Public Health

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Sheryl Steadman, Dean
Han Kim, Director

Faculty: John Contreras, Han Kim, Colette McAfee

Program Goals

  • Apply critical thinking skills to recognize the public health problems of vulnerable populations on a social and community scale.
  • Describe multidisciplinary and ecological public health issues and concerns.
  • Describe the biological basis of health and disease from a population viewpoint.
  • Understand the role of health promotion and health prevention in public health.
  • Recognize the role of quantitative methods in addressing Public Health issues.
  • Utilize health policy and health administration to positively affect public health.
  • Understand the role of the environment on health.
  • Apply cultural competencies and ethical considerations to public health problems.
  • Utilize knowledge in global health issues and global consciousness to address health issues worldwide.

Objectives

The Public Health program at Westminster College prepares those interested in a career in public health or health sciences with the proper tools necessary to promote health and prevent illness in Utah, the Intermountain West, the United States, and the world. The program is grounded in the belief that effective public health practitioners are properly trained in the core competencies of public health:  critical analysis and assessment, policy development and program planning, communication, cultural and global competency, community dimensions of practice, basic public health science, and leadership and systems thinking. We accomplish this while embracing the core values of Westminster College: impassioned teaching and active learning, respect for diverse people and perspectives, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social responsibility, college-wide excellence and high ethical standards.

This educational endeavor allows us to prepare public health workers as well as citizens who are truly ready to meet the health challenges of the 21st century and to meet the diverse needs of public health locally, nationally and globally.

Program Requirements

The undergraduate degree in public health can be completed in four years. Requirements include coursework in the humanities, life sciences, behavioral and physical sciences, world languages, and public health. Many of the courses are structured such that they are sequential.

The academic minor requires 22 credits to complete. Requirements include 14 credits of public health coursework and 8 credits of approved electives.

Additional information about college policies is provided in the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies and Procedures sections of the catalog.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Public Health major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore requirements

Public Health Major

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 4
Public Health majors must complete four (4) credit hours in a single world language.
II. Prerequisite Courses 18-19
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) MATH 101 or 105
PHIL 216 Ethical Issues in Health and Healthcare (3)
Choose one of the following courses: 
  • CHEM 103 Introduction to Chemistry and Lab (4)
MATH 101 or 105
  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab (4)
co-requisites: MATH 144 or
equivalent
Choose one of the following courses: 
  • BIOL 103 Human Anatomy and Lab (4)
  • BIOL 104 Human Physiology and Lab (4)
BIOL 103
  • BIOL 111 Clinical Microbiology and Lab (4)
  • BIOL 131 Human Genetics (3)
Choose one of the following courses: 
  • PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth (4)
  • WCSBS 104 Culture in Anthropology (4)
  • SOC 105 The Sociological Imagination (4)
III. Lower Division Courses 11
PUBH 101 Introduction to Public Health (3)
PUBH 190 Public Health Seminar I (1)
PUBH 210 Infectious and Chronic Diseases (3)
PUBH 250 Global Health (4)
IV. Upper Division Courses* 19
PUBH 305 Epidemiology (4) PUBH 101, 210
PUBH 310 Social and Behavioral Factors in Public Health (4) PUBH 101, 210
PUBH 320 Environmental Health (4) PUBH 305
PUBH 390 Public Health Seminar II (1) PUBH 190
Take two of the following courses:
  • PUBH 330 Health Promotion and Education (3)
PUBH 310
  • PUBH 340 Health Care Administration (3)
PUBH 101
  • PUBH 350 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
PUBH 305, 310
V. Senior Capstone 8
PUBH 480 Research Methods in Public Health (4) PUBH 305, 310, 320
PUBH 490 Capstone Research Project (4)
VI. Electives 12
Students choose 12 hours of Public Health or related coursework, listed on the following pages.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH MAJOR 72-73

* A total of 30 upper-division credits (300 or above) are required for graduation.

Recommended Plan of Study for Public Health

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year Learning Community
WCore Prereq
WCore Prereq
Language Prereq
PUBH 101
WCore Prereq
WCore Prereq
Language Prereq
Sophomore Year

BIOL Prereq
DATA Prereq
PUBH 101


CHEM Prereq
PUBH 190
PUBH 210
PUBH 250

Junior Year

PHIL 216
PUBH 305
PUBH 310
PUBH 390


PUBH 320
PUBH 330/340/350
PUBH 390
PUBH elective

Senior Year

PUBH 330/340/350
PUBH 480
PUBH elective


PUBH 490
PUBH elective


Public Health Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 14
PUBH 101 Introduction to Public Health (3)
PUBH 210 Infectious and Chronic Diseases (3)
PUBH 250 Global Health (4)
PUBH 305 Epidemiology (4) PUBH 101, 210
II. Electives 8
Four (4) hours of Public Health or related coursework, 200-level or above
Four (4) hours of Public Health or related coursework, 300-level or above
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH MINOR 22

Suggested Elective Coursework

Electives must be approved by the student’s advisor. Because of the broad nature of public health, electives can be from a diverse number of departments and schools. Courses used as part of the major requirements cannot be used again as electives. The following are suggestions based on the student’s specific area of interest. Please note these courses may have prerequisites that will also need to be fulfilled:

Requirement Description
Prerequisites
Administration/Policy
COMM 240 Introduction to Mass Media (4)
COMM 324 Electronic Communication in the Global Community (4)
COMM 340 Communication Theory and Persuasion (4)
MGMT 205 Leadership Development (2) PSYC 105 or INTR 100
MGMT 430 The Nonprofit Organization (4)
MGMT 433 Organizational Behavior (4) MGMT 305
PLSC 303 Public Administration and Bureaucracy (4)
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
Life Sciences
BIOL 103 Human Anatomy and Lab (4)
BIOL 104 Human Physiology and Lab (4) BIOL 103 or consent of instructor
BIOL 111 Clinical Microbiology and Lab (4)
BIOL 303 Microbiology and Lab (4) BIOL 204, 205; CHEM 111, 112
BIOL 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4) BIOL 205; CHEM 304. BIOL 204 recommended
BIOL 402 Immunology and Lab (4) BIOL 204, 205; CHEM 111, 112, 303. BIOL 303 recommended
CHEM 111–112 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Lab (4–4) MATH 144 or equivalent
CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4) CHEM 103
CHEM 303–304 Organic Chemistry I and II and Lab (4–4) CHEM 111, 112
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4) BIOL 205; CHEM 304. BIOL 204 recommended
ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4)
Social Sciences
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)
PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4) PSYC 105
PSYC 363 Exploring Addictions (3) PSYC 105
SOC 313 Social Theory (4)
SOC 345 Human Sexuality (4)
SOC 390 Social Research Methods (4) DATA 220
JUST 109 Imagining (In)justice (4)
Statistics/Informatics
CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science (4)  MATH 101 or 105
CMPT 202 Introduction to Data Structures (4) CMPT 201
CMPT 307 Database Systems (4) CMPT 202
CMPT 335 Computer Security (4) CMPT 251
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) MATH 105
MATH 202 Calculus II (4) MATH 201 or placement test
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4) MATH 202
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4). MATH 202
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