Public Health

Bachelor of Science Degree: 181.0 quarter credits

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 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 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:

1.      Illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of public health in disease prevention and health promotion on both individuals and populations.

2.      Recognize the interconnectedness between physical and natural sciences and how each address population-based health challenges. 

3.      Illustrate the fundamental relationship between health and human rights and the role of social justice and ethics. 

4.      Highlight the important role that epidemiology and surveillance play in shaping and protecting the health of populations. 

5.      Recognize the importance of historical context regarding public health milestones as they shape policies and programs. 

6.      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. 

7.      Identify and address population health challenges through the various public health concentrations. 

8.      Illustrate the overarching role that the social determinants of health have in promoting or hindering health. 

9.      Acquire a working knowledge of the US healthcare and healthcare delivery system.

 

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
UNIV PH101The Drexel Experience3.0
Students 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
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 112General Chemistry II4.0
CHEM 113General Chemistry I Laboratory1.5
CHEM 114General Chemistry II Laboratory1.5
Social Science Requirements
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Select 7 additional social science electives from the following list:21.0
Urban Anthropology
Anthropology of Immigration
Ethnographic Methods
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics of Health Care Systems
Geographic Information Systems
Sociology of the Environment
Environmental Health
History of Work & Workers in America
Women and Work in America
Women in American History
Principles of Human Resource Administration
Building Global Bridges
Culture and Values
Management Information Systems
Organizational Behavior
Biomedical Ethics
International Human Rights
Topics in Public Policy
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Critical Psychology
Social Problems
Race and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Health
Issues in Domestic Violence
Women's Health & 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 306Introduction to Community Health3.0
PBHL 308The U.S. Public Health System3.0
PBHL 309Public Health Ethics3.0
PBHL 311Public Health Biology3.0
PBHL 312Making Sense of Public Health Data3.0
PBHL 313The Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being3.0
PBHL 314Environmental and Occupational Health3.0
PBHL 315Public Health Leadership3.0
PBHL 317The World's Water3.0
Select five of the following Public Health courses:15.0
Equatorial Guinea: Society & Environment
Women and Children: Health & Society
Injury Prevention and Control
Burden of Disease
Drugs, Society, and Public Health
Violence and Trauma in Public Health
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 Center. 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. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101
or 121
Introduction to Analysis I
Calculus I
4.0
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
UNIV PH101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 102
or 121
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus I
4.0
UNIV PH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
Social Science3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 239
or 123
Mathematics for the Life Sciences
Calculus III
4.0
Free Elective6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 113General Chemistry I Laboratory1.5
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
PBHL 305Women and Children: Health & Society3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.5
Term 5
CHEM 112General Chemistry II4.0
CHEM 114General Chemistry II Laboratory1.5
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 304Introduction to Health & Human Rights3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.5
Term 6
Free elective3.0
PBHL 302Introduction to the History of Public Health3.0
Public Health (PBHL) required course3.0
Social Science electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
Public Health (PBHL) required courses6.0
Social Science elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
Public Health (PBHL) required courses6.0
Public Health (PBHL) elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
Public Health (PBHL) required courses6.0
Public Health (PBHL) elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
PBHL 497Capstone Experience I3.0
Public Health (PBHL) elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
PBHL 498Capstone Experience II3.0
Public Health (PBHL) elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
PBHL 499Capstone Experience III3.0
Public Health (PBHL) elective3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 181.0

 

 

Courses

PBHL 101 Public Health 101 3.0 Credits

Introduction to Public Health is a broad overview class designed to give an introduction to the core tenets of Public Health. Basic concepts covered in the class are the basic definitions and concepts related to public health. Specific areas that will be further explored in the class include, what it means to be healthy, what is public health, what are social determinants of health, what is disease prevention and health promotion and what are health inequalities among others.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PBHL 301 Epidemiology in Public Health 3.0 Credits

