College of Health and Human Services2021-2022

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Public Health, Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

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 be able to:  
 
Program Outcome 1: Overview of Public Health:
  • Apply knowledge of the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society to advocate for public health.
Program Outcome 2: Role and Importance of Data in Public Health:
  • Apply the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection; and analyze and use these data through evidence-based approaches in public health practice.
Program Outcome 3: Identifying and Addressing Population Health Challenges:
  • Utilize an understanding of the concepts of population health; and apply the basic processes, approaches, and interventions to identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
Program Outcome 4: Human Health:
  • Apply critical thinking to the underlying science of human health and disease to support opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
Program Outcome 5: Determinants of Health:
  • Apply knowledge of the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health to reduce and eliminate health disparities.
Program Outcome 6: Project Implementation:
  • Apply critical thinking and knowledge of the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation to inform project planning, assessment, and evaluation.
Program Outcome 7: Overview of the Health System:
  • Apply knowledge of the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system, as well as the differences in health systems in other countries, to promote health within and across these structures.
Program Outcome 8: Health Policy, Law, Ethics, and Economics:
  • Apply a critical understanding of the 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 to advocate for and promote the public’s health.
Program Outcome 9: Health Communication:
  • Utilize the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology for effective public health promotion and agency functioning.
Program Outcome 10: Professional Conduct:
  • Demonstrate the professional conduct required to achieve and maintain employment and collaboration with communities, including respectful communication, collaboration, initiative, respect for diversity, and cultural sensitivity and competency.

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