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:

HLTH 1100 - Health and Wellness Strategies for Life [LE CAT8, SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
STAT 1411 - Introduction to Statistics [LE CAT, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1470 - Human Nutrition [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3000 - Program Administration in Public Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3101 - Community Health (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3115 - Consumer Health Education (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3116 - Principles of Epidemiology and Human Disease (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3200 - Research and Evaluation in Health Science (3.0 cr)
HLTH 3300 - Public Health Communication (4.0 cr)
HLTH 3301 - Foundations of Public Health (3.0 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)

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 2020 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

The University of Minnesota Duluth is currently an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The accreditation review will address the standalone Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Public Health for the concentration of Community Health Education & Promotion. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review. The timeline for our accreditation process is (dates are subject to change):

  • March 2, 2019: Initial Application Submission approved by the CEPH Board.
  • October 13, 2020: Preliminary consultation
  • March 2, 2021: Deadline for submission of preliminary self-study
  • October 14, 2021: Site visit
  • TBD 2022: Accreditation decision date

The date of initial accreditation will be whichever of the two dates occurs later: either (1) the date on which our application was accepted by the Council or (2) the date on which the most recent extension of applicant status was granted, if applicable. The Council assigns the date of initial accreditation during the Council meeting at which the accreditation decision is made. Entry into the process and acceptance of an application are not a guarantee of initial accreditation.

In 2003 and 2013, the University of Minnesota Duluth was approved by the SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC), which reviewed and evaluated community health education programs through 2014.

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.