Hiram College

Public Health Major Requirements

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

  • PUBH 28000 Determinants of Health, Disease, and Disability
    • With program chair approval, other Biology classes can count for this requirement.
  • PUBH 10100 Introduction to Public Health (UD Core Designation)
    • With program chair approval, Community Health Nursing can count for this requirement
  • PUBH 20200 Epidemiology and Health Research (SM Core Designation)
    • With program chair approval, other SM Core courses can count for this requirement
  • PUBH 20100 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    • With program chair approval, other MM core courses can count for this requirement

B. Supplemental Public Health Core (choose 4: 12-16 credits)

This core requires students to strengthen their public health training through courses taught across multiple departments. Relevant new courses may be added to this Core, upon the program chair’s approval. Students may not double count any classes for multiple Public Health requirements.

  • BIOL 23000 Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BIMD 35600 How We Die
  • BIMD 37500 Issues in Women’s Health
  • COMM 35300 Intercultural Health Care Communication
  • EVST 33800 Environmental Activism and Policy
  • IES 31100 Nutrition and Fitness
  • IES 31200 Physiology of Muscular Activity and Exercise
  • INTD 22500 Humans and the Environment
  • INTD 28000 Sex Panic: Sexual Health & Outbreaks Through History
  • INTD 30020 Global Health and Human Rights
  • INTD 30120 Aging, Sex, and the Body
  • INTD 30200 Narrative Bioethics
  • NURS 41000 Community Health Nursing
  • PSYC 25500 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 36700 Drug Use and Abuse
  • PUBH 38000 Environmental Health and Policy
  • PUBH 28000 Special Topics in Public Health: The Lead Crisis
  • PUBH 28000 Special Topics in Public Health: The Heroin Epidemic
  • SOAN 35100 Stratification and Health
  • SOAN 35400 Sociology of Age, Aging, and Life Course
  • SOAN 35600 Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOAN 35900 Medical Sociology

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

In recognition of the inter-disciplinary nature of public health, this program requires students to combine their core public health knowledge with a specialization in a related field. The public health concentration provides the student to develop specialized knowledge to better prepare themselves for their intended career. Students choose their concentration by taking a minimum of 3 courses (9-12 credits) from one of the concentrations. Students may not double count any classes for multiple Public Health requirements. Please meet with the program chair to confirm course selection.

Concentration 1: Public Health Biology and Toxicology

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 must take relevant 3 courses within the Biology (BIOL) or Chemistry (CHEM) Departments.

An example set of classes that a student could take to fulfill this concentration:

  • BIOL 23000 (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
  • 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 must take relevant 3 courses within the Environmental Studies (EVST) Department.

An example set of classes that a student could take to fulfill this concentration:

  • EVST/SOAN 21500 (Human Settlements)
  • EVST 32000 (GIS Applications)
  • EVST 33800 (Environmental Activism and Policy)

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

An example set of classes that a student could take to fulfill this concentration:

  • COMM 22000 (Interpersonal Communication)
  • COMM 25000 (Communication between Cultures)
  • COMM 35300 (Intercultural Health Care Communication)

Concentration 4: Public Health Humanities

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

An example set of classes that a student could take to fulfill this concentration:

  • BIMD 35600 (How We Die)
  • BIMD 37500 (Issues in Women’s Health)
  • INTD 30120 (Aging, Sex, and the Body)

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 must take relevant 3 courses from the Sociology (SOAN) Department.

An example set of classes that a student could take to fulfill this concentration:

  • SOAN 24010/23900 (Sex and Gender in Society)
  • SOAN 25100 (Social Demography)
  • SOAN 35600(Sociology of Mental Health)

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

An example set of classes that a student could take to fulfill this concentration:

  • IES 31100 (Nutrition and Fitness)
  • IES 31200 (Physiology of Muscular Activity and Exercise)
  • 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 the program chair, students can choose their own three courses that best apply public health principles to the career or topic of their choice.

D. Public Health Practicum (1 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 1-credit hour course

E. 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