Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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Public Health (PUB)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 51.2201
College of Public Health
USF offers the first Bachelor's in Public Health housed in its accredited College of Public Health in Florida. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health provides the student-centered courses required for entry-level public health jobs found in government agencies, health corporations, community non-profit organizations and healthcare facilities.
Undergraduate public health students are encouraged to participate in research ranging from laboratory studies to participatory community-based research with a focus on the culturally competent aspects of healthy community development including the social, economic, educational components. This research provides entry-level student employment opportunities on a variety of specific public health projects while learning basic research skills including data collection, data entry and technical report writing. Under faculty leadership, students are mentored to achieve personal goals whether they choose employment after their bachelor's degree or admission into a graduate or professional program.
The B.S. in Public Health is a generalist degree with no concentrations, tracks or specializations.Students completing the B.S. in Public Health will be able to:
- Identify and articulate the core functions of public health.
- Explain the basic principles of epidemiology.
- Assess social and behavioral interventions to improve health of populations.
- Identify the impact of the environment and communicable diseases on health.
- Explain the role that public health plays in disaster prevention and management and evaluate public policy issues with respect to access, quality and cost when understanding health disparities within vulnerable populations.
- Exhibit critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the capacities to engage in inductive and deductive thinking and quantitative reason, and to construct sound arguments.
- Identify topics pertaining to public health research.
- Generate research questions, analyze and present data, and interpret and discuss findings.
- Demonstrate awareness about current public health topics including an analysis of the societal attitudes that generate differences on current public health topics.
- Communicate using effective oral skills.
- Demonstrate an ability to contribute effectively to group discussions and presentations.
- Apply effective public speaking skills during classroom presentations.
- Develop effective written presentations.
- Demonstrate the use of information literacy skills such as locating and evaluating pertinent public health information.
- Demonstrate the ability to use library resources and scientific databases.
- Exhibit proper referencing secondary materials in APA format.
College Level Requirements
Total Major Hours: 78 Hours
Major Core Courses - 33 Hours
- PHC 4101 Introduction to Public Health
- HSC 4551 Survey of Human Disease
- PHC 4030 Introduction to Epidemiology
- PHC 4069 Biostatistics in Society
- PHC 3302 Introduction to Environmental & Occupational Health
- HSC 4211 Health, Behavior and Society
- HSC 4537 Medical Terminology
- HSC 4630 Understanding U.S. Health Care
- HSC 4624 Foundations of Global Health
- PHC 4942 Public Health Seminar (Two 3-credit hour courses)
Major Elective Courses - 45 HoursLower Level Electives (24 credit hours): (Suggested Lower Level Public Health Courses)
- HSC 2017 Careers in Public Health
- HSC 2100 Contemporary Health Science
- HSC 2130 Sex, Health and Decision Making
- HSC 2933 Selected Topics in Public Health
- HSC 3541 Human Structure and Function
- HSC 4172 Women's Health: A Public Health Perspective
- HSC 4580 Foundations of Food Safety
- HSC 4504 Foundations of Public Health Immunology
- HUN 3272 Sports Nutrition
- HUN 3296 Nutrition and Disease
- HSC 4579 Foundation of Maternal & Child Health
- PHC 4031 Emerging Infectious Diseases
- PHC 4542 Stress, Health and College Life
- PHC 4406 Pop Culture, Vices and Epidemiology
- PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics
- PHC 3320 Environmental Health Science
- PHC 3721 Research Methods in Environmental and Occupational Health
- HSC 4213 Environmental and Occupational Risk Analysis
- HSC 4430 Occupational Health and Safety
- PHC 4188 Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations
- PHC 4234 Public and Private Continuity Planning for Emergencies
- PHC 4241 Psychology of Fear and Mental Health Issues Related to Disasters
- PHC 4375 Community Participation in Homeland Security
- PHC 4376 Disaster by Design: Exercise Development for Homeland Security Professionals
- HSC 4933 Special Topics in Public Health
- Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor for possible elective course.
Additional Major Requirements
Major GPA Requirement
Maintain a major GPA of 2.0 in USF coursework.
Major Grade Requirement
None of the 20 credits may be taken in the student's major as S/U unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the Gordon Rule and General Education requirements may not be taken as S/U.
The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.
Grades of D+ or lower are not acceptable in the major.
Major Residency Requirement
Complete at least 9 semester hours at a Florida public university in the Florida State University System during summer terms if entering USF with fewer than 60 semester hours
Thirty (30) of the last 60 semester hours must be completed at USF to fulfill the residency requirement.
Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement
- Foundations of Knowledge & Learning Core Curriculum (General Education): (36 hours)
- (6) English Compositions
- (3) Fine Arts
- (3) Human and Cultural Diversity in a Global Context
- (6) Humanities
- (6) Mathematics OR (3) Mathematics AND (3) Quantitative Reasoning
- (3) Natural Science (Life Science)
- (3) Natural Science (Physical Science)
- (6) Social and Behavioral Sciences
Major Other Requirements
- Lower Level: 60 Hours
- Core Curriculum: 36 hours
- Lower Level Electives: 24 hours