2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, BS/Global Health, MS

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Brooks B. Gump, PhD, MPH, Falk Family Professor of Public Health and Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health;
Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition
344H White Hall
Ph: 315-443-2208
Email: bbgump@syr.edu

Core Faculty

Brooks B. Gump, Ph.D., MPH Brittany Kmush, Ph.D.
Sandra D. Lane, Ph.D., MPH
David Larsen, Ph.D., MPH
Katherine McDonald, Ph.D., FAAIDD Lutchmie Narine, Ph.D.
Lisa Olson-Gugerty, Ph.D., MPH Arthur Owora, Dr.PH, MPH

Affiliated Faculty

Anne Bellows, Ph.D
Tanya M. Horacek, Ph.D., RD
Sudha Raj, PhD, RDN, FAND
Robert A. Rubinstein, Ph.D., MSPH
Cecilia VanHollen, Ph.D.
Rick Welsh, Ph.D.


The BS in Public Health/MS in Global Health is a 144 credit hour, 5 year academic program that provides students with an accelerated pathway to an advanced degree in public health. Students gain core knowledge, research, and practice skills necessary for the advancement of evidence-based public health, while eliminating redundancy if the degrees were completed separately. Students’ complete 2 internships, a generalist public health internship in year 4 and an international global health internship in year 5; each with an associated capstone project.
The bachelor’s and master’s degree are awarded at the completion of the 5th year of study.


Students may apply at two points: at the time of admission to Syracuse University (freshman entry) or during the fourth semester of study for students who entered Syracuse University as freshman public health majors. All students declare a program specialization by the sixth semester of study.

Internal and external transfer students may not apply directly to this program. Such students are admitted to the B.S. in public health program. If interested in the dual degree program, students must meet with the program directors to determine if prior coursework is applicable and if the program can be completed within the 5 year time period.

Freshman entry admission will be preferred for applicants with SAT or ACT scores within the 85th percentile. Sophomore student admission will be considered for applicants with an UG GPA of 3.3 or better.

A personal statement is required. The GRE is not required.

Financial Support

Undergraduate financial aid will be provided as awarded via Syracuse University Financial Aid Office.

Graduate assistantships for year 5 will be provided as are feasible under the Falk College annual budget.


Courses will be taught in classrooms across the newly renovated Falk Complex. Public health faculty and administrative offices are housed in 2 suites within the Falk Complex. In addition to administrative and academic program offices and classrooms, the Falk Complex also offers student access to dedicated study/collaborative space, computer labs and comforts like a café and student lounge.

Student Learning Outcomes: BS

At the completion of the B.S./M.S. degree in public health, students will be able to:

1. Apply theories, concepts, and models from socialand behavioral disciplines as they relate to publichealth practice
2. Use relevant data, information sources, andevidence based approaches to inform public healthpractice
3. Plan, implement, and evaluate public healthprograms
4. Communicate public health information to diversepopulations using a variety of media
5. Assess the health status of populations,determinants of health & illness, and factorscontributing to health promotion and diseaseprevention across the lifespan
6. Analyze social, environmental, and behavioralfactors that impact on health and contribute tohealth disparities
7. Compare and contrast the United States health care system structure to systems in other countries
8. Apply basic principles of epidemiology to interpretpublic health problems
9. Demonstrate cultural competence to meet theneeds of diverse groups and vulnerablepopulations
10. Act according to professional values and ethics inpublic health practice, research, and education
11. Analyze how communities, community forces, andresearch shape health policies and regulations
12. Collaborate with community members and otherstakeholders to promote community health

Student Learning Outcomes: MS

At the completion of the B.S. in Public Health/M.S. in Global Health degree, students will be able to:

1. Appraise the health of populations using abiological, environmental, behavioral, and socialdeterminants framework
2. Affect positive changes in health through evidencebased public health practice, research, policy analysisand education
3. Engage with global communities to developpractical solutions to public health problems

Program Requirements

Liberal Arts Requirements (62 credits)

Writing skills: 6 credits to include WRT 105 and WRT 205
Quantitative skills: 6 - 8 credits, to include MAT 121 or 221
Natural Science: 9 credits, to include NSD 225
Social Science: 9 credits, to include PSY 205 and ANT 663/HTW 663
Humanities: 9 credits, to include health ethics
Liberal Arts electives: to reach 62 credits of LA coursework

General Electives (15 credits)

To include the communication requirement

Public Health Requirements (50 credits)

Research and Statistics Core (11 credits)

HTW 630 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
HTW 621 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
HTW 622 Research Proposal Development (2)
HTW 668 Applied Epidemiology in the Global Community (3)

Graduate Globel Health Electives (6 credits)

A minimum of 2 three credit courses, to include a language course per choice of global internship site.

Total Credits Required

B.S. Public Health: 123
M.S. Global Health: 36

[15 credits shared across both programs]

Transfer Credits

The usual Syracuse University rules will apply for the consideration of transfer credit. Transfer credit will be considered for undergraduate level courses (100-499) that are an integral part of the program. Grades of C or better are required for UG courses considered for transfer. A maximum of 66 credits of UG coursework may be transferred. Transfer credit will be considered for graduate level courses (600-799) that are an integral part of the program. Grades of B or better are required for UG courses considered for transfer. A maximum of 9 credits of GRAD coursework may be transferred.

Part-Time Study

This program cannot be completed part-time.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are required to maintain a CUM GPA of 2.0 or higher to meet degree requirements for the BS degree.
Students are required to maintain a CUM GPA of 3.0 or higher to meet degree requirements for the MS degree.

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