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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Public Health Professions - Public Health (A.S.)

Official Title of Major: Public Health Professions - Public Health, A.S.

Award: Associate of Science degree, A.S.


Total Credit Hours: 60

Learn more about the Public Health Professions Degree program

Purpose: Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. Public health professionals work to promote healthy lifestyles, research disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious disease. The Public Health Professions Program is for students who wish to pursue career options in health education, health promotion, community health, patient navigation, epidemiology or other related health profession pathways. Students may transfer to a four-year institution to continue their studies in community health or gain personal enrichment.

Additional Program Requirements

A grade of C or better in all Public Health Professions courses is required to progress in the program. Please note this program requires completion of a service learning project (PBH 203 ).

Range of Occupations

  • Health educator
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Community health worker
  • Community health program coordinator
  • Workplace health and wellness
  • Patient navigator in hospital or clinic setting

Graduation Requirements

Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements  for college-wide graduation requirements.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

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General Education Requirements: 35 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 8 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits

Diversity Requirement

Students may satisfy the diversity requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences or through PBH elective HEA 113 .

Technology Requirement

Satisfied by CTA 100 .

Wellness Requirement

Satisfied by HEA 111 .

Fast Track

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes

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

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

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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