Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies at Temple's College of Public Health provides a platform for students interested in health fields which do not require a breadth of bench sciences. Students can utilize the flexibility of this program to explore a wide range of interests and to tailor their degree to their own interests in areas such as public health, health information management, or psychology (just to name a few), while also preparing for careers in occupational therapy, athletic training, and many more. 

Students in the BA in Health Studies will take a wide range of courses in public health, anatomy and physiology, statistics, and health care. This interdisciplinary approach will help prepare students to become professionals who seek healthcare solutions focused on interdisciplinary approaches and upstream interventions resulting in innovative solutions to patient and health care issues.

What makes this program special?

Flexible Curriculum:
Students will have the opportunity to work with academic advisors and tailor their degree to their goals and interests.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum:
Course work will provide background in the science of the human body, determinants of health, health communication, nutrition, health care systems, and much more.

Extraordinary Educators:
Students take courses from leaders and innovators across fields in the College of Public Health. These educators use innovative classroom approaches and a wealth of practical experience to bring real world lessons and skills to the curriculum.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

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

All University GenEd courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C- in order to count toward graduation; however, students are encouraged to aim for the B grade or higher to improve their chances for successful admission to their graduate program of choice. It should be noted that the Department of Kinesiology requires KINS 1223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and KINS 1224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II to fulfill the GenEd Science & Technology requirement. Further note that KINS 1223 and KINS 1224 are required prerequisites for admission to the majority of health related graduate programs, and students are encouraged to earn a B or better in those classes.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses for this major are HRPR 3096 and HRPR 4096.

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.

Major Requirements

All program courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. However, if a student wants to be successful when applying for a graduate program in the health related fields, it is recommended that all program courses be completed with a minimum grade of B. This is especially important for the core courses  and required prerequisites. 

It should also be noted that some electives are 3 credits and others are 4 credits. In planning the course of study, the student needs to be mindful of the 120-credit requirement for graduation when choosing electives. It is expected the student will work with his/her advisor to ensure the 120 credits are reached and timely completion of the BA HS degree is on track.  

College Requirement
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
Required Core
HIM 1101Medical Terminology3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
SBS 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
KINS 4242Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior3
HRPR 3096Cultural Competency in Health and Healthcare (WI)3
HRPR 4096Introduction to the Narrative in Patient-Centered Health Care (WI)3
Choose from content electives from across the college31
International Health
Public Health without Borders
Epidemiology 360: Determinants, Disease and Health-related Outcomes
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Research Methods
Health Information Management IT Fundamentals
Pathophysiology
Contemporary Aspects of Disability
Introduction to Mindfulness
An Introduction to Holistic Practices and Integrative Medicine
HRPR 2442
HRPR 3443
Motor Behavior
Biomechanics of Physical Activity
Health Geography
Introduction to Sociology for Health Professions
Sociology of Aging
Health Communication
Community-Based Participatory Research I
Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals
KINS 2000+ choice of Kinesiology courses
PSY 2000+ Choice of Advance Psychology courses
PHIL 1000-4999 Choice of Ethics Courses
Total Credit Hours69

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
HIM 1101Medical Terminology3
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
SBS 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
Free Elective 2,33
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
Free Elective2,34-3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
Free Elective2,33
Free Elective2,33
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
Free Elective2,33
Free Elective2,33
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
HRPR 3096Cultural Competency in Health and Healthcare [WI]3
KINS 4242Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior3
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
HRPR 4096Introduction to the Narrative in Patient-Centered Health Care [WI]3
Elective (Based on educational goals)14
Elective (Based on educational goals)13
Free Elective2,33
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 120