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B.S. in Public Health

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health provide a foundation for students wishing to work in a Public Health profession after graduation. This degree has three different concentration areas:

A minor in Public Health is also available.

Jump Right In

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018), the employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow by 16% from 2016 to 2026, 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.

The approach of public health is broad in terms of disease prevention. The public health professionals are trained to look beyond someone’s immediate and most obvious risk factors, and consider other factors such as social, economic, and environment, in disease causality. With this holistic approach of prevention, public health saves many lives.

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.

You can have a lasting impact on the overall health of the community you choose to work with.

Accreditations

Related Programs

Not what you were looking for? Tarleton State University offers over 100 different degrees and certifications that may be of interest to you, including:

Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

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

  • Nutritionists
  • Health Educators
  • Scientists and researchers
  • Epidemiologists
  • Occupational health and safety professionals
  • Public policy makers
  • Sanitarians
Students promoting public health.

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
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Job fairs
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And much more!

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 1310 Introduction to Public Health
PBHL 2310 Introduction to Epidemiology
PBHL 3310 Principles of Health Promotion and Education)
PBHL 3320 Statistics for Healthcare
PBHL 4320 Public Health Law
COMM 4305 Issues and Trends in PH-cross-listed with a prefix HPTC
SOCI 2320 Medical Ethics
PSYC 4310 Introduction to Health Management and Policy
COMM 4350 Pathophysiology for the Health Professions cross-listed with a prefix HPTC

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Minor Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
PBHL 3310 Principles of Health Promotion and Education
PBHL 1310 Introduction to Public Health
PBHL 2320 Medical Ethics
PBHL 2310 Introduction to Epidemiology
PBHL   Issues and Trends in Healthcare

Along with one of the following courses:

  • HPTC 3320 (Biotechnology Bioethics)
  • PBHL 4350 (Pathophysiology for Health Professions)
  • PBHL 3320 (Statistics for Healthcare)
  • PBHL 4310 (Health Management and Policy)
  • PBHL 4320 (Public Health Law)

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

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Community Health Education

This concentration prepares students to provide health education, promote healthy lifestyles and healthy choices, and enhance quality of life in communities. Upon degree completion, students can plan, implement, and evaluate community-based interventions from local to international levels.

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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 degree completion, students can identify and provide information regarding infectious diseases, support and improve testing programs, report appropriate infectious disease data to the health authorities, and manage laboratory data for active disease surveillance. Upon successful completion of coursework, students will be eligible to sit 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