Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are SBS 3496 and SBS 3596.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Clearance Requirements

Please note the Public Health program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. These placements may require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances and perhaps a drug screen. Placements may also require the student to maintain personal health insurance. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. See www.nchec.org for information about credentialing in public health.

Public Health Program Requirements

Students must complete a set of specific courses in the major, including a Health-Related Professions Core course, Cognate Core courses, and Public Health Major courses, including two credit-earning internships (SBS 3185 and SBS 4185). Also required are two public health electives, one Cognate elective and three general (free) electives. The major requires a minimum of 122 total credits.

All Public Health course work (those courses with an ENVH, EPBI, HPM, or SBS designation and courses approved as a cognate elective) must be completed with a grade of C or higher. 

Health-Related Professions Core Course 1
HRPR 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
Cognate Core 1
CIS 1055Computers and Applications4
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I 23-4
or KINS 1221 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II 23-4
or KINS 1222 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II
STRC 1111Public Speaking3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
General Electives
Three courses are required. These may be the choice of the student.9
Lower-Division Public Health Coursework
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
SBS 1104Nutrition and Health3
SBS 1105Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives3
SBS 1106Human Sexuality3
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
SBS 2216Ethnicity, Culture and Health3
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
Upper-Division Public Health Coursework
EPBI 3101Introduction to Epidemiology3
EPBI 3102Introduction to Research Methods3
SBS 3104Professional Seminar in Public Health I3
SBS 3105Fundamentals of Health Education3
SBS 3496Community-Based Health Program Planning I (WI)3
SBS 3596Community-Based Health Program Planning II (WI)3
SBS 3185Internship I4
SBS 4185Internship II8
Public Health Electives
Select two of the following: 36
International Health
Honors Global Health
Contemporary Health Issues
Health Communication
Man-Made Disasters: Radiological, Chemical & Biological Terrorism
Principles of Emergency Management: A Public Health Perspective
AIDS and Society
Diet and Weight Management
Coping with Life Stress Workshop
Holistic Health and Aging
Natural Disasters: Response & Recovery
Violence and Injury Prevention
Communication in Health Care Settings
Advanced Human Sexuality
Trauma and Coping
Special Populations: Strategic Community Outreach
HEART Peer Educator Training
Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals
International Health Study Abroad 4
Directed Research in Public Health
Honors Directed Research: Prevention Research in Public Health
Cognate Elective
Select one course with approval of a departmental academic advisor3
Total Credit Hours93
1

Students must successfully pass the Health-Related Professions Core course, the Cognate Core courses, and general electives with a minimum grade of C- or higher. Students not demonstrating the ability to meet this academic requirement will not be permitted to progress to the upper-division Public Health and related electives in the curriculum.

2

Students should consult with their advisor for information on the distinctions between Anatomy and Physiology selection sequence and its implication for the degree and career goals. Satisfactory completion of the KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence or the KINS 1223 and KINS 1224 sequence will meet the two-course GenEd Science and Technology requirement. The courses are similar, but not interchangeable, and must be taken in the correct sequence. Students choosing the KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence may need to take an additional 2-credit elective to meet credit hours degree graduation requirement. Please see a departmental advisor for clarification.

3

Additional listings may be obtained from the academic advisor and approved for elective credit.

4

SBS 3208, a 6-credit course, fulfills the entire 6-credit Public Health elective requirement.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
General Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
KINS 1223 or 1221Human Anatomy and Physiology I13-4
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
SBS 1104Nutrition and Health3
SBS 1105Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives3
CIS 1055Computers and Applications4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
SBS 1106Human Sexuality3
KINS 1224 or 1222Human Anatomy and Physiology II13-4
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
SBS 2216Ethnicity, Culture and Health3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
SBS 3496Community-Based Health Program Planning I [WI]3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
STRC 1111Public Speaking3
HRPR 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
EPBI 3102Introduction to Research Methods3
SBS 3104Professional Seminar in Public Health I3
SBS 3105Fundamentals of Health Education3
SBS 3596Community-Based Health Program Planning II [WI]3
Public Health Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
SBS 3185Internship I4
EPBI 3101Introduction to Epidemiology3
Public Health Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
SBS 4185Internship II8
Cognate Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 122
1

Students should consult with their advisor for information on the distinctions between Anatomy and Physiology selection sequence and its implication for the degree and career goals. Satisfactory completion of KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence or KINS 1223 and KINS 1224 sequence will meet the two-course GenEd Science and Technology requirement. Courses are similar, but not interchangeable and must be taken in the correct sequence. Students choosing KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence may need to take an additional 2-credit elective to meet credit hours degree graduation requirement. Please see your advisor for clarification.