2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2023  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, BS/Global Health, MS

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Brooks B. Gump, Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health;
344H White Hall
Ph: 315-443-2208
Email: bbgump@syr.edu

Core Faculty

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

Affiliated Faculty

Indu Gupta, Commissioner of Health, Onondaga County Health Department


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 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 interpretpublic 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

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 social determinants framework
2. Affect positive changes in health through evidence based public health practice, research, policy analysis and education
3. Engage with global communities to develop practical 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)

HSH 101 1st Year Gateway (1)
HTW 121 Personal and Social Health (3)
HTW 221 Community Health Promotion (3)
HTW 302 Influencing Healthy Behavior (3)
HTW 303 Community and Environmental Health (3)
HTW 304 Community Health Education (3)
HTW 306 Health Administration Systems (3)
HTW 307 Culturally Competent Health Care (3)
HTW 311 Health Literacy (3)
HTW 422 Senior Capstone Internship (9)

Graduate Global Health Electives (6 credits)

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

Total Credits Required = 144

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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