This is an introductory course designed to teach undergraduate students the basic principles and concepts of epidemiology. The course highlights the approaches used in the field of epidemiology to study disease in populations, incorporating concepts of disease causation and control.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 302 Introduction to the History of Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course considers the origins of contemporary public health by examining major currents in the history of public health in the United States from Colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th century.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 303 Overview of Issues in Global Health 3.0 Credits

This introductory course will cover the major issues and considerations involved in global health. It is a survey course that is designed to familiarize students with the major topics in the global health. The goal of the course is to provide students with an overview of concepts such as the determinants of health, the measurements of health status and global burden of the disease.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 304 Introduction to Health & Human Rights 3.0 Credits

This introductory course highlights the intrinsic link between one's health and his/her fundamental human rights. When such rights (access to medical care, housing, food, standard of living) are violated, this can lead to adverse health outcomes.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 305 Women and Children: Health & Society 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to give students a broad overview of pertinent issues surrounding the health and well being of mothers and children. The course emphasizes the inter-relationship among women's health, reproductive health and child health.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PBHL 306 Introduction to Community Health 3.0 Credits

This three credit course will provide the foundation for studying the root causes affecting community health in the United States, as well as broad efforts to improve world health. This course is designed to enhance oral and written communications on public health issues, advocacy, and public policy, while enhancing content, process skills, and other essential competencies.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: D]

PBHL 307 Injury Prevention and Control 3.0 Credits

This course examines the history of injury as one of the core public health problems in the United States. The subsequent costs and burdens to the healthcare system are explored using current information from the academic literature, local and national interest groups, and government agencies. Policy and behavioral interventions are addressed. Where possible, extensions to international settings are made.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PBHL 308 The U.S. Public Health System 3.0 Credits

This course will provide students with an understanding of the organizational components of the public health system in the United States. Among the topics covered are the roles of different levels of government in the financing, delivery, and regulation of public health services and the complementary private, non-profit components of the public health system. The course addresses several current, critical public health policy issues and how different political and economic interests and actors interact in shaping public policy on these issues.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 309 Public Health Ethics 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the emergence of the public health field, its philosophical, historical, and political development, its relationship to the field of human rights and its future. Emphasis will be placed on developing a mastery of the current literature on the subject and on formulating novel approaches in public health ethics. This is a reading and writing intensive course, and students should be prepared to engage in serious dialogue each week in class.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 310 Burden of Disease 3.0 Credits

This course will cover selected topics of the burden of disease with critical review of the current public health literature. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic concepts and methods of exploring risk factors and assessing the burden of disease at regional, national and global levels, through class lectures, group exercise and individual projects.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PBHL 311 Public Health Biology 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the biologic basics of the causes, natural history, and prevention of diseases of public health importance. An integrated perspective will be used to demonstrate the connection between exposures and cellular effects, disease processes in individuals, and population impacts. Coverage will include infectious disease transmission and prevention; cancer biology regarding etiology, prevention, and treatment; nutritional influences in obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BIO 107 [Min Grade: C] and BIO 108 [Min Grade: C] and PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 312 Making Sense of Public Health Data 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics as they relate to applications in public health practice and research.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 313 The Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being 3.0 Credits

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the patterning of health and well-being among social groups within and between societies, and how a social science approach can improve our understanding of health and illness at a population level, and identify possible public health strategies for reducing health disparities.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 314 Environmental and Occupational Health 3.0 Credits

The goal of this course is to provide students with basic knowledge of EOH as it applies to the practice of public health from individual, community and political perspectives. Students will also gain skills needed to understand and conduct scientific research related to EOH. Students will be expected to critically analyze EOH issues and explore appropriate responses.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 315 Public Health Leadership 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with an introduction to the environment and organizations in public health leadership. This course introduces leadership skills to lead changes in public health organizations. The cases and lectures throughout the course have been designed to develop leadership approaches for public health agencies.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 316 Drugs, Society, and Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course will examine problems associated with drug use through the prism of public health. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of key licit and illicit substances. The second half will focus on relevant public health aspects of drug use, including preventions, intervention, treatment, and policy. Intersecting issues include homelessness, HIV/AIDS, mental health & violence. Students will be exposed to key books and peer-reviewed articles that address these issues from a range of theoretical & analytical approaches.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PBHL 317 The World's Water 3.0 Credits

