2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, BS/MS

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Maureen Thompson, Undergraduate Program Director, Public Health
344 White Hall
Lutchmie Narine, Graduate Director and Department Chair
444B White Hall


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 a generalist public health internship in year 4 of study.  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 a thesis.


Students may declare their intent to follow the program during the fourth semester of study for students who entered Syracuse University as freshman public health majors.

Internal and external transfer students interested in the dual degree program 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. 

During the fall of year 4, students complete the application for formal entry to the graduate program.  A personal statement and three letters of recommendation are required.

Financial Support

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

Limited department financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships and scholarship credits for students enrolled in masters programs. Financial aid is determined based on merit.

Additional information regarding graduate financial aid can be found at https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/funding/


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.

Transfer Credit

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 from a combination of credit from a two-year college and any other credit (e.g., AP exams, experiential learning) will be accepted.  A maximum of 90 credits of transfer credit or a combination of transfer credit and any other credit (e.g., AP exams, experiential learning) will be accepted from a combination of two and four-year colleges.

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

Part-time study is not available for this program.

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 MSPH degree.

Total Credits Required

B.S.  Public Health:  123
Master’s Public Health:   42
[15 credits shared across both programs]

Program Outcomes

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

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 selected 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 

MSPH Core Outcomes

  1. Affect positive changes in health through research, policy analysis and evidence-based health programming.
  2. Conduct independent, original, theory-based public health research.
  3. Apply analytic methods to the analysis of public health data (specific to Health Data Analytics track).
  4. Explain health issues in the context of the global community (specific to Global Health track).

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

Undergraduate General Electives (6 credits)

Undergraduate Program Requirements

  • 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, LA elective or a general elective. The global diversity course requirement can also be met through an academic study abroad experience

Public Health BS/MS Core Requirements (54 credits total required)

(24  credits count for the UG degree and 15 credits for the Grad degree, plus 15 credits shared across both degrees. Courses shared for both degrees include PHP 621; PHP 622; PHP 623; PHP 630; PHP 661; PHP 668)

Public Health BS/MS Concentrations (27 credits total, Undergraduate + Graduate)

Undergraduate Concentration (15 credits required)

Choose 1 of the following Undergraduate concentrations:

Addiction Prevention (15 credits)

Community Health Education (15 credits)

Health and Society (15 credits)


Social Justice - choose 1 course (3 credits)

Behavioral Neuroscience - choose 1 course (3 credits)

Advanced Nutrition - choose 1 course (3 credits)

Elective - select one course from the following, or any course not completed in the required course options for this concentration (3 credits)

Healthcare Management (15 credits)

Graduate Concentration (12 credits)

Choose one of the following graduate concentrations:

Global Health (12 credits)

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

Elective: select one course from the following

  • PHP 642 Substance Use & Mental Health: Global Contexts (3)
  • PHP/ANT 662 Culture and Reproductive Health and Medicine (3)
  • PHP 669 Disability and Global Health (3)
  • FST 603 The Human Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition (3)
  • FST 703 Transnational Food, Health and the Environment (3)

Health Data Analytics (12 credits)

  • PHP 632 Advanced Biostatistics (3)
  • PHP 633 Spatial Statistics for Public Health (3)

Electives:  choose 2 courses from the following

  • HFS 622 Statistical Concepts II (3)2
  • IDE 742 - Introduction to Survey Research (3)
  • MAT 695 Fundamentals of Data Science (3)
  • PAI 724 Data-Driven Decision Making (3)
  • PAI 793 Public Sector Predictive Analytics (3)2
  • PSY 691 Meta-Analysis (3)2
  • PSY 756 Experimental Design and Statistical Methods II (3)2
  • PSY 780 Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (3)2
  • SOC 614/EDU 603/WGS 614 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3)

2 These courses require completion of a pre-requisite or appropriate substitution of the pre-requisite prior to enrollment

Undergraduate Culminating Experience: Senior Capstone Internship Paper
Graduate Culminating Experience: Thesis

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