Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Program

The B.S. degree in Public Health is an exciting and diverse major concerned with prevention of disease and promotion of health in communities.  If you choose public health, you will learn how to develop and implement health programs, develop health policies, and engage in an ecological approach to disease prevention and health promotion. Aspects of environmental issues, health policy, health behavior, and social determinants of health are explored. Career opportunities are available in various settings, such as hospitals, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community organizations, corporations, and international health programs.

B.S. in Public Health degree requirements (PDF)

Graduate Programs

Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Community Health Promotion must complete 27 semester hours of graduate work and a thesis or 33 semester hours without a thesis. Students selecting the non-thesis option are required to complete three hours of CHLP 589V Independent Research. In addition to the program requirements, all degree candidates must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination. A graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher is required for graduation.

A minimum of 96 graduate hours beyond the bachelor’s degree is required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Community Health Promotion. A doctoral advisory committee will be established by the student in consultation with the student's major academic advisor during the first year of enrollment subsequent to acceptance into the degree program. The student, in conjunction with the advisory committee, will define the program of study. The degree program requires successful completion of candidacy examinations, an acceptable dissertation, and an oral defense of the dissertation.