Maureen Thompson, Undergraduate Program Director
344 White Hall
Dessa Bergen-Cico, James Byrne, Luvenia W. Cowart, Brooks Gump, Bryce Hruska, Ignatius Ijere, Brittany Kmush, Sandra D. Lane, Eileen Lantier, David Larsen, Katherine McDonald, Lutchmie Narine, Lisa Olson-Gugerty, Maureen Thompson, Bhavneet Walia
Indu Gupta, Commissioner of Health, Onondaga County Health Department
Laura Sauta, Administrative Assistant
Susan Scholl, Internship Coordinator
Megan Snow, Internship Coordinator
Melinda Stoffel, Administrative Assistant
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. Service learning and community engagement are key in this major - beginning freshman year and extending through the senior capstone internship, students are working with community partners to improve health in the Syracuse University and regional community. The 30-credit public health core provides foundational public health knowledge and skills important for entry level public health practice or post-graduate study. In addition to the public health core, a 15-credit concentration in Addiction Prevention, Health & Society, Healthcare Management, or Community Health Education provides further career-related training. Students who complete either the Addiction Prevention concentration or Community Health Education concentration are eligible for initial professional credentialing in corresponding careers. The public health major also provides a pathway to advanced studies in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, nursing, occupational therapy, or physical therapy.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes
- Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences
- Locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize public health information
- Use concepts of population health and models from social and behavioral disciplines to promote health and address health related needs and concerns of groups and communities across the life course
- Relate biology, health behavior, social determinants, and environmental contexts to human health, disease, and the expression of health disparities
- Apply basic principles of health project implementation
- Outline the organizational structure, function and delivery modalities for U.S. and global healthcare systems
- Act according to professional values and ethics in public health practice, research and education
- Analyze how communities, community forces and research shape health policies and regulations
- State the basic theories and concepts of behavioral neuroscience
- Identify protective & risk factors for chemical and behavioral addictions in individuals and communities
- Apply basic principles of addiction prevention education
Community Health Education
- Assess community level needs for health education
- Propose health education strategies
- Identify factors that influence health behavior
Health and Society
- Elucidate challenges populations may face in regards to human rights, access to services, financial strain, and social stigma
- State the basic theories and concepts of behavioral neuroscience
- Describe nutrition-related approaches to promote health
- Describe concepts of ethics, law, and regulation in the delivery of healthcare
- Explain basic principles of continuous improvement processes within healthcare
- Discuss challenges to the efficient and effective delivery of U.S. healthcare
Communication Skills (6 credits)
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:
Second Course (subject to pre-reqs):
Natural Science (9-11 credits)
Choose 6-8 additional credits from the following:
Social Science (9 credits)
Humanities (9 credits)
See Liberal Arts Core Book
In addition to HSH 101, students must complete an approved Global Diversity course; an approved Health Ethics course; and an approved Communication course. Approved course lists for each of these areas is available on the Public Health department web page. These courses may be a humanities, a social science or a general elective. The global diversity course requirement can also be met through an academic study abroad experience.
Public Health Core Requirements (30 credits)
Public Health Concentrations (15 credits): Students choose 1 of the following concentrations:
Addiction Prevention Concentration
Community Health Education Concentration
(Community Health Education Specialists [CHES] eligible).
Health and Society Concentration
Healthcare Management Concentration
General Electives to reach 123 degree applicable credits
A total of 62 credits of the 123 total credits for the degree must be from the liberal arts or from the list of Falk/A&S cross-listed courses.
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
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 (multi-country)
HTW 412-Global Perspectives in Alcohol & Other Drug Policies (multi-country)
HTW 400-Community-Based Participatory Approaches to Planning Health Education Programs: Classroom to Global Community (South Africa)