Hiram College

Public Health Major

For the major, students must complete:

A.  4 courses from the Mandatory Public Health Core

B.  1 course (of their choice) from the Public Health Seminar course series

C.  1 course (of their choice) from the Applications of Public Health Core

D.  2 courses (of their choice) from the Supplemental Public Health Core

E.  3 courses (of their choice) from a public health concentration (of their choice)

  • Public Health Biology
  • Environmental Health and Sustainability
  • Health Communication
  • Health Care in Public Context
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health and Fitness
  • Student-Driven Concentration

F.  100 hours in a Public Health internship (2 credit course)

G.  A Public Health Capstone (1 credit course)


A.  Mandatory Public Health Core (complete all 4: 16 credits)

  • PUBH 2xxxx Biological Basis of Health and Disease (offered every other Spring 12-week)
    • With instructor approval, other Biology classes can count for this requirement.
  • PUBH 2xxxx Introduction to Public Health (offered every Fall 12-week)
    • UD Core Designation
  • PUBH 2xxxx Epidemiology and Health Research (offered every other Spring 12-week)
    • SM Core Designation
  • PUBH 2xxxx Epidemiology and Biostatistics (offered every Spring 12-week)
    • MM Core Designation

B.  Public Health Seminar (choose 1: 3 credits)

These will be seminar courses (PUBH 28000) that will investigate a current issues that is affecting public health in rural settings, urban setting, or globally. They will be offered under different titles every Fall 3-week (e.g., Urban Health Issues: Lead poisoning; Rural Health Issues: Heroin and Opioids). Students are permitted to take multiple seminars, but only one is necessary and sufficient for satisfying the Public Health Seminar requirement for the major.

C.  Applications of Public Health Core (choose 1: 4 credits)

These are offered in rotation during the Spring 3-week and Fall 12-week.

  • PUBH 3xxxx Environmental Health and Policy
  • PUBH 3xxxx Health Systems Policy and Management
  • PUBH 3xxxx Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health

D.  Supplemental Pubic Health Core (choose 2: 8 credits)

These are courses offered in other departments that teach fundamental concepts of public health, and regardless of a Student’s concentration, are essential to the Public Health degree. Relevant 28000/38000 courses may be added to this Core, upon the department chair’s approval.

  • SOAN 35100 (Stratification and Health)
  • SOAN 35900 (Medical Sociology)
  • EVST 33800 (Environmental Activism and Policy)
  • BIMD 37500 (Issues in Women’s Health)
  • INTD 30020 (Global Health and Human Rights)

E.  Concentration (choose 3 classes from a concentration: 9-12 credits)

The concentration provides the student a chance to focus on specializing knowledge which complements the core courses. In recognition of the inter-disciplinary nature of public health, students are encouraged to apply public health concepts to other academic fields. Students choose their concentration by taking a minimum of 3 courses (9-12 credits) from one of the concentrations. Students also have the option of creating their own concentration (contingent upon approval from the department chair). Students cannot count one class for both the Supplemental Public Health Core (D), and the Concentration (C).

Concentration 1: Public Health Biology

This concentration is for students interested in pursuing a career in science, by allowing them the opportunity to apply public health principles in researching issues in infectious diseases and the cellular, molecular, and genetic basis of health and disease. Students can simultaneously use this concentration to work toward a minor in Biology.

Student must take 3 courses within the Biology (BIOL) Department.

Relevant courses may include the following: (other courses may be chosen with the PUBH program chair’s approval)

  • BIOL 13100/13300 (Human Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab) * counts as one
  • BIOL 23000 (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
  • BIOL/EVST 27800 (Ecology)
  • BIOL 36500 (Genetics)
  • BIOL 32100 (Parasitology)
  • BIOL 33800 (Microbiology)

Concentration 2: Environmental Health and Sustainability

This concentration is for students interested in exploring the relationship between socio-environmental issues and human health. Using relevant knowledge from multiple disciplines, students can pursue a career as environmental scientists (field analysis, research assistants, or socio-environmental researchers). Students can simultaneously use this concentration to work toward a minor in Environmental Studies.

Students must take 3 courses within the Environmental Studies (EVST) Department.

Relevant courses may include the following: (other courses may be chosen with the PUBH program chair’s approval)

  • INTD 22500 Humans and the Environment – Required for Environmental Studies
  • EVST/SOAN 21500 Human Settlements
  • EVST 27800/24100 Ecology
  • EVST 31000 Introduction to GIS w/lab
  • EVST 32000 GIS Applications
  • EVST 33800 Environmental Activism and Policy
  • HIST 24000 Environmental History
  • PHIL 27000 Environmental Ethics

Concentration 3: Health Communication

This concentration encourages students to improve public health by harnessing the power of communication to create and perfect improved outreach and services that change behavior and prevent disease. Students can simultaneously use this concentration to work toward a minor in Communication.

