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B.S. in Public Health


The Bachelor of Science in Public Health provides a foundation for students wishing to work in a Public Health profession after graduation, or continue their education with Graduate Studies in Public Health. This degree has three different concentration areas:

  • Public Health Educator
  • Laboratory Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiology
  • Public Health Pre-Graduate

Jump Right In

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015), the employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, which is much faster than the average growth rate for similar occupations. This growth will be driven by efforts to reduce healthcare costs by teaching healthy habits and behaviors.

Designed With You in Mind

All three tracks in this degree program are offered at the Stephenville campus. The final year of classes for the Laboratory Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiology concentration will be held at the Fort Worth campus.


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Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program go on to work in a variety of work settings, including:

  • Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Consumer Safety Officers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Public Health Laboratory Scientists
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The Path for You

The changing dynamics of healthcare delivery require more professionals who focus on the health of the population rather than the treatment of individual patients. If you are interested in improving and raising awareness regarding the health of your community, the Public Health Industry may be the place for you.

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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Mock interviews
  • Job fairs
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And much more!

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Program Objectives

  • Provide a foundation for students whose goal is to work in the Public Health Industry after graduation or continue their education through Graduate Studies in Public Health.
  • Prepare students to promote health education, healthy lifestyles and choices, as well as prevent diseases and enhance quality of life in whichever community they work in.
  • Prepare students for work in a public health laboratory at the local, state or national level.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
PBHL 2320 Medical Ethics
PBHL 3320 Statistics for Health Care
PBHL 4305 Issues and Trends in Health Care
PBHL 4320 Public Health Law
PBHL 4350 Pathophysiology for the Health Professionals
SOCI 3304 Medical Sociology
SOCI 4314 Medical and Health Care Policy
HECO 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy
BIOL 3407 Microbiology
MDLS 4202 Molecular Diagnostics
HPTC 4204 Health Care Management

Facilities and Features

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Public Health Educator

This concentration focuses on interdisciplinary efforts to address the physical, social, behavioral, mental, and environmental health concerns of the communities and populations at risk for disease and injury.

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Laboratory Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiology

This concentration prepares students to work in a public health laboratory at the local, state, or national level. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will be eligible for the National ASCP Board Exam in Microbiology.

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Preparing you for Graduate School

The Public Health Professional concentration was designed for individuals with plans for public health graduate training.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Enter the workforce as a Health Education Specialist
  • Obtain a career in the Public Health Industry
  • Seek graduate education in a Public Health program