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 clinical professionals such as doctors and nurses focus on treating individuals after they become sick or are injured, public health professional 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 ranging from 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 breath 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, non for profit, etc.) or other post baccalaureate educational settings such as an MPH, JD or MD.

Goals and Objectives

By the conclusion of the major, all students will be able to:

  • Illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of public health in disease prevention and health promotion on both individuals and populations.
  • Recognize the interconnectedness between physical and natural sciences and how each address population-based health challenges. 
  • Illustrate the fundamental relationship between health and human rights and the role of social justice and ethics. 
  • Highlight the important role that epidemiology and surveillance play in shaping and protecting the health of populations. 
  • Recognize the importance of historical context regarding public health milestones as they shape policies and programs. 
  • Obtain a greater understanding of the role of culture and values and how they influence relationships between social determinants of health and the built environment. 
  • Identify and address population health challenges through the various public health concentrations. 
  • Illustrate the overarching role that the social determinants of health have in promoting or hindering health. 
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the US healthcare and healthcare delivery system.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

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

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
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 Requirements16.0
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 Genetics
and Evolution & Organismal Diversity
and Physiology and Ecology
*Please note that student who take the BIO 122, BIO 124, and BIO 126 sequence will be required to take fewer free electives.
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 I3.0
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

Term 1Credits
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
MATH 101
or 121
Introduction to Analysis I
Calculus I
4.0
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
UNIV PH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
MATH 102
or 122
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus II
4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
MATH 239
or 123
Mathematics for the Life Sciences
Calculus III
4.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0
Social Science electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
CHEM 112General Chemistry II4.0
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 302Introduction to the History of Public Health3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PBHL 304Introduction to Health & Human Rights3.0
PBHL 314Environmental and Occupational Health3.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
Free elective3.0
Social Science electives7.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
PBHL 308The U.S. Public Health System3.0
Free elective3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0
Social Science electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0
Social Science electives6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 10
PBHL 497Capstone Experience I3.0
Social Science electives6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
PBHL 498Capstone Experience II3.0
Social Science electives6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
PBHL 499Capstone Experience III3.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirement3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 181.0

 

 

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