Students must take 3 courses from the Communications (COMM) Department.

Relevant courses may include the following: (other courses may be chosen with the PUBH program chair’s approval)

  • COMM 10100 (Foundations of Public Communication) – Required for a Communication major/minor
  • COMM 22000 (Interpersonal Communication)
  • COMM 22100 (Group Interaction Processes)
  • COMM 22200 (Organizational Communication)
  • COMM 24500 (Public Relations)
  • COMM 25000 (Communication between Cultures)
  • COMM 26000 (Desktop Publishing)
  • COMM 26200 (Web Design)
  • COMM 32600 (Persuasion and Attitude Change)
  • COMM 33400 (The Rhetoric of Social Movements)
  • COMM 35300 (Intercultural Health Care Communication)

Concentration 4: Health Care in Public Context

This concentration gives public health students the opportunity to apply their public health knowledge onto the contemporary issues surrounding a range of health care professional careers. Students can simultaneously use this concentration to work toward a minor in Biomedical Humanities.

Students must take 3 medical humanities seminar courses from the Biomedical Humanities (BIMD) Department.

Relevant courses may include the following: (other courses may be chosen with the PUBH program chair’s approval)

  • BIMD 35600 (How We Die)
  • BIMD 37500 (Issues in Women’s Health)
  • INTD 2022 (The Science and Culture of Sleep)
  • INTD 21500 (Pushing Up Daisies: Western Perspectives on Death and Dying)
  • INTD 29900 (What is Human?)
  • INTD 30020 (Global Health and Human Rights)
  • INTD 30120 (Aging, Sex, and the Body)
  • INTD 30200 (Narrative Bioethics)
  • INTD 32600 (Exploring Ability and Disability Through Performance: Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • INTD 36100 (What’s Normal? I: Physical Abnormalities)
  • INTD 38200 (What’s Normal? II: Mental and Emotional Disorders)
  • INTD 38900 (Alternative Health Care Systems)
  • PSYC 25500 (Abnormal Psychology)
  • PSYC 36700 (Drug Use and Abuse)

Concentration 5: Social Determinants of Health

This concentration gives public health students the opportunity to investigate the condition in the places where people live, learn, work, and play, and how they affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. Students can simultaneously use this concentration to work toward a minor in Biomedical Humanities or Sociology.

Students must take 3 courses from the Sociology (SOAN) Department

Relevant courses may include the following: (other courses may be chosen with the PUBH program chair’s approval)

  • SOAN 15500 (Introduction to Sociology) – Required for a Sociology major/minor
  • SOAN 22600 (Ethnicity in America)
  • SOAN 24010/23900 (Sex and Gender in Society)
  • SOAN 25100 (Social Demography)
  • SOAN 25500 (Sociology and Human Development)
  • SOAN 26700(Sociology of Black Families)
  • SOAN 35100 (Stratification and Health)
  • SOAN 35400 (Sociology of Age, Aging, and Life Course)
  • SOAN 35600(Sociology of mental health)
  • SOAN 35900 (Medical Sociology)

Concentration 6: Health and Fitness

This concentration gives public health students the opportunity to prepare for a range of health care professional careers. They will have both the depth of medical knowledge about the human body, but will also be able to apply their public health knowledge to utilize a range of leadership and policy skills to meet the needs for population programming. Students can simultaneously use this concentration to work toward a minor in Integrative Exercise Science and Athletics.

Students must take 3 courses from the Integrative Exercise Science (IES) Department.

Relevant courses may include the following: (other courses may be chosen with the PUBH program chair’s approval)

  • BIOL 13100/13300 (Human Anatomy and Physiology) * This is a pre-requisite for several IES classes
  • IES 10100 (Foundations of Exercise Science)
  • IES 31100 (Nutrition and Fitness)
  • IES 31200 (Physiology of Muscular Activity and Exercise)
  • IES 32000 (Kinesiology and Applied Biomechanics)
  • IES 34600 (Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning)
  • IES 39700 (Fitness Administration and Organization)
  • IES 40000 (Exercise Testing and Prescription)
  • IES 40100 (Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations)

Concentration 7: Student-Driven Concentration

This concentration offers a tailored pursuit for students. Upon approval from Chris Mundorf, students can choose their own three courses that best apply public health principles to the career or topic of their choose.

F.  Public Health Practicum (2 credit)

Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge out of the classroom. For the major, they must complete a 100-hour internship at a public health agency, organization, or non-profit. This will be offered as a 2-credit hour course

G.  Capstone (1 credit)

The capstone is a student-driven practical experience. Using projects and ideas developed in the public health core, students can fulfill this in one of two ways:

  • Carry out, analyze, and present an epidemiological study of their choosing
  • Carry out a public health project in the community