College of Health and Human Services2018-2019
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 career that protects and improves the health of individuals, families, and communities? Are you interested in understanding the impact of social and behavioral determinants of health, such as income, environment, and access to health care? 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:
- Health Educator
- Prevention program coordinator
- Emergency response planner
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Community college instructor
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.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 68 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 students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||STA 270|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
The mission of the Public Health Program is to prepare students to promote and protect the health of the public using appropriate processes, concepts, and principles.
Public health protects and improves the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally, regionally, and globally. Public health professionals focus on preventing disease and injury by promoting healthy lifestyles. They confront global health issues, such as improving equitable access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. Our graduates are prepared to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs; act as a resource person; administer services; and communicate and advocate for health equity. They pursue graduate degrees in health-related fields and obtain employment in a variety of settings, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, hospitals, schools, and research institutions.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of their degree in Health Sciences - Public Health, students will demonstrate their knowledge and ability to apply the following processes, concepts, and principles to promote and protect the health of the public.
The summarized outcomes are below. See the full list of learning outcomes.
- Overview of Public Health: The history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.
- Role and Importance of Data in Public Health: The basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
- Identifying and Addressing Population Health Challenges: The concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
- Human Health: The underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
- Determinants of Health: The socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
- Project Implementation: The fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation.
- Overview of the Health System: The fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as to the differences in systems in other countries.
- Health Policy, Law, Ethics, and Economics: Basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, and the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.
- Health Communication: Basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
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:
- 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)
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)
- Any nutrition course (3 units)
- BIO 201, BIO 201L (4 units)
- HS 200 (3 units)
- FW 343 (3 units)
- HS 390W (3 units)
- BIO 202, BIO 202L (4 units)
- PSY 230 or STA 270 (3-4 units)
- HS 205, HS 250, HS 300, HS 305, HS 306, HS 313, HS 317, HS 404 (24 units)
- Additional HS-related coursework with at least 6 units upper division (see departmental list for approved courses) (9 units)
- HS 403C which satisfies NAU's senior capstone requirement. (3 unts)
- HS 408 (9 units)
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.)
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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