The Bachelor of Science in Public Health will provide students with a strong foundation of biology, population health, social and environmental determinants of health, and strategies related to disease prevention and health promotion—all critical to addressing health threats and strengthening the public health workforce. Public health’s interprofessional nature is ideally suited within an undergraduate curriculum, giving students an opportunity to apply core concepts to myriad fields, including public health, clinical practice, research, or a non-health profession such as business or engineering.
The BSPH curriculum will expose students to the essential principles of public health and the biomedical sciences concurrently, and will provide ample opportunities to immerse students in community-based public health experiences and research. The academic rigor, emphasis on science, and core public health foundation will fully prepare students for a career in public health or medicine. The instructional delivery method of the BSPH will be an onsite model, with opportunities to participate in global medical outreach initiatives and community-based public health field placements. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with innovative community-based experiential learning and the use of contemporary information technology.
The first three years of the BSPH curriculum include traditional liberal arts courses, core public health courses, and medical school pre-requisites (for students interested in pursuing a medical degree). Courses will be taught by faculty from the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (COM) Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program; COM’s Master of Public Health Program; Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography; College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the College of Medical Sciences.
The fourth year of the program is comprised exclusively of courses in the general public health concentration and intensive service learning experiences, with coursework ranging in focus from community health to public health informatics so as to fully prepare the student for a myriad of career choices in public health. For BSPH students pursuing a graduate education in public health, the 4th year of the BSPH is also designed to prepare students to vertically integrate into the MPH program. Students pursuing the dual admissions BSPH-DO option will pursue a concurrent course of study in their 4th year comprised of courses in the medical concentration that fulfill the requirements for the BSPH degree alongside the first year DO curriculum.
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General Education Requirements (30)
Students are required to complete 30 hours as part of the General Education Program
Public Health Major
Public Health Major Requirements (39 required credits + 18 major electives)
BPH 1010 Foundations of Public Health (3 credits) BPH 1020 Principles of Health Behavior (3 credits) BPH 2010 Human Genomics (3 credits) BPH 2020 Pathophysiologic Basis of Disease I (3 credits) BPH 2021 Pathophysiologic Basis of Disease II (3 credits) BPH 2050 Community Health (3 credits) BPH 3010 Concepts in Epidemiology (3 credits) BPH 3030 Intro to Global Health (3 credits) BPH 2030 Public Health Seminar (3 credits) BPH 4950 Community-Based Health Outreach I (3 credits) BPH 4951 Community Based Health Outreach II (3 credits) BPH 3020 Policies, Systems, and Environments of Healthcare (3 credits) BPH 2040 Health Communication (3 credits) BPH 18 credits of Major Electives
Public Health Major Electives (18 credits of the following required)
BPH 3040 Public Health Issues in Disasters (3 credits) BPH 4910 Environmental and Occupational Health (3 credits) BPH 4920 Evidenced-Based Population Health (3 credits) BPH 4930 Public Health Informatics (3 credits) BPH 4970 Disparities in Health (3 credits) BPH 4940 Public Health Research Methods (3 credits) BPH 4960 Public Health Practicum I (3 credits) BPH 4961 Public Health Practicum II (3 credits) BPH 4900 Global Outreach & Applied Learning (1 credit BPH 4901 Domestic Outreach & Applied Learning (1 credit)
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Public Health Minor
KPCOM’s Public Health Minor provides curriculum in areas relevant to public health, social and behavioral health sciences, and community health. The interprofessional experiences of KPCOM faculty offer students a realistic look into the benefits, rewards, and challenges of public health.
Public Health Minor Requirements (9)
BPH 1010 Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)BPH 1020 Principles of Health Behavior (3 credits)BPH 2050 Community Health (3 credits)
Select 9 additional credits from any of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health courses.
The BSPH addresses the following Foundational Domains (Council on Education for Public Health):
The BSPH also addresses the following Foundational Competencies (Council on Education for Public Health):
Global Outreach and Applied Learning (GOAL) and Domestic Outreach and Applied Learning are elective courses that involve a two-week supervised interprofessional public health outreach experience. The Global Outreach experience will include a one-week preparation period, a two-week global mission experience, a one-week debriefing, a written report, and a presentation to faculty and peers. The Domestic Outreach Experience is comprised of the same activities, with the public health outreach specific to an underserved community in the United States. GOAL destinations may include India, Jamaica, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Columbia, Bangladesh, and the Dominican Republic. Additional locations may be offered based on need and viability.