2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 23, 2021  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, BS

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Maureen Thompson, Undergraduate Program Director, 315-443-9815, mlthomps@syr.edu

The 123 credit bachelor of science degree in Public Health (BSPH) prepares students for health related careers in government, private and non-profit organizations that address health promotion and illness prevention in individuals, families and communities. Students gain knowledge and skills in traditional public health core areas including environmental health, epidemiology, health services administration, and social & behavioral determinants of health. In addition, the program includes coursework to prepare students to work within the field of community health education. The program culminates with a 400 hour senior internship and capstone experience.

Graduates of the program will be competent to pursue entry level employment in public health fields or to pursue graduate studies in a variety of academic areas including public health, public policy, health care administration, and law. The program can also provide students with a pathway to advanced studies in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant studies or nursing.

Required Courses

Quantitative Skills (6-8 credits)

Students must complete 2 semesters of quantitative skills coursework. Students complete a FIRST Course and a different SECOND Course as outlined below:

Natural Science (9-11 credits)

Social Science (9 credits)

Humanities (9 credits)

See Liberal Arts Core Book

College Requirement (1 credit)

General Electives to reach 123 degree applicable credits

15 credits of which must be from the liberal arts core book.


Students must complete an approved Global Diversity course (3 credits-see Public Health website for list of approved courses) and an approved Health Ethics course (3 credits). These courses may be a humanities, a social science or a general elective.

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