The public health studies pathway introduces you as an undergraduate to this science that is concerned with the health of the entire population. Public health professionals work together to protect and improve the health of families and communities through prevention. They promote healthy lifestyles, research disease and injury prevention and aid in detection and control of infectious diseases.
Public health is always changing and includes many academic disciplines. However, it consists mostly of the following core areas:
- Behavioral Science/Health Education
- Emergency Medical Services
- Environmental Health
- Health Services Administration/Management
- International/Global Health
- Maternal and Child Health
- Public Health Laboratory Practice
- Public Health Policy
- Public Health Practice
This pathway includes three courses to help you explore this field, however any student can take these courses.
- HSC 315: Introduction to Public Health: This course will cover the key elements of public health using an evidence-based population health approach. Student will explore through case studies the history, mission, essential services, core function, infrastructure, and care options. This course will use the United States public health system as its focus, but students will be exposed to global issues, views, and case studies from an international perspective.
- HSC 320: Introduction to Epidemiology: This course will cover the key elements of epidemiology, integrating quantitative thinking, inquiry and analysis, and teamwork. Students will explore the terminology, experimental designs, and application of epidemiology to public health problems. Key sources of epidemiological data will be examined, as will the principles, promise, and problems of public health programs. Students will learn to calculate and interpret basic epidemiological measures and reports.
- HSC 325: Global Health: The course will provide an introduction to global health issues to include the burden and distribution of disease and mortality in various places in the developed and developing world. Determinants of global health disparities will be addressed with an examination of how economic, political, cultural, and behavioral factors relate to and affect disease spread and management. The formation of global health policies and the outcomes of evidenced-based global health interventions will be explored. Lastly, this course will address emerging innovations to bring resources to health problems in developing countries.