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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

South University 2018 Graduation

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program at South University Richmond is designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills required of a public health professional and advocate for population health. The curriculum provides a broad general education, strong foundation in the human health and disease sciences, and core areas of public health. The curriculum aligns with the competencies expected of a public health practitioner by providing courses in health communication, health disparities, legal and ethical issues, management of public health systems, and policy and research. Students develop the ability to apply core concepts to assess the health needs of diverse populations at the local, national and international levels, plan and evaluate programs, and communicate and advocate health promotion.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to contribute to delivery of the essential services of public health in health agencies at the government or community-based level and in the private sector, continue to learn throughout their professional careers, and to pursue graduate study in public health and the health sciences.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Public Health: 182 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 68 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences
BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, 2 Credit Hours
BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)

BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, 2 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose two)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECO2071 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Major Foundation Requirements: 16 Credits
AHS1001 Medical Terminology, 4 Credit Hours
CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
NTR2050 Nutrition, 4 Credit Hours
PSY2022 Human Growth and Development, 4 Credit Hours
Area III Major Requirements: 98 Credits
Core
BIO1020 Biology I, 4 Credit Hours
BIO2015 Human Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours
BIO2070 Microbiology, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO2071 Microbiology Lab or BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory; BIO2073 is required for BSN students; RN to BSN students can take either)

BIO2071 Microbiology Lab, 2 Credit Hours

(online)

BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory, 2 Credit Hours

(campuses)

BIO3344 Principles of Genetics, 4 Credit Hours
HCM2005 Healthcare Delivery and Organization, 4 Credit Hours
HSC2010 Medical Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
HSC3002 Environmental Health, 4 Credit Hours
HSC4010 Epidemiology and Disease Control, 4 Credit Hours
HSC4021 Health Promotion and Wellness, 4 Credit Hours
PHE2001 Introduction to Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE3001 Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE3025 Research Methods in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE3050 Public Health Policy, 4 Credit Hours
PHE3070 Medical and Public Health Informatics, 4 Credit Hours
PHE4015 Introduction to Global Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE4030 Foundation of Health Communication, 4 Credit Hours
PHE4055 Public Health Planning and Evaluation, 4 Credit Hours
PHE4070 Management and Administration of Public Health Systems, 4 Credit Hours
PHE4120 Health Disparities and Minority Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE4200 Capstone in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
Elective Pool (16 credits):

Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements, provided the course meets the standards of the Credit for Transcripted and Non-transcripted Work policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. Work from other fields must include any required prerequisite courses in the elective field.

A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

BIO1021 Biology II, 4 Credit Hours
BUS2023 Business Communications, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3006 Healthcare Marketing and Strategy, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3008 Health Information Management Systems, 4 Credit Hours
HSC3004 Complementary and Alternative Health, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3020 Managed Care, 4 Credit Hours
HCM3030 Federal and State Healthcare Programs, 4 Credit Hours
HSC4000 Contemporary Issues in Aging, 4 Credit Hours
HSC4030 Women and Minority Health Issues, 4 Credit Hours
HSC4040 Emergency and Disaster Management, 4 Credit Hours
UVC4000 Career Exploration Seminar, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the BS in Public Health, graduates should be able to:

  1. Explain and apply the basic concepts of public health including an historical perspective to the practice of public health at the local, national and global level.
  2. Recognize the biological and chemical basis of human health and disease and utilize that knowledge as a foundation for promoting health and wellness across the lifespan.
  3. Relate the interconnectedness among physical, social, biological and environmental factors to their impact on the health of individuals and communities and reasons for health disparities.
  4. Evaluate the collection methods, source and quality of health information and data as it relates to individual and community health and the evidence based practice of public health at the local, national and global levels.
  5. Compare and contrast various governmental and non-governmental healthcare agencies, organizations and systems in the United States and around the world and their role in individual and public health.
  6. Describe how legislation, ethics and economics impact public health policy and the effects on both individual and population health.
  7. Discuss the role of public health professionals in the health of populations by identifying the needs of a community and the development and evaluation of health education programs.
  8. Identify and assess methods and communication strategies including social media and electronic technology for health education and promotion campaigns and develop plans for communicating public health specific information to a diverse population.
  9. Apply the skills required to assess public health needs of a community or population at the local and global levels and plan, implement, and evaluate programs to meet those needs.
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We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our graduates have to say.

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Erika Wiggins Grad Alumni
Class of '11
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

“I'm recognizing more about what I'm really capable of at South University. When you have education, you have a foundation, and you have something that will propel you to growth and strength in the world.”

Jennifer DAngelo 2018
Jennifer DAngelo Grad Alumni
'05
Bachelor of Health Sciences

“I needed a program that would support my professional and academic goals in addition to understanding my family obligations. South University did that and so much more. South University and their compassionate staff and educators never stopped encouraging me to follow my dreams. From helping me with class schedule adjustments to providing financial aid services, they always assisted me in my time of need.”

Endora Todd 2004
Endora Todd Grad Alumni
Class of '04
Bachelor of Business Administration

“The organization serves a unique population of students who see value in small class sizes, individual attention and support before, during and after graduation”

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Zulma Alfonso Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“My classes at South University have truly moved me forward. My public speaking class shattered my insecurities and gave me so much more self-confidence about telling the world who I am and what I have to offer! I quickly let go of many self-doubts and found I had a new fearlessness to be myself no matter where -- or in what circumstances -- I found myself.”

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

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