College of Health and Human Services2014-2015

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Public Health, Bachelor of Science

The focus of this degree is to broadly prepare graduates in basic Public Health content and processes that can be applied within multiple health related disciplines and in graduate study. This degree plan focuses on community health promotion within the broad umbrella of public health. This academic plan is offered at NAU-Flagstaff and via the Internet. Acceptance into the Internet program requires a separate initial admission process; see the Distance Learning in Health Sciences website for further information.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Public Health?

Are you looking for a flexible and broad degree in the health professions? Are you interested in understanding the impact of social and behavioral determinants of health, environmental health, human disease, and physical activity? If so, our program might be perfect for you. You will be prepared in basic public health concepts and processes that can be applied within multiple health-related disciplines and in graduate study. Our program can provide a convenient, flexible way for students and working professionals to complete their bachelor degree, giving you an avenue to success. We will prepare you for employment in hospitals, schools, government health agencies, private industry, and nongovernmental organizations.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Community colleges
  • County health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Indian Health Service

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Nurse
  • Community health educator
  • Physician
  • Community college instructor

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 69 units of major requirements

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Highest Mathematics Required STA 270
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
University Honors Program Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.


    Students in the public health program are required to meet specific criteria to be eligible for certain upper-division coursework. Enforcement will occur through a prerequisite milestone requirement for the following HS courses:
    Public Health milestone requirements are as follows:
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    • Have completed 36 units of coursework
    • Have completed 15 units of liberal studies coursework in discipline studies with a GPA of at least 2.5
    • Have completed HS 200 with a grade of "C" or better
    • Have completed HS 205 with a grade of "C" or better
    • Have a grade of "C" or better in the most recent English foundations coursework (ENG 105 or equivalent)
Major Requirements
  • Take the following 68 - 69 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.5:

    Health sciences core (16 units)

    Public Health (52-53 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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