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 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 Biology1
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 337Exercise in Health and Disease3
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 Credits73

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.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
BIOS 1123BBST 209 or 2103
BIOS 1141BIOS 1113
CHEM 1054BIOS 1131
PSYC 200 (required)3BIOS 2544
ENGL 100 or 1123CHEM 1064
GNST 1021 
 18 18
Total Credits 36
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
BBST 3543BIOS 281 or 3814
MATH 210 or 3183BIOS 2824
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3PSYC 309 or 3203
KNES 1071Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 13 17
Total Credits 30
Third Year
BIOS 3554BBST 3653
KNES 3373BIOS 3123
KNES 3503BIOS 3221
KNES 4503ENGL 3133
PHSC 1113KNES 3073
PHSC 1171PHSC 1123
Writing Competency RequirementPHSC 1181
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 17 17
Total Credits 34
Fourth Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
CHEM 3013BBST 4653
CHEM 3111HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
KNES 4563INCS 4303
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3KNES 4751
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 17 17
Total Credits 34