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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Public Health Professions: Public Health, A.S.

Award: Associate of Science degree, A.S. (code AS.PBH.PUBLIC-HEA)

Total Credit Hours: 60 credit hours.

Purpose: For students interested in pursuing public health or health care management and transferring to a four-year institution or gaining personal enrichment.

Range of Occupations

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

A grade of C or better in all Public Health Professions Core Requirements is required to progress in the program. Please note the Public Health option requires completion of a service learning assignment/general community service project (PBH 203 ). Students in the Public Health option may also be required to complete a criminal background check.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

  Click Here to View, Save, or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses for this degre    


General Education Requirements: 33-36 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 8 credits

Computer Technology: 4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 25-27 credits

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

Computer technology general education requirement satisfies the computing and information technology competency requirement .

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111  requirement.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental tenets of epidemiology as applied to public health.
  • Discuss Healthy People 20/20 in relation to public health planning.
  • Delineate the specific professions and contributions to the public health model.
  • Analyze health statistics related to targeting unhealthy behaviors and planning strategies for improvement.
  • Analyze behaviorist theory in relation to the development of health betterment planning.
  • Develop basic strategies for health improvement.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to