2019-2020 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, BS/MPH

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Maureen Thompson, Undergraduate Program Director, Public Health
344 White Hall
Brooks B. Gump, Graduate Program Director, Public Health
344H White Hall
Ph: 315-443-2208

Core Faculty

Dessa Bergen-Cico, James Byrne, Luvenia Cowart, Brooks B. 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

Affiliated Faculty

Indu Gupta, MD, MPH


Laura Sauta, Administrative Assistant
Susan Scholl, Internship Coordinator
Megan Snow, Internship Coordinator
Melinda Stoffel, Administrative Assistant


The BS in Public Health/Masters Public Health is a 150 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. The bachelor’s degree is awarded at the completion of year 4 and the master’s degree is awarded at the completion of the 5th year of study.

Each degree requires a culminating experience. The bachelor’s degree requires a capstone internship paper. The master’s degree requires an integrative learning experience paper.


Entry to the accelerated program is a 2 stage process.  1) Undergraduate stage:  Students initiate interest in the program no later than 2nd semester sophomore year.  Interested students meet with the undergraduate program director to determine if the program can be completed within the 5 year time period.  After meeting with the undergraduate director, students confirm their interest by completing ‘An Intent to Pursue’ form.  A personal statement, note of support from the academic advisor, and UG GPA of 3.3 is required. 2)  Graduate program application stage: Students formally apply to the graduate program during the fall of the senior year. A personal statement, letters of recommendation, and an UG GPA of 3.0 is required for this application.  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 BSPH/MPH degrees, students will be able to:

B.S. Public Health Core Outcomes

  1. Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences
  2. Locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize public health information
  3. 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
  4. Relate biology, health behavior, social determinants, and environmental contexts to human health, disease, and the expression of health disparities
  5. Apply basic principles of project implementation
  6. Outline the organizational structure, function and delivery modalities for U.S. and global healthcare systems
  7. Act according to professional values and ethics in public health practice, research and education
  8. Analyze how communities, community forces and research shape health policies and regulations

B.S. Concentration Outcomes

Addiction Studies

  • Explain the basic theories, concepts and applications of behavioral neuroscience
  • Identify protective factors and risk factors for chemical dependency in individuals and communities
  • Implement 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
  • Explain the basic theories, concepts and applications of behavioral neuroscience
  • Describe nutrition-related approaches to promote health

Healthcare Administration

  • 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

Student Learning Outcomes: MPH

At the completion of the BSPH/MPH degrees, students will be able to:

MPH Core Outcomes

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  4. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

Global Health Concentration Outcomes

  • Analyze the roles, relationships, and resources of the entities influencing global health
  • Strategize methods for diverse local and global sociocultural and political landscapes
  • Use methods that inform our understanding of sustainable development and local accountability
  • Develop strategies to address health equity and social justice challenges in local and global health settings
  • Evaluate global prevention and control strategies for infectious disease

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 

Humanities: 9 credits

Liberal Arts electives: to reach 62 credits of LA coursework

General Electives (16 credits)

To include:

Program Requirement Note

Students must complete an approved Diversity Course, an approved Health Ethics Course, and an approved Communications Course.  Depending on the courses chosen, course credit will be applied as a humanities, social science, liberal arts elective or a general elective. For a list of approved course choices for each requirement, students should consult the Public Health webpage.

Public Health Requirements (72 credits)

Public Health Core (42 credits)

Undergraduate Public Health Core (15 credits)

Undergraduate Concentration (15 credits)

Choose 1 of the following concentrations:


Select once course (3 credits) from the following list or any course not completed in the required course options (social justice, behavioral neuroscience, advanced nutrition).

Graduate Concentration - 15 credits

Global Health

Required (12 credits)

  • HTW 669 Disability and Global Health (3)
  • HTW 704 Infectious Disease: Epidemiology and Control (3)
  • HTW 705 Global Health Governance (3)
  • HTW 706 Environmental Determinants of Global Health (3)

Elective (3 credits): select one

  • HTW 642 Substance Use & Mental Health: Global Contexts (3)
  • ANT/HTW 662 Culture and Reproductive Health and Medicine (3)
  • FST 603 The Human Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition (3)
  • FST 703 Transnational Food, Health and the Environment (3)

Total Credits Required

B.S. Public Health: 123

Master’s Public Health: 42

[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 graduate 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.


BS/MPH program requires completion of the following culminating experiences:

  • Undergraduate Culminating Experience = Senior Capstone Internship Paper
  • Graduate Culminating Experience = Integrative Learning Experience Paper

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