Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Public Health (GPU)

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0106

Innovative Education

http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/index.htm

Major Description

USF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS program will provide mid-career adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.

BGS students will take an active role in creating their academic programs. Rather than choosing a traditional major, BGS students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. BGS students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements.

Concentration Description

Upon completion of the Public Health concentration coursework, a student will be able to articulate the role of public health in disease prevention and health promotion at the local, state, national and global level, describe public health concepts and issues, discuss and analyze current public health issues, describe career paths in public health, and develop an understanding of public health that can serve as a foundation for graduate coursework in the field.

Total Major Hours: 24 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

College EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 9 Hours

Concentration Requirements:

Concentration Elective Courses - 12 Hours

  • HSC 3541 Human Structure and Function
  • HSC 4172 Women’s Health: A Public HealthPerspective
  • HSC 4211 Health, Behavior and Society
  • HSC 4430 Occupational Health and Safety
  • HSC 4504 Foundations of Public Health Immunology
  • HSC 4537 Medical Terminology
  • HSC 4579 Foundation of Maternal and Child Health
  • HSC 4573 Foundations of Food Safety
  • HSC 4624 Foundations of Global Health
  • HSC 4630 Understanding U.S. Health Care
  • HSC 4631 Critical Issues in Public Health
  • HSC 4933 Special Topics in Public Health
  • HUN 3272 Sports Nutrition
  • HUN 3296 Nutrition and Disease
  • PHC 4031 Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • PHC 4069 Biostatistics in Society
  • PHC 4241 Mental Health and Disasters
  • PHC 4406 Pop Culture, Vices, and Epidemiology
  • PHC 4542 Stress, Health and College Life
  • PHC 4720 Foundation to Professional Writing in Public Health
  • PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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