Public Health

Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Major:Public Health
Department:Bldg 38/Room 135
(850) 474-3191
https://uwf.edu/ukcoh/departments/public-health/
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:51.2201
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree program prepares graduates for careers in public health at the local, state, national and global health agencies as well as in community and organizational settings.  Graduates will be equipped with competencies to conduct health needs assessments; to develop, implement, and evaluate health programs geared toward disease prevention and control. With the appropriate mix of elective courses, graduates of the BS in Public Health degree program may petition NCHEC to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national exam. Additionally, the BS in Public Health degree prepares graduates for advanced public health education at the masters and doctoral levels with training in any of the major domains of social behavioral health sciences, environmental health, health policy, health education, epidemiology, and qualitative and quantitative research.

Admission Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must complete at least 120 semester hours with a minimum of 48 specified upper‐division hours (3000/4000 level) at UWF.  

Acceptance to the University does not constitute admission to the upper division Public Health Degree. Students entering UWF or declaring a major in public health will automatically be placed in a pending status until they meet the requirements for admission.

  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all previously attempted college work.
  • Student must be at the level of a sophomore or higher.
  • Students will not be admitted to the program less than one week before the beginning of the term in which they have applied.
  • Students must complete the BSPH Application form. 

Those who do not complete these requirements may be denied further registration, and may be prevented from further enrollment in Public Health courses. Not all states authorize online programs, if you reside outside of Florida you will want to check the status of your state's acceptance of this program: http://uwf.edu/online/out‐of‐state‐students/state‐authorization/

This program will not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status.  Contact the International Student Office for further information.

No more than 24% of the program requirements for this degree may be in traditional business subjects.

Students must consult with the BSPH academic advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum

Multicultural Requirement 

Civic Literacy Requirement

  1. Baccalaureate degree-seeking students initially entering a state university fall semester 2018 and thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through one of the following options prior to graduation:
    1. Successfully passing either POSX041 American Government or AMHX020 Introductory Survey Since 1877.  Each of the courses must include the following competencies:
      1. Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;
      2. An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application;
      3. Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government; and
      4. An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.
  2. Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:
Assessment Standard Score
Civic Literacy Exam 60
Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States 3
Advanced Placement United States History 4
CLEP American Government 50

*BOG 8.006

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

BSC 1085+LAnatomy and Physiology I (+Lab) *4
BSC 1086+LAnatomy and Physiology II (+Lab) *4
PSY 2012General Psychology *3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
Total Hours14

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. Students in the Interdisciplinary Specialization should see the list of Lower Division Requirements for guidance on how to meet these requirements.13
Total Hours13

Lower Division Electives:

Students must select 9 credit hours from the following:

Choose 3 courses of the following:9
Informatics and Your Health
Personal Health
Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
Introduction to Global Health Sciences (Meets Multicultural Requirement)
Total Hours9

Upper Division Major Courses: 

All Bachelor of Science students must complete the following required public health foundational courses [42-45 credit hours]

HSC 3032Foundations in Health Education3
HSA 3111Understanding U.S. Health Care (Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement)3
HSC 3510Data Analysis in the Health Sciences3
PHC 4101Essentials of Public Health3
PHC 4109 Diseases in Human Populations3
HSC 4211Human Environmental Health3
HSC 4730Research Methods and Evaluation in Health Promotion3
HSC 4500Epidemiology3
HSC 4300Changing Health Behaviors3
HSA 4191Health Information Systems3
MCB 4276Epidemiology of Infectious Disease3
BUL 4602Legal Fundamentals of Healthcare 3
PHC 4140Public Health Planning and Analysis3
or HSC 4581 Health Promotion and Planning
PHC 4940Public Health Capstone3-6
or HSC 4910 Senior Capstone Experience in Health Promotion
Total Hours42-45

Approved Electives:

Students must select up to 15-18 credit hours from the following courses based on career interests.  Students interested in completing the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) certification should consider the courses indicated for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.  Students should discuss their professional goals with their advisor and public health faculty before selecting elective courses. 

HSC 4584Health Promotion Strategies and Funding (Recommended for CHES exam)3
BSC 4434Bioinformatics and Data Science (Recommended for students interested in Public Health graduate education)3
STA 4173Biostatistics (Recommended for students interested in Public Health graduate education)3
PHC 4363Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Care Environment3
HSC 4583Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion and Planning (Recommended for CHES exam)3
HSC 4633Current Issues in Health Promotion (Recommended for CHES exam)3
PHC 4340Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene3
BSC 4854Bioterrorism3
HSC 4404Medical Disaster Management3
HSC 4572Nutrition and Health3
HSC 4143Drugs in Society3
HSC 4133Health Aspects of Human Sexuality3
GEY 4001Gerontology3
HSA 3551Health Ethics and Professionalism3
Total Hours15-18