Public Health

Major: Public Health
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health and well-being of communities. Where some healthcare professionals focus on treating individuals after they become sick or are injured, public health professionals are concerned with the health of entire populations, attempting to prevent problems from occurring or recurring through education, policy development, advocacy, service, and research.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary approach of the Dornsife School of Public Health, students in the major will take courses originating from the various public health core disciplines which include epidemiology, community health and prevention, environmental and occupational health, and health management and policy. The diversity in course offerings provides the students with the general foundations of each discipline within public health. Student learning is enhanced by faculty expertise from a wide array of backgrounds including epidemiology, community health, global health, sociology, psychology, medicine, health policy, health economics, industrial hygiene, and anthropology, in addition to many more. As the students progress through the major, they will gain more breadth and depth in the specific discipline of their choosing through the co-op experience, as well as the capstone courses in their senior year.

The Dornsife School of Public Health is dedicated to the integration of social justice and human rights in academic public health and being a model for interdisciplinary collaboration and civic engagement. Additionally, a commitment to global engagement is core to the School's mission. The Global Public Health Initiative was created to provide opportunities for all public health student to gain rich and meaningful experiences working on health issues that transcend national boundaries or that may be influenced by circumstances or experiences in other countries.

Upon completion of the degree, students will be better equipped to complete graduate education in public health or health sciences. Students will have acquired skills that could be translated into the workplace (city, state, or local government, nonprofit, etc.) or other post-baccalaureate educational settings such as an MPH, JD or MD.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

Erin Durkin, M.S.
Senior Academic Advisor
eed57@drexel.edu
267-359-6015

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website including how to apply.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
UNIV PH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Students must select one of the following math sequences:12.0
Introduction to Analysis I
and Introduction to Analysis II
and Mathematics for the Life Sciences
Or
Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
Physical and Life Sciences Requirements *16.0
Students must select one of the following biology sequences:
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
and Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
and Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
and Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Or
Cells and Biomolecules
and Cells and Biomolecules Lab
and Genetics and Evolution
and Genetics and Evolution Lab
and Physiology and Ecology
and Anatomy and Ecology Lab
Students must select one of the following chemistry sequences:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Or
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Social Science Requirements
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Social Science Electives:37.0
Urban Anthropology
Anthropology of Immigration
Ethnographic Methods
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics of Health Care Systems
Sociology of the Environment
Geographic Information Systems
Equatorial Guinea: Society & Environment
History of Work & Workers in America
Principles of Human Resource Administration
Health-Care Ethics I
Management Information Systems
Organizational Behavior
Women and Children: Health & Society
Injury Prevention and Control
Burden of Disease
Drugs, Society, and Public Health
Violence and Trauma in Public Health
Health Inequality
Biomedical Ethics
International Human Rights
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Psychology - Inequity & Injustice
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Sociology of Health and Illness
Women's Health and Human Rights
Public Heath Core Course Requirements
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 302Introduction to the History of Public Health3.0
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
PBHL 304Introduction to Health & Human Rights3.0
PBHL 308The U.S. Public Health System3.0
PBHL 314Environmental and Occupational Health3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements
Select 1 course from each PH Department - CHP, EOH, EPI, and HMP12.0
Select 12 additional PH course credits12.0
Public Health Capstone Experience
PBHL 497Capstone Experience I2.0
PBHL 498Capstone Experience II3.0
PBHL 499Capstone Experience III3.0
Free Electives39.0
Total Credits181.0

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.


Sample Plan of Study

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 1073.0BIO 1093.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
BIO 1081.0BIO 1101.0MATH 239 or 1234.0 
ENGL 1013.0CIVC 1011.0SOC 1013.0 
MATH 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Free electives6.0 
PBHL 1013.0MATH 102 or 1224.0  
UNIV PH1011.0PSY 1013.0  
 15 15 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 1114.0CHEM 1124.0COM 2303.0COOP 101*1.0
PBHL 3033.0PBHL 3013.0PBHL 3043.0Free elective3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health requirement3.0PBHL 3023.0PBHL 3143.0Social Science electives7.0
Social Science electives6.0Interdisciplinary Public Health requirements6.0Free electives6.0Interdisciplinary Public Health requirements6.0
 16 16 15 17
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PBHL 3083.0COM 2303.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Free elective3.0Interdisciplinary Public Health requirement3.0  
Interdisciplinary Public Health requirement3.0Social Science electives6.0  
Social Science electives6.0   
 15 12 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
PBHL 4972.0PBHL 4983.0PBHL 4993.0 
Social Science electives6.0Social Science electives6.0Interdisciplinary Public Health requirement3.0 
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0Free electives9.0 
 14 15 15 
Total Credits 181

 

 

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