one of two specializations offered by completing a minimum of 150 credits for both degrees.

The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to provide rigorous academic and practical experiences to equip public health agents of change: dedicated to improve population health, establish preventative measures, and promote health equality, with careers in government health agencies, healthcare systems, and non-profit organizations.

The MPH program at Biola University is focused on preparing public health professionals who are ethical leaders equipped to serve local and global communities. Our MPH program allows students to focus on one of two public health specializations:
1. Master of Public Health in Global Health
2. Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

The Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for the Undergraduate portion of the MPH Grad Track are located on the tab of this program page. The PLOs and Admission/Graduation Requirements for the Graduate (MPH) degree can be found on the program pages for the Master of Public Health in Global Health and the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.

CEPH Accreditation Status

The MPH program at Biola University is a pre-candidate for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Biola University is working with CEPH towards obtaining Public Health Program (PHP) CEPH accreditation.

Integration Seminar Requirement

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health, MPH Grad Track program fulfill BBST 465 with PHLT 540.

Curriculum Requirements

Undergraduate Level Requirements
Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Public Health majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 credits in science and mathematics.
Public Health Requirements
KNES 200Public Health Principles and Practice3
KNES 300Health Education and Health Promotion3
KNES 340Health Policy and Ethics3
or KNES 355 Health Care Systems
Intercultural Studies Requirements
INCS 345Introduction to Development3
INCS 420Intercultural Communication3
or COMM 472 Intercultural Communication
INCS 430Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care 13
Biology Requirements
BIOS 236Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOS 305Global Development and Ecological Sustainability3-4
or BIOS 353 Environmental Ethics
BIOS 355Environmental Health: An Ecological Perspective4
Math Requirement
MATH 318Biostatistics3
or MATH 210 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Kinesiology Requirement
KNES 307Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
Psychology Requirement
PSYC 309Abnormal Psychology3
or PSYC 319 Cross-Cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology
Suggested Electives (see Department for advising)
Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Organismal Biology
and Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory
Microbiology
Neurobiology
Nutrition and Metabolism
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
Physics II
and Physics II Laboratory
Intercultural Adjustment
Ethnicity and Diversity in America
Micro Issues in Relief and Development
Understanding the City
Community Development Models and Strategies
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology
Motor Learning
Topics in Kinesiology and Public Health
Calculus I
Total Credits38-39

Graduate Level (MPH) Requirements

Public Health BS/MPH Advancement Requirements

In order to advance from the Public Health, B.S. to the MPH degree, students need to fulfil the following requirements prior to starting graduate course work (by the beginning of their fourth year).

  • Complete Biola University’s Graduate Education application
  • Interview with an MPH graduate faculty
  • Have minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Students with a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered but the decision is highly weighted on their graduate faculty interview
  • Write a statement of purpose and objectives

Below are the detailed requirements for the MPH, Global Health specialization. The 500-level PHLT courses are taken in the MPH Grad Track (3 + 2) students’ fourth year.

Global Health Core Requirements
PHLT 505Principles of Epidemiology3
PHLT 510Community and Global Health3
PHLT 515Principles of Biostatistics3
PHLT 520Health Behavior and Health Promotion3
PHLT 525Environmental Health3
PHLT 530Global Health Leadership3
PHLT 540Theology of Work and Vocation3
PHLT 605Research Methods3
PHLT 610Public Health Integrative Experience2
PHLT 615Graduate Project4
PHLT 620Public Health Practicum3
Global Health Elective courses (select 9 credits from the following)9
Current Issues in Global Health
Global Health Ethics and Human Rights
Grant Writing
Integration of Global Health and Missions
International Program Design
Global Communicable Disease Control
Community Health Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
Total Credits42

Below are the detailed requirements for the MPH, Epidemiology specialization. The 500-level PHLT courses are taken in the MPH Grad Track (3 + 2) students’ fourth year.

Epidemiology Core Requirements
PHLT 505Principles of Epidemiology3
PHLT 510Community and Global Health3
PHLT 515Principles of Biostatistics3
PHLT 520Health Behavior and Health Promotion3
PHLT 525Environmental Health3
PHLT 530Global Health Leadership3
PHLT 540Theology of Work and Vocation3
PHLT 605Research Methods3
PHLT 610Public Health Integrative Experience2
PHLT 615Graduate Project4
PHLT 620Public Health Practicum3
Epidemiology Elective courses (select 9 credits from the following)9
Global Communicable Disease Control
Current Issues in Epidemiology
Molecular Epidemiology
Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
Outbreak and Emergency Preparedness
Cancer Epidemiology
Applied Methods in Epidemiology
Public Health Policy and Practice
Total Credits42

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Public Health, B.S. Global Health (PBGH) 