This course will discuss the approaches that may be taken to improve access to water and sanitation and improve public health. The course will also cover water remediation and safeguard techniques for the improvement of water quality, as well as gender and development perspectives.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 101 [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 318 Violence and Trauma in Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on the public health policy and practice aspects of trauma violence and adversity. The course will begin by laying a foundation of trauma theory and then will examine the impact of emerging knowledge on individuals, communities and systems. The course will examine trauma informed models, which have been applied to individuals, communities and systems and will analyze the policy and practice implications of these models as well as the translation from research to practice.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PBHL 320 Exploring the HIV/AIDS Pandemic 3.0 Credits

This course examines the natural history, diagnosis and surveillance of HIV/AIDS. While this is an epidemiology based course, the students will also learn the basic virology of HIV, including the life cycle and genetic diversity of the virus in order to more fully describe the epidemiology of the pandemic. In addition to learning about the biology and epidemiology of the pandemic which can limit its control. Students will be responsible for reporting on a country of their choice, describing the history, epidemiology, and methods of control utilized by that country.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BIO 107 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 302 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 311 [Min Grade: C-]

PBHL 321 Disease Outbreak Investigations 3.0 Credits

The emergence of new pathogens and drug resistance, as well as increased transmission opportunities caused by globalization has led to a rising prevalence of new infectious diseases as well as reemergence of older diseases. this course will focus on the surveillance, identification, control, and prevention of selected infectious diseases of Public Health importance both globally and within the U.S. Specific areas that will be addressed include the causative agents, the routes of transmission, the host responses, environmental factors, unique risk factors, outbreak investigations, surveillance and strategies for control and prevention. We will incorporate the history of communicable disease control efforts where relevant and discuss the role of increased globalization in the spread of infectious diseases.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BIO 107 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 301 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 311 [Min Grade: C-]

PBHL 399 Independent Study 0.5-12.0 Credits

This course will provide a course of independent study in Public Health. Topics for study must be approved in advance of registration by the advisor and the instructor involved.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PBHL 497 Capstone Experience I 3.0 Credits

The senior capstone is a progressive 3-quarter experience with cross cutting competencies for graduating public health major seniors to provide them with an individualized learning experience of breadth and depth. Students will work with faculty members to design a project that will fulfill both his/her public health interests as well as the broader capstone objectives. Students will participate in in-class learning with other public health majors to acquire foundational concepts, which they can apply to their individualized project.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PBHL 301 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 302 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 303 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 304 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 306 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 308 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 309 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 311 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 312 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 313 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 314 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 315 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 317 [Min Grade: C-]

PBHL 498 Capstone Experience II 3.0 Credits

The senior capstone is a progressive 3-quarter experience with cross cutting competencies for graduating public health major seniors to provide them with an individualized learning experience of breadth and depth. Students will work with faculty members to design a project that will fulfill both his/her public health interests as well as the broader capstone objectives. Students will participate in in-class learning with other public health majors to acquire foundational concepts, which they can apply to their individualized project.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PBHL 301 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 302 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 303 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 304 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 306 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 308 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 309 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 311 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 312 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 313 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 314 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 315 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 317 [Min Grade: C-]

PBHL 499 Capstone Experience III 3.0 Credits

The senior capstone is a progressive 3-quarter experience with cross cutting competencies for graduating public health major seniors to provide them with an individualized learning experience of breadth and depth. Students will work with faculty members to design a project that will fulfill both his/her public health interests as well as the broader capstone objectives. Students will participate in in-class learning with other public health majors to acquire foundational concepts, which they can apply to their individualized project.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PBHL 301 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 302 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 303 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 304 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 306 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 308 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 309 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 311 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 312 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 313 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 314 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 315 [Min Grade: C-] and PBHL 317 [Min Grade: C-]

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