Public Health Major

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Public Health Major

The bachelor of applied science (B.A.Sc.) in Public Health prepares students to succeed as professionals in global employment or for the pursuit of advanced degrees. Students can select from two areas of concentration in either Community Health Education & Promotion or School Health Education.

Community Health Education & Promotion Concentration

Graduates of the Community Health Education & Promotion concentration are prepared to:

  • practice in a range of community settings (e.g., schools, voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, corporate work sites, and businesses)
  • pursue graduate education (such as master's degrees in public health, health education, psychology, environmental health & safety)
  • seek professional school training (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, dental hygiene)
  • earn related certifications in their fields of interest (e.g., certified health education specialist, certified health coach)

Curriculum

All students in the Community Health Education & Promotion concentration participate in a service learning capstone experience through internship and/or assistantship. Coursework includes:

Required coursework

BIO 1001 - Biology and Society (4.0 cr)
HLTH 1100 - Health and Wellness Strategies for Life (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1104 - Health Science Terminology (3.0 cr)
STAT 1411 - Introduction to Statistics (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1470 - Human Nutrition (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1800 - Introduction to Public Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 2200 - Research and Evaluation in Health Science (3.0 cr)
HLTH 2800 - Foundations of Public Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 2900 - Professional Preparation in Public Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3000 - Program Administration in Public Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3115 - Consumer Health Education (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3116 - Principles of Epidemiology and Human Disease (3.0 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Advanced Writing (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3300 - Public Health Communication (4.0 cr)
HLTH 3303 - Planning Community Health Interventions (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3305 - Community Health Methods (4.0 cr)
HLTH 3500 - Environmental Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 4996 - Internship

Additional coursework available in

HLTH 3117 - Principles of Sex Education (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3118 - Women's Health Issues (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3119 - Arts in Public Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3202 - Drug Education (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3307 - Conducting and Managing Worksite Health Promotion Programs (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3341 - Encountering Death and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Journey (3.0 cr)
HLTH 4100 - Historical Perspectives of Community Health Through Culture & Art in Italy (3.0 cr) (Study Abroad in Italy)
HLTH 4120 - Holistic Health and Healing (3.0 cr) (Study Abroad in the United Kingdom)
HLTH 4700 - Global Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 4710 - Grant Development and Writing in the Social Sciences (3.0 cr)

Requirements

For a complete list of the major requirements and course descriptions, please visit the Public Health major catalog page. View a sample plan that shows one of several possible ways to complete this degree. Interested in seeing student projects related to their coursework? Check out our Spring 2021 Virtual Showcase! The program learning outcomes (PDF) are available for the Community Health Education & Promotion concentration, and our alumni are putting those skills to work after graduation. Learn more about the positive job outlook for public health professionals.

Quality Assurance

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation logo

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Public Health with a concentration of Community Health Education & Promotion at the University of Minnesota Duluth is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution are not included in the unit of accreditation.

 

  • March 2, 2019: Initial application accepted
  • October 13, 2020: Preliminary consultation
  • March 2, 2021: Submission of preliminary self-study
  • September 14, 2021: Submission of final self-study & third-party comments
  • October 14-15, 2021: Site visit
  • March 7, 2022: Accreditation decision date
  • March 15, 2022: Notified that the CEPH Board of Councilors acted at its March 6-7, 2022, meeting to accredit the Public Health Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth for a five-year term, with an interim report due in winter 2024. Based on CEPH procedures, the program’s initial accreditation date will be recorded as March 2, 2019. The accreditation term extends until July 1, 2027, pending the program’s continued documentation of compliance through the interim report, annual reporting, and any other reporting required by the Council. To request a copy of the self-study or accreditation report, send an email to the Department of Applied Human Sciences at [email protected].

Prior to CEPH accreditation, the University of Minnesota Duluth Public Health program was approved by the SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC), which reviewed and evaluated community health education programs through 2014. The program earned SABPAC approvals in both 2003 and 2013.

School Health Education Concentration

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Students who graduate with a BASc in Public Health with a concentration in School Health Education are qualified to teach K-12 health curriculum in Minnesota school systems. A school health educator improves the health literacy and health behaviors of young people through education about health and wellness topics, such as exercise, nutrition, stress, personal growth, and safety.

Curriculum

All students in the School Health Education concentration must demonstrate acceptable professional performance, including dispositions & teaching skills, in field placement. Coursework includes:

HLTH 1100 - Health and Wellness Strategies for Life [LE CAT8, SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1470 - Human Nutrition [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3101 - Community Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3117 - Principles of Sex Education (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3202 - Drug Education (2.0 cr)
HLTH 3301 - Foundations of Public Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3302 - School Health Education Methods and Materials (3.0 cr)
PETE 3400 - Adapted Physical Education (3.0 cr)
SPED 3415 - Special Education in the Secondary School (3.0 cr)
EDSE 4100 - Teaching in a Diverse Society (3.0 cr)
EDSE 4501 - Adolescent/Adult Development and Learning Theory (3.0 cr)
EDSE 4204 - Designing Learning Environments and Lessons (3.0 cr)
EDUC 4381 - Teaching Indigenous Students (3.0 cr)
EDSE 4525 - Assessment for Secondary Education (3.0 cr)
EDSE 4600 - Student Teaching (3.0-24.0 cr)

For a complete list of the major requirements and course descriptions, please visit the Public Health major catalog page. View a sample plan that shows one of several possible ways to complete this degree. Our alumni are putting their skills to work after graduation.

Quality Assurance

The concentration aligns to the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) standards for Health Education in grades K-12 in Minnesota.