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Public Health Major (PHTH)

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

Available Concentrations and AOS Codes:
Community Health Education (122 hours), U407
Health Studies (122 hours), U448

Community Health Education Concentration

Increasing national interest in health and health promotion attracts students to the undergraduate degree program in Community Health Education. The concentration provides field experiences in public and private agencies as part of the professional preparation program. Students are prepared to design and implement health promotion programs in the community. Graduates have careers in national, state, and local health agencies, health and human services organizations, and business and industry. Students who wish to declare a Community Health Education concentration can do so in the department or through UNCG’s Web site. You are encouraged to meet with the Department Undergraduate Program Director as soon as possible so that you can be assigned an advisor and receive information about required course schedules and sequences.

Student Learning Goals

As stipulated by the National Task Force on the Preparation and Practice of Health Educators, students in the B.S. in Community Health Education Program will learn to:

  • Assess individual and community needs for health education.
  • Plan effective health education programs.
  • Implement health education programs.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of health education programs.
  • Coordinate provision of health education services.
  • Act as a resource person in health education.
  • Communicate health and health education needs, concerns, and resources.

Admission to the Professional Program

  1. Completion of the following group of foundation courses with a C (2.0) or better: HEA 308, 339, 314, 315, and 325

  2. 60 s.h. with a minimum overall GPA of 2.50, which must be maintained to continue in the Professional Program for the Community Health Education concentration
  3. Transfer students with 60 s.h. may apply for admission after completing 12 s.h. at UNCG with a minimum GPA of 2.50 or higher.

  4. Students will not be permitted to take required upper division courses in the department (HEA 316, 340, 366, 405, 412, 426, 428, and 466) unless they have been formally admitted by the department (or in the case of non-majors, have the permission of the instructor) to the Professional Program in the Community Health Education concentration.

  5. Once a student is admitted to the Professional Program, he or she must continue to maintain the cumulative GPA requirement of 2.50 and a C (2.0) or better in all HEA courses—professional program and elective health education courses.

Admission to Senior Internship Course (HEA 428)

  1. Admission to the Professional Program
  2. Completion of all early field experience requirements and intervention courses (HEA 339, 340, 366, 426, 466)
  3. A minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average
  4. A grade of C (2.0) or better in all required HEA courses
  5. Completion of HEA 201 and a minimum of six (6) s.h. of health education course work
  6. Current CPR and Community First Aid and Safety certification

Graduation Requirements for a B.S. in Community Health Education

  1. A grade of C (2.0) or better in all required HEA courses
  2. Successful completion of HEA 428 with a grade of P (Pass)
  3. Registration for and completion of the CHES exam
  4. Completion of all other requirements as described for degree and major

Health Studies Concentration

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Studies is designed to prepare individuals for positions in health-related fields; provide a base for graduate study; and provide a foundation for personal growth. The Health Studies concentration provides a foundation in the core areas of public health including: social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, environmental health, public health statistics, and public health policy and administration.

Our graduates, like other graduates in general education programs such as Women's Studies, African American Studies, International Studies, Environmental Studies, and Liberal Studies, are competitive in the job market for careers in administration, education, health sciences, human relations, and public service, and in other governmental, community-based and/or nonprofit settings. The Health Studies program serves as an academic foundation in health to prepare students for a graduate program in public health, social work, health administration, nutrition, counseling, biomedical sciences, psychology, sociology, anthropology, or other field of interest. In addition, students may choose the health studies concentration while also completing pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, and physical therapy.

Student Learning Goals

Students completing the Health Studies concentration will:

  • Explain the purpose, core functions, services, and professions of public health.
  • Analyze major public health trends and issues impacting populations and communities.
  • Compare and contrast population-based approaches to addressing the health needs faced by society.
  • Locate, access, evaluate, and utilize public health data and health and disease information resources.
  • Present clear oral and written ideas and arguments on public health and population-based issues.

Graduation Requirements for a B.S. in Health Studies

  1. A grade of C (2.0) or better in all HEA courses
  2. Completion of all other requirements as described for degree and major

Academic Requirements

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category

S.H.

Students may select courses for:

 

Literature (GLT)

3

Fine Arts (GFA)

3

Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)

3

One additional GLT, GFA, or GPR course

3

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

3

 

 

Department specifies courses for:

 

Mathematics (GMT)
required: STA 108 or MAT 115

3

Natural Sciences (GNS)
required: BIO 111/111L or 105/105L, and NTR 213

6–7

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and ENG 102

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
required: HEA 201 or PSY 121 or SOC 101

6

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

 

III Major Requirements

Community Health Education Concentration

  1. HEA 201*, 308, 314, 315, 316, 325, 339, 340, 366, 405, 412, 427, 428, 466
  2. Twelve s.h. from the following courses: HEA 202, 207, 260, 310, 318, 333, 334, 338, 347, 361, 369, 420, 430, 450, 471, 475, 491. May include any of the following one-hour courses: HEA 203, 236, 300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 331.

Health Studies Concentration

  1. HEA 201*, 260, 308, 310, 314, 315, 316, 325, 331, 412, 470, 490
  2. Twelve s.h. from the following courses: HEA 207, 310, 318, 333, 334, 338, 347, 369, 420, 430, 450, 471, 475, 491. May include any of the following one-hour courses: HEA 203, 236, 300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307

IV Related Area Requirements (both concentrations)

BIO 111*, 111L*; CST 341 or 105; ENG 101*; MAT 115* or STA 108*; NTR 213*; PSY 121 or SOC 101

*BIO 111/111L and NTR 213 satisfy one GNS requirement; ENG 101 satisfies one GRD; HEA 201, PSY 121, and SOC 101 each satisfy one GSB; and MAT 115 and STA 108 satisfy GMT.

V Electives

Electives sufficient to complete total semester hours required for degree.