Public health

A major is available in public health.

Major in public health

54-56 credit hours

Supporting courses (24-26 credits)

  • Chem 101 (3) and Chem 103 (4) or Chem 111 (4) and Chem 112 (4)7-8
  • BIOL 206, Microbiology (3) or BIOL 300, Microbial Biology (4)3-4
  • CHEM 220, Human Nutrition3
  • BIOL 115, Medical Terminology1
  • BIOL 203, Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
  • BIOL 204, Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
  • BIOL 319, Human Pathophysiology3

Public health courses (30 credits)

  • PUBH 200, Introduction to Public Health3
  • PUBH 210, Health Care in Diverse Communities3
  • PUBH 310, Public Health Policy and Administration3
  • PUBH 320, Perspectives in Global Health3
  • NURS 309, Healthcare Ethics3
  • PSYC 380, Statistics in Research 3
  • SOC 391, Methods of Social Research3
  • PUBH 330, Epidemiology3
  • PUBH 409, Internship in Public Health3
  • PUBH 410, Senior Seminar3

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates in public health will:

  1. Identify relevant health disparities in the community.
  2. Design an appropriate health education program for the community.
  3. Implement an education program to improve community health.
  4. Analyze the success of a delivered community health program.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking strategies, creativity, and reflection when processing a problem. 
  6. Demonstrate professional ethical leadership behavior and skills, including attire, communication, relationships, responsibility, initiative and the ability to empower others.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of research methods, statistics and inquiry skills.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
SST language
Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Terminology
Second year 200 level public health courses
Goshen Core
Third year 300 level public health courses
Goshen Core
Methods of Social Research
Healthcare Ethics
Fourth year 400 level public health courses

Planning and advising notes

The major in public health can be paired with a minor in one of the following disciplines: International Studies, Health, Environmental Studies, Social Policy & Advocacy, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies. Students with no high school chemistry or high school chemistry grades lower than B- in two semesters are required to take CHEM 101. See prerequisites for BIOL 206, BIOL 300, and CHEM 220 in course descriptions.