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Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree starting this fall.

The Bachelor of Science in Public health degree provides a foundation for students wishing to obtain employment in a public health profession or continue their education with graduate studies in public health. This degree has three different tracks/concentration areas, which require 42 General Education credit hours, as well as the following 47 credits in the Public Health Field of Study:

  • PBHL 1310 Health and Society: An Introduction to Public Health, 3 Credit Hours
  • PBHL 2310 Introduction to Epidemiology, 3 credit hours
  • PBHL 2320 Medical Ethics, 3 credit hours
  • PBHL 3310 Principles of Health Promotion and Education, 3 credit hours
  • PBHL 3320 Statistics for Healthcare, 3 credit hours
  • PBHL 4305 Issues and Trends in Health Care, 3 credit hours
  • PBHL 4310 Introduction to Health Management and Policy, 3 credit hours
  • PBHL 4320 Public Health Law, 3 credit hours
  • PBHL 4350 Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, 3 credit hours
  • PBHL 4480 Seminar and Internship in Public Health, 4 credit hours

The remaining 31 credits are taken based on the track that the student chooses, which are detailed below:

Track 1: Community Health Education

Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Community Health Education Concentration
Professor presenting a map on an overhead projector and discussing disease trends in the U.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health concentration in Community Health Education will prepare students to provide health education, promote healthy lifestyles and healthy choices, prevent diseases and enhance quality of life in communities. he Community Health Education curriculum focuses on interdisciplinary efforts to address the physical, social, behavioral, mental, and environmental health concerns of communities and population at risk for disease and injury. Graduates will plan and evaluate health services in communities, coordinate the community efforts of government agencies, care systems and private organizations and serve as advocates of improved community wellness.

Class for the Health Education Track include:
Business Computer Information Systems 3315, 3 credit hours
Education 3320, 3 credit hours
Communication 2320, 3 credit hours
Psychology 3303, 3 credit hours
Sociology 3304 and 4314, 6 credit hours
Health Professions Technology 3350, 4204 and 4349, 8 credit hours
Marketing 3314 and 3318, 6 credit hours
Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Science 1322, 3325 and 4370, 9 credit hours
Kinesiology 1301 and 4303, 6 credit hours

Track 2: Public Health Laboratory Professional

Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Public Health Laboratory Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiology

Two students looking at lab equipment and data.The laboratory track prepares students to work in a public health laboratory at the local, state or national level. Public health microbiology laboratories help to identify agents of infectious disease in the community. Upon successful completion of the course work, students will be eligible for the national ASCP board exam and qualified to work in both public health and hospital microbiology laboratories.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Head

Classes for the Public Health Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiology Track include:
Chemistry 1411, 1412, 2423 and 4374, 15 credit hours
Math 1342, 3 credit hours
Biology 3407, 4 credit hours
Marketing 3314, 3 credit hours
Health Professions Technology 4204, 2 credit hours
Medical Laboratory Sciences 4135, 4137, 4138, 4151, 4152, 4204, 4234, 4236, 4306, 14 credit hours
Medical Laboratory Sciences 4204, 4595, 6 credit hours

Track 3: Public Health Professional

Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Public Health Professional with plans for Public Health Graduate Training

Professor and Student standing side-by-side in a lab with white coatesGraduates of the Pre-Graduate Public Health program will be prepared to either enter employment as a Health Education specialist or other public health career or pursue a graduate education in public health.

Classes For the Pre-Graduate Health Track include:
Biology 3407, 4 credit hours
Chemistry 1411 and 1412, 8 credit hours
Math 1342, 3 credit hours
Psychology 2301 and 3435, 7 credit hours
Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Science 1322, 3325 or 3359, 3 credit hours
Marketing 3314 and 3138, 6 credit hours
Kinesiology 1301 or 4330, 3 credit hours
Medical Laboratory Sciences 4204 and 4360, 5 credit hours
Sociology 3304 or 4314, 3 credit hours
Psychology 3303, 3350, or 4305, 3 credit hours
Communication elective, 3 credit hours

Locations

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program is offered on the Stephenville Campus with portions of Track 2 on the Southwest Metroplex campus.

Job Market

Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.

Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because increases in the aging population, increases in demand for substance abuse treatment, and overall population growth.

Program Contact

If you have questions please contact:
Dr. Sally Hoger
MTC/Fort Worth 117
hoger@tarleton.edu
Phone: 817-926-1101 From Campus: 7227