2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, BS

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Maureen Thompson, Undergraduate Program Director
344 White Hall


Dessa Bergen-Cico, James Byrne, Luvenia W. Cowart, Brooks Gump, Ignatius Ijere, Brittany Kmush, Sandra D. Lane, Eileen Lantier, David Larsen, Katherine McDonald, Lutchmie Narine, Lisa Olson-Gugerty, Arthur Owora, Maureen Thompson, Najah Zaaeed

Affiliated Faculty

Indu Gupta, Commissioner of Health, Onondaga County Health Department


Judith Emmi, Administrative Assistant
Susan Scholl, Internship Coordinator
Melinda Stoffel, Office Coordinator


The 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 are prepared  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.

Intra-University Transfers

The Public Health, BS accepts transfers into the program on a rolling admissions’ basis who meet the following criteria:

  • Students with a cumulative GPA 2.7 or higher, in good academic standing at the university and with interest in public health are considered for transfer to the major. 
    • Students with cumulative GPAs of 2.5 - 2.69 will be considered based on factors influencing the GPA and grades of B or better earned in public health courses previously completed. 
  •   Students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Syracuse University.
  •   In order to complete the public health degree requirements within a 4 year plan of study, students must have a minimum of 4 remaining semesters of study.
  •   An appointment must be made with the Undergraduate Program Director to discuss the major and to outline a plan for degree completion.

Transferring from the combined BS/MS Programs:

Students may transfer from a public health dual degree program to the single degree B.S. in public health program under these conditions:

•The transfer is completed prior to the fall semester of the senior year.

•An appointment is made with the Undergraduate Program Director to outline a plan for degree completion.

To make an appointment, contact Dr. Thompson, the undergraduate program director via email:  mlthomps@syr.edu

Student Learning Outcomes

Theories, concepts and models from social and behavioral disciplines as they relate to public health practice.  Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

1. Apply theories, concepts and models from social and behavioral disciplines as they relate to public health practice.

2. Use relevant data, information sources, and evidence based approaches to inform public health practice.

3. Plan, implement and evaluate public health programs.

4. Communicate public health information to diverse populations using a variety of media.

5. Assess the health status of populations, determinants of health & illness, and factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan.

6. Analyze social, environmental and behavioral factors that impact on health and contribute to health disparities.

7. Compare and contrast the United States health care system structure to systems in other countries.

8. Apply basic principles of epidemiology to interpret public health problems.

9. Demonstrate cultural competence to meet the needs of diverse groups and vulnerable populations.

10. Act according to professional values and ethics in public health practice, research and education.

11. Analyze how communities, community forces and research shape health policies and regulations.

12. Collaborate with community members and other stakeholders to promote community health.

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

21 credits of which must be from the liberal arts or from the list of Falk/A&S cross-listed courses

Total Credits: 123

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science

Study Abroad

Most courses within the public health major are offered every semester, affording students flexibility in course scheduling and participating in study abroad opportunities through Syracuse University Study Abroad. In addition, the public health major offers the following short-term study abroad summer programs:

HTW 404-Comparative Health Policy (Netherlands, Switzerland, and other countries)

HTW 412-Global Perspectives in Alcohol & Other Drug Policies (Netherlands and other countries)

HTW 400-Community-Based Participatory Approaches to Planning Health Education Programs: Classroom to Global Community (South Africa)


Students must complete an approved Global Diversity course (3 credits) and an approved Health Ethics course (3 credits). These courses may be a humanities, a social science or a general elective. The global diversity course requirement is waived for students who participate in an academic study abroad experience.  See the Public Heath website for list of approved global diversity and health ethics courses.

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