Department of Health Sciences
Health Sciences - Public Health, Bachelor of Science
The focus of this degree is to broadly prepare graduates in basic Public Health content and processes that can be applied within multiple health related disciplines and in graduate study. This degree plan focuses on community health promotion within the broad umbrella of public health. This academic plan is offered at NAU-Flagstaff and via the Internet. Acceptance into the Internet program requires a separate initial admission process; see the Distance Learning in Health Sciences website for further information.
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What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Public Health?
Are you looking for a career that protects and improves the health of individuals, families, and communities? Are you interested in understanding the impact of social and behavioral determinants of health, such as income, environment, and access to health care? If so, our program might be perfect for you. You will be prepared in basic public health concepts and processes that can be applied within multiple health-related disciplines and in graduate study. Our program can provide a convenient, flexible way for students and working professionals to complete their bachelor degree, giving you an avenue to success. We will prepare you for employment in hospitals, schools, government health agencies, private industry, and nongovernmental organizations.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Health Educator
- Prevention program coordinator
- Emergency response planner
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Community college instructor
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To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 71 units of major requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||STA 270|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
The mission of the Public Health Program is to prepare students to promote and protect the health of the public using appropriate processes, concepts, and principles.
Public health protects and improves the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally, regionally, and globally. Public health professionals focus on preventing disease and injury by promoting healthy lifestyles. They confront global health issues, such as improving equitable access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. Our graduates are prepared to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs; act as a resource person; administer services; and communicate and advocate for health equity. They pursue graduate degrees in health-related fields and obtain employment in a variety of settings, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, hospitals, schools, and research institutions.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of their degree in Health Sciences - Public Health, students will be able to:
Program Outcome 1: Overview of Public Health:
- Apply knowledge of the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society to advocate for public health.
- Apply the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection; and analyze and use these data through evidence-based approaches in public health practice.
- Utilize an understanding of the concepts of population health; and apply the basic processes, approaches, and interventions to identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
- Apply critical thinking to the underlying science of human health and disease to support opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
- Apply knowledge of the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health to reduce and eliminate health disparities.
- Apply critical thinking and knowledge of the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation to inform project planning, assessment, and evaluation.
- Apply knowledge of the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system, as well as the differences in health systems in other countries, to promote health within and across these structures.
- Apply a critical understanding of the basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, and the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government to advocate for and promote the public’s health.
- Utilize the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology for effective public health promotion and agency functioning.
- Demonstrate the professional conduct required to achieve and maintain employment and collaboration with communities, including respectful communication, collaboration, initiative, respect for diversity, and cultural sensitivity and competency.
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Take the following 71 - 72 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.5:
Health Sciences core (19 units)
- NTS 135 (3 units)
- BIO 181, BIO 201, BIO 201L (7 units)
- HS 200 (3 units)
- FW 343 (3 units)
- HS 390W (3 units)
Public Health (52-53 units)
- BIO 202, BIO 202L (4 units)
- PSY 230 or STA 270 (3-4 units)
- HS 205, HS 250, HS 300, HS 305, HS 306, HS 313, HS 317, HS 404, HS 410, HS 417 (30 units)
- HS 403C which satisfies NAU's senior capstone requirement. (3 units)
- Additional HS-related coursework - Working with Specific Populations and Settings
*Denotes approved Liberal Studies and/or Diversity courses.
Internship Option and/or Additional electives (9 units)
- HS 408 is optional. If you choose to complete an internship (6 units), you must complete an additional 3 unit, upper division, HS-related elective.
- If you choose not to complete an internship, you must complete 9 units of additional HS-related electives with at least 6 units upper-division.
- If you choose to complete a minor, the Internship Option and/or Additional electives requirement will be satisfied.
- HS 408 (0 or 6 units)
- Additional HS-related electives (3 or 9 units)
- Select additional from:
- AIS 450, AIS 470
- ACM 355*
- ANT 205*, ANT 215*, ANT 271*, ANT 280*, ANT 301*, ANT 306*, ANT 370*, ANT 377*, ANT 406*, ANT 465, ANT 480
- AT 200
- BIO 154*, BIO 205*, BIO 320, BIO 338, BIO 338L,
- CTE 392
- CST 311, CST 312, CST 314, CST 315, CST 323*, CST 475, CST 477
- CCJ 312, CCJ 325*, CCJ 410, CCJ 425
- GSP 206, GSP 239*, GSP 371, GSP 402, GSP 470
- HUM 371*, HUM 373*
- ENV 181*, ENV 182, ENV 495
- JUS 215, JUS 338, JUS 414
- MGT 303
- NTS 415
- PHI 332*, PHI 347, PHI 359*
- PRM 216, PRM 326, PRM 423
- PSY 240*, PSY 340, PSY 460C*
- PADM 301
- PR 372W*
- SW 220*, SW 401, SW 418
- SOC 301*, SOC 316*, SOC 318*, SOC 320, SOC 333*, SOC 360*, SOC 417, SOC 441
- STA 275*, STA 371
- WGS 215*, WGS 250*, WGS 260*, WGS 301*, WGS 325*, WGS 333*, WGS 340, WGS 370
* Denotes approved Liberals Studies and/or Diversity courses.
You may not pursue the Community Health Minor in conjunction with this degree.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Public HealthWith your degree in public health, you’ll be prepared to apply your broad knowledge of concepts and processes to multiple health-related disciplines or graduate studies programs. We’ve created an online public health degree that is flexible enough to fit around your schedule so you can manage your daily life and get your degree.
This program is a good fit for you if you want to:
- earn your bachelor’s degree while continuing to work
- learn more about health promotion/disease prevention
- qualify for career advancement opportunities
Admission requirementsYou must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- 3.0 cumulative GPA, or
- 3.0 GPA in last 30 college credits taken, or
- 2.5 cumulative college GPA and 3 years work experience in a public health profession.
OutcomesBe prepared for the workforce with these skills:
- comprehension of basic public health content related to injury prevention, disease, mental health, drugs, environmental health, public health, nutrition, current issues, theories, physical activity, and maternal, child and sexual health
- process and skill demonstration necessary for working within multiple health-related disciplines
- professional dispositions like legal and ethical conduct, professional practice, communication, collaboration, respect, and commitment