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 100 or 1123BBST 103 or 1653
BBST 103 or 1653PHIL 215 (recommended Core Curriculum course)3
PSYC 200 (required Core Curriculum Behavioral Science course)3BBST 209 or 2103
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3History (see Core Curriculum)3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOS 236, 254, 281, or 3814KNES 2003
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
INCS 3453BIOS 305 or 3533
KNES 1071INCS 420 or COMM 4723
General Elective3MATH 318 or 2103
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 3133KNES 340 or 3553
KNES 3003BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363
KNES 3073PSYC 309 or 3193
BBST 300/400 Bible Elecitve3INCS 4303
BIOS 3554General Elective 3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 17 15
Total Credits 32
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
KNES 3103BBST 4653
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum) or General Elective14Concentration KNES Elective3
INCS Elective (upper-division)3KNES 4753
 General Elective3
 13 15
Total Credits 28

Public Health, B.S. Pre-Health Professions (PBPH)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GNST 1021BBST 103 or 1653
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 209 or 2103
ENGL 100 or 1123PHIL 215 (recommended Core Curriculum course)3
PSYC 200 (required Core Curriculum Behavioral Science course)3CHEM 1064
CHEM 1054History (see Core Curriculum)3
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
BIOS 1113BIOS 1123
BIOS 1131BIOS 1141
BIOS 236, 254, 281, or 3814KNES 2003
PHSC 1113PHSC 1123
PHSC 1171PHSC 1181
Biology required Elective3Literature (See Core Curriculum)3
 18 17
Total Credits 35
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 3133BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3KNES 1071
KNES 3003CHEM 3023
CHEM 3013CHEM 3121
CHEM 3111KNES 340 or 3553
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Biology required Electives6
MATH 318, 150, or 2103Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 17 17
Total Credits 34
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum) or General Elective14BBST 4653
BBST 300/400 Elective (upper-division)3Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
Concentration Elective3Biology required Electives6
Biology required Elective3KNES 4753
 16 18
Total Credits 34

MPH Grad Track 3 + 2 (PBMP)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GNST 1021BBST 165 or 1033
ENGL 100 or 1123PHIL 215 (recommended Core Curriculum course)3
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 2093
PSYC 200 (required Core Curriculum course)3History (see Core Curriculum)3
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3Elective course2
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOS 2364KNES 2003
BBST 2103KNES 3073
MATH 318 or 2103BBST 2513
INCS 3453BIOS 305 or 3533-4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum) or Elective course4BBST 300/400 Elective3
KNES 1071 
 18 15-16
Total Credits 33-34
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 3133BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363
BBST 3543BBST 3653
KNES 3003KNES 340 or 3553
BIOS 3554INCS 420 or COMM 4723
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1PSYC 309 or 3193
Elective course4Elective course3
 Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 See Department for advising on Graduate Admissions steps
 18 18
Total Credits 36
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
INCS 4303PHLT 5203
Elective3PHLT 5253
PHLT 5053PHLT 5303
PHLT 5103PHLT 540 (fulfills BBST 465)3
PHLT 5153 
 15 12
Total Credits 27
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHLT 6053PHLT 6154
PHLT 6102Concentration Specific Elective3
PHLT 6203Concentration Specific Elective3
Concentration Specific Elective3 
 11 10
Total Credits 21

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Public Health, B.S. Global Health (PBGH) 

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum) or General Elective4KNES 2003
PSYC 2003BIOS 305 or 3533
GNST 1021KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
BIOS 236, 254, 281, or 3814INCS 3453
MATH 318 or 2103KNES 1071
 KNES 3073
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
BIOS 3554INCS 420 or COMM 4723
KNES 3003INCS 4303
 KNES 340 or 3553
 PSYC 309 or 3193
 13 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4434HNRS 4584
ENGL 3133BBST 4653
KNES 3103KNES 4753
KNES Elective3KNES Elective3
General Elective3INCS Elective3
 16 16
Total Credits 124

Public Health, B.S. Pre-Health Professions (PBPH)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
PSYC 2003KNES 2003
CHEM 1054CHEM 1064
GNST 1021 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
BIOS 1113BIOS 1123
BIOS 1131BIOS 1141
CHEM 3013CHEM 3023
CHEM 3111CHEM 3121
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
PHSC 1113PHSC 1123
PHSC 1171PHSC 1181
KNES 3003KNES 340 or 3553
Concentration Elective3MATH 318, 150, or 2103
 KNES 1071
 16 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4434HNRS 4584
ENGL 3133BBST 4653
BIOS 236, 254, 281, or 3814KNES 4753
BIOS Elective3BIOS Elective3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum) or General Elective4
 15 17
Total Credits 128

MPH Grad Track 3 + 2 (PBMP)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
PSYC 2003KNES 2003
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum) or General Elective4BIOS 305 or 3533
GNST 1021General Elective3
 16 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
BIOS 2364INCS 3453
MATH 318 or 2103KNES 3073
KNES 3003INCS 420 or COMM 4723
 KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 18 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
HNRS 4434KNES 340 or 3553
BIOS 3554HNRS 4584
ENGL 3133PSYC 309 or 3193
 KNES 1071
 17 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHLT 5053PHLT 5203
PHLT 5103PHLT 5253
PHLT 5153PHLT 5303
INCS 4303PHLT 540 (fulfills BBST 465)3
 12 12
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHLT 6053PHLT 6154
PHLT 6102Grad Elective3
PHLT 6203Grad Elective3
Grad Elective3 
 11 10
Total Credits 148