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Students pursuing a Public Health degree learn firsthand the relationships between government and healthcare access, the treatment and prevention of diseases, and the economics and ethics of health.

Public Health student
Public health studies have never been more critical. As a Public Health major, you will focus on designing and implementing health policy programs for the general population, those with mental health concerns, and treating infectious diseases. Upon graduation, you will have learned about epidemiology, the principles of statistical inference, social and behavioral sciences, US healthcare systems, and more.
With a bachelor’s degree in public health, you are prepared to apply to graduate school. Public Health graduates can pursue employment as public health engineers, industrial hygienists, state or federal environmentalists, environmental health emergency response specialists, non-governmental organization directors, and health communications specialists.

Public Health (BS)

Plan of Study

Total credit hours: 120


All BS in Public Health majors must complete Lourdes University Core requirements with the following specifications to fulfill both Core and Major Course Requirements:

These courses are marked with an asterisk (*). They are not double-counted towards the total credit hour requirement of the program.

Core Course Requirements (46)

Major Core Courses (19)

2nd English
*Eng 355 Writing for Sciences and Health Professions

*MTH 212  Statistics

*SWK/CSJ 306 Ethical Decision Making

*HST 290  History of Health Care

Natural Science
*CHM 140/ CHL 140 General Organic & Biological Chemistry and Lab

Social Science
*PSY 110 General Psychology

Remaining Core Requirements (27)

Program Major Requirements (31)

BOI 201 Principles of Biology I & BIL 201 Principles of Biology Lab I Z
BIO 207 Introduction to Public Health or PHM 100 The History of Public Health (RIZE)
BIO 212 Nutrition
BIO 420 Epidemiology or PHM 300 Epideminology (RIZE)
CSJ 327 Research Methods
PHM 301  Health Economics (RIZE)
PHM 302 Health Services (RIZE)
PHM 400 Public Health Studies I  (RIZE)
PHM 401 Public Health Studies II (RIZE)
PHM 490 Internship Capstone

Major Social Science  Requirements (24)

BUS 101 Business Principles
BUS 251 Economics and Social Issues
BUS 255 Microeconomics
CSJ 101 Intro to Sociology
CSJ 304  Multicultural Diversity  or SWK 209  Multicultural Perspectives
PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology
SWK 210 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SWK 310    Human Behavior and the Social Environment  II
SWK 312 Social Welfare System

Total Program Elective Hours (19)

Learning Outcomes

Public Health majors will learn:

  • To apply scientific rigor in addressing contemporary public health problems.
  • To analyze the health of populations, recognizing the influence of cultural, social, political context.
  • To demonstrate problem solving using critical thinking skills derived from qualitative and quantitative data sources.
  • To ethically assess the rights of the individual with the good of the public to better serve the community.
  • To evaluate the challenges of healthcare resource allocation.
  • To communicate effectively with various audiences.

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