Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Caite Wolak, M.P.H., Instructor in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Undergraduate Program Director
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ritter Annex, 9th Floor
215-204-9111
caite.wolak@temple.edu

Stephen J. Lepore, Ph.D., Founding Chair
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ritter Annex, 9th Floor
215-204-9422
slepore@temple.edu

https://cph.temple.edu/socialbehavioral

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Public Health is housed within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the College of Public Health. The undergraduate curriculum prepares students for diverse careers in the public health field that focus on creating, implementing, and evaluating interventions and programs designed to improve the health status and quality of life for all individuals.

As one of the few accredited undergraduate public health programs in the country, the department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health that serves as a national model in which students study the broad range of public health concerns, including individual disease prevention and injury/harm reduction behaviors, distribution and development of disease through epidemiological assessment and community program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students learn to use educational interventions to provide health information, gain experience in assessing the needs of target populations, clarify program goals and objectives, and develop strategies to motivate and involve their clients/patients in educational interventions.

All Public Health majors take a set of common theoretical courses designed to promote an understanding of health, wellness, and disease prevention. After completing university-required General Education courses, Public Health students complete courses in the core disciplines of public health within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as courses in other important and related disciplines, such as epidemiology, environmental health, and health services. Students also participate in over 600 hours of fieldwork experience in public health agencies, organizations, or other entities to gain invaluable real-world experience in the field.

The Public Health major trains entry-level public health workers to provide frontline preventive health information, services, and health behavior interventions at the community level, particularly in communities with high-risk populations. Majors receive intensive pre-professional training and direct public health work experience through internship experiences available throughout the city of Philadelphia. There are also opportunities to work alongside faculty members in one of the many research labs and centers in the Department. Graduates typically work in voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, corporate work sites, community health organizations, family planning clinics, and managed-care facilities. Some graduates also go on to graduate public health programs (Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Epidemiology) or programs in other health-related professions. Eligible students in the Public Health BS Program also can apply for the +1 BS-MPH accelerated program, in which they can earn a Master of Public Health degree at Temple typically in one additional year after completing the BS 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 the College 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 120 total credits.

All Public Health College and Major Core 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. 

Cognate Core 1
HIM 1055IT Applications for Health3
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
CSI 1111Introduction to Public Speaking3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
General Electives
Three courses are required. These may be the choice of the student.9
College Core Requirement
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
Public Health Major Core
Lower-Division Public Health Coursework
1000 Level Courses
Select two of the following: 6
Nutrition and Health
Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives
Human Sexuality
2000 Level Courses
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
SBS 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
SBS 2201Health Communication3
SBS 2216Ethnicity, Culture and Health3
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
Upper-Division Public Health Coursework
3000+ Level Courses
EPBI 3101Introduction to Epidemiology3
EPBI 3102Introduction to Research Methods3
SBS 3104Professional Seminar2
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
Contemporary Health Issues
AIDS and Society
Diet and Weight Management
Coping with Life Stress Workshop
Holistic Health and Aging
Contemporary Slavery and Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health
HEART Peer Educator Training
Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals
International Health
Honors International Health
Man-Made Disasters: Radiological, Chemical & Biological Terrorism
Natural Disasters: Response and Recovery
Violence and Injury Prevention
Principles of Emergency Management: A Public Health Perspective
Special Populations: Strategic Community Outreach
Cognate Elective
Select one course with approval of a departmental academic advisor3
Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere
The Urban Environment
Environmental Ethics
Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community
World Urban Patterns
Honors World Urban Patterns
Honors World Urban Patterns
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Healthcare Financing and Information Technology
Healthcare Quality and Risk Management
Medical Terminology
Contemporary Aspects of Disability
Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care
Physiology of Physical Activity
Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science
Topics in LGBT Studies
Environmental Ethics
Honors Environmental Ethics
Death and Dying
Honors Death and Dying
Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Societal Responses to Aging
Loss and Grief
Global Health
Urban Health
Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services
Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice
Arabic Elements II
Chinese Elements II
Introduction to French III
Introduction to German II
Elements II
Hindi Elements II
Italian Language II
Japanese Elements II
Korean Elements II
Latin 2
Basic II
First-Year Russian II
Intermediate
Vietnamese Elements II
Total Credit Hours91

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
Select one of the following 1000 level SBS courses:3
Nutrition and Health 
Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives 
Human Sexuality 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
HIM 1055IT Applications for Health3
CSI 1111Introduction to Public Speaking3
Select one of the following 1000 level SBS courses: 3
Nutrition and Health 
Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives 
Human Sexuality 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
KINS 1223 or 1221Human Anatomy and Physiology I13-4
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
SBS 2201Health Communication3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
KINS 1224 or 1222Human Anatomy and Physiology II13-4
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
SBS 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
SBS 2216Ethnicity, Culture and Health3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
SBS 3496Community-Based Health Program Planning I [WI]3
EPBI 3102Introduction to Research Methods3
Public Health Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
General Elective 3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
EPBI 3101Introduction to Epidemiology3
SBS 3104Professional Seminar2
SBS 3105Fundamentals of Health Education3
SBS 3596Community-Based Health Program Planning II [WI]3
General Elective3
 Term Credit Hours14
Year 4
Fall
SBS 3185Internship I4
Cognate Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
General Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
SBS 4185Internship II8
Public Health Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 120