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Public Health

The public health program offers the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree and can be completed in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester. The program has two tracks:

  • Health Education/Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health and Safety

The program offers a minor in public health and community health planning and evaluation. The program offers minors in:

  • Public health
  • Community Health Planning and Evaluation
  • Environmental Health and Safety

The program contributes to the University’s general education requirements by offering PHLT 1500 Introduction to Online Learning in Health Professions,  PHLT 1513 Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety, PHLT 1531 Fundamentals of Public Health, and PHLT 1568 Healthy Lifestyles, which meet the general education requirements for First Year Experience, Social and Personal Awareness, Social Sciences/Social and Personal Awareness and Social and Personal Awareness, respectively. To be admitted to the public health program, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. To continue enrollment in the major, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA. If a student falls below a 2.0 GPA, he or she can only reapply to the major after a minimum GPA of 2.0 has been achieved.

There are five standard areas in public health training that enable students to perform the essential services of public health. These are :

  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • health services administration
  • environmental health
  • behavioral science/health education 

The curriculum for the YSU bachelor’s degree in public health addresses each of the five core areas through multiple courses. This curriculum enables mastery at the bachelor’s level of the nationally recognized Public Health Core Competencies, and requires an internship tailored to the area of public health interests of each student. All of the major courses for the degree can be completed through online distance learning options.

The BSAS in public health can also prepare the student to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or be eligible to take the sanitarian examination. CHES assesses:

  • individual and community health needs
  • the ability to plan and implement effective health education and health promotion programs
  • the ability to coordinate and manage the provision of health education and promotion services
  • he ability to effectively communicate health and health education needs, concerns, and resources
  • the ability to conduct program evaluation

The environmental health and safety track prepares students to be sanitarians/sanitarians-in-training. Sanitarians promote public health by conducting environmental health inspections and related activities for settings such as food service establishments (restaurants), children's camps, hotels, long-term and adult care facilities, and diagnostic and treatment centers.

Public health professionals work in multiple settings:

  • public
  • non-profit
  • academic
  • private 
  • governmental 

For more information visit the Public Health Program.

During the freshman and sophomore years, students are expected to take the courses that meet the requirements for general education. In addition to the English, mathematics, and communication requirement, specific general education courses for the BSAS public health degree include:

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Quantitative Reasoning
Arts and Humanities6
PHIL 1560Introduction to Philosophy (or)3
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
Natural Sciences6
BIOL 2601General Biology: Molecules and Cells4
BIOL 2601LGeneral Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory0
GEOL 1500Environmental Geology4
Social Science6
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
Social and Personal Awareness6
PHLT 1568Healthy Lifestyles3
PHLT 1531Fundamentals of Public Health3
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
PHLT 1500Introduction to Online Learning in Health Professions3
Major Requirements
PHLT 1513Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety3
BIOL 1545Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology5
BIOL 1545LAllied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory0
Core Requirements
PHLT 2607Ethical Issues in Public Health3
PHLT 3702Health Education Theory and Methods3
PHLT 3709Elements of Urban Environmental Health Practices3
PHLT 3725Topics in Public Health3
PHLT 3757Health and Disease4
PHLT 3791Community Health3
PHLT 4826Community Health Planning and Promotion4
PHLT 4827Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs3
PHLT 4828Grant Writing3
PHLT 4892Environmental Health and Safety Internship8
PHLT 4898Environmental Health and Safety Senior Seminar3
PHLT 5804Multicultural Health3
PHLT 5810Agents of Mass Casualty3
PHLT 5812Crisis Management in Public Health3
AHLT 3708Preventive Public Health Care3
AHLT 3740Pathology of Infectious Diseases3
AHLT 3755Principles of Occupational Health and Safety3
AHLT 4806Research Methods3
AHLT 4808Environmental Health Concerns3
AHLT 4810Management Skills for Health Professionals3
AHLT 4820Directed Research3
AHLT 48313
AHLT 5816Environmental Regulations3
AHLT 5807Epidemiology3
Total Degree Hours 122 sh

 A total of 122 semester hours are required for the BSAS in public health. No minor is required for this professional BSAS degree.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
PHLT 1531 Fundamentals of Public Health 3
PHLT 1568 Healthy Lifestyles 3
PHLT 1513 Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
PHLT 1500 Introduction to Online Learning in Health Professions 3
 Semester Hours15
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
PHLT 3791 Community Health 3
AHLT 3708 Preventive Public Health Care 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
BIOL 1545 Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 1545L Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 0
 Semester Hours17
Year 2
AHLT 5807 Epidemiology 3
PHLT 3702 Health Education Theory and Methods 3
PHLT 3709 Elements of Urban Environmental Health Practices 3
BIOL 2601 General Biology: Molecules and Cells 4
BIOL 2601L General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory 0
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours16
PHLT 3725 Topics in Public Health 3
PHLT 3757 Health and Disease 4
AHLT 4808 Environmental Health Concerns 3
PHLT 5812 Crisis Management in Public Health 3
PHIL 1560
Introduction to Philosophy
or Introduction to Professional Ethics
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
AHLT 4831 3
PHLT 4826 Community Health Planning and Promotion 4
AHLT 4806 Research Methods 3
PHLT 2607 Ethical Issues in Public Health 3
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Semester Hours16
PHLT 4827 Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs 3
PHLT 4828 Grant Writing 3
AHLT 3740 Pathology of Infectious Diseases 3
Arts and Humanities 3
PHLT 5804 Multicultural Health 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
AHLT 5816 Environmental Regulations 3
AHLT 3755 Principles of Occupational Health and Safety 3
AHLT 4810 Management Skills for Health Professionals 3
PHLT 5810 Agents of Mass Casualty 3
 Semester Hours12
GEOL 1500
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Laboratory
PHLT 4892 Environmental Health and Safety Internship 8
PHLT 4898 Environmental Health and Safety Senior Seminar 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours122
  • The following development courses do not count toward degree requirements:
    ENGL 1539Fundamentals of College Writing4
    ENGL 1540Introduction to College Writing3
    RSS 1510AAdvanced College Success Skills3
    RSS 1510BBasic College Success Skills3
    MATH 15015
  • No minor is required for this major.
  • To continue enrollment in the major, a GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  • Courses in the major require a grade of “C” or better.
  • Courses taken under the Credit(CR)/No Credit (NC) option may not be counted toward the major. You must confer with Dr. Robinson prior to electing this option. (Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.)

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for public health are as follows:

  •  The public health student will demonstrate skill in competence in core Public Health content including program planning and evaluation, program implementation, coordination of effective communication, use of resources, environmental health and safety, and cultural competence by achieving a score of at least 85% on a program comprehensive exam taken as part of PHLT 4898 Environmental Health and Safety Senior Seminar or PHLT 4899 Public Health Senior Seminar courses.
  •  The public health student will demonstrate mastery of entry-level Public Health competency by receiving an internship score of at least 85% by his/her public health/environmental health internship supervisor.