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Degree Overview

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Dr. Claire Stigler, Program Director for Public Health.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program at South University Tampa 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

Master of Public Health Degree Program: 56 Credits
Core Courses: 20 Credits
PHE5001 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5005 Introduction to Health Services and Research, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5010 Environmental and Occupational Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5015 Principles of Epidemiology, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5020 Biostatistical Methods, 4 Credit Hours
Principal Courses: 32 Credits
PHE6201 Public Health Policy Research, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6202 Program Planning and Evaluation, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6203 Public Health Informatics, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6210 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6220 Evidence-based Public Health Practice, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6250 Case Studies in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6402 Public Health Law and Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6404 Grant and Contract Proposal Writing in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
Practicum Experience: 4 Credits
PHE6980 Practicum in Public Health, 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

Offered at South University, Online Programs; South University, Savannah; and South University, Virginia Beach.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at South University is a 56-credit program designed to educate students and working professionals about areas of critical importance to local, national, and international public health challenges. The MPH program is organized around a curriculum which consists of core competencies, principal courses, and a practicum experience. The core courses cover the five main areas of public health competencies.  The principal courses are designed to cover a broad range of topics to help develop each student's knowledge, skills, and abilities in public health practice and to further develop the skillsets of working professionals in the public health field.  Lastly the students take part in a practicum experience that synthesizes information learned throughout the program and as such should be taken as the last course in the program.  

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Utilize core public health concepts in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health.
  2. Assess the public health conditions, including assets and deficiencies, of populations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and services designed to address public health conditions.
  4. Employ an "ecological approach" to public health, with emphasis on the linkages and relationships among the multiple determinants of health to assure conditions that protect and promote the health of populations.
  5. Analyze health disparities to design appropriate and culturally competent prevention and intervention strategies.
  6. Apply theoretical knowledge in field-based settings that incorporates the eight competency domains for public health professionals:
  7. Demonstrate skills in public health research and communication.
  8. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of public health policy, practice, and research.
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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.

SU Class of '20 ASAHS, BSPH and MPH Alumni Dedra Simmons
Dedra Simmons  Grad Alumni
Class of '20
Associate of Science in Allied Health Science, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Master of Public Health

“Being at South University has helped me establish professional connections and achieve my goals as a public health professional. I love public health because it allows me to help strengthen health facilities and organizations by promoting and protecting health equity for all.

SU Master of Public Health Class of '20 Alumni Justin Jones
Justin Jones Grad Alumni
Class of '20
Master of Public Health

“If you are looking for a program that allows you to balance a professional and family life while preparing you to be a leader in the Public Health field, then this is the program for you!

SU Class of '21 Master of Public Health Alumni Takishia Harper
Takishia Harper Grad Alumni
Class of '21
Master of Public Health

“My experience was personalized and detailed to accommodate my lifestyle and needs. I am proud that I chose an educational facility that cared about me growing as a person and not only finishing my education but excelling.

South University Public Health Alumni, David Robertson
David Robertson Grad Alumni
Class of '18
Bachelor of Science in Public Health

“Having a college degree has opened doors for me to not only have a stable job but to also obtain a career that I enjoy. I am proud to be able to work for communities in need and address health disparities.
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