Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Public Health
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The Public Health 100% online program at the University of Cincinnati is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of career opportunities within the public health field.

Bachelor of Science Public Health Online CurriculumBS in Public Health curriculum breakdown by credit hour

Total: 120 credits

*Bachelor’s degree-seeking students at the University of Cincinnati are required to complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours for graduation. Up to 90 semester credit hours of prior college coursework taken at an accredited institution can be transferred in and applied to the program.

Public Health Internship Opportunities:

Students in the Bachelor’s in Public Health program can get real-world experience through a senior year internship. This experience helps students entering the workforce apply what they have learned in the program to a professional environment. Read all about the internship opportunities across the nation that have made students successful after graduating from UC Online.

Course Title / Description Credit
Community Health and Minorities: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Course: AFST3052
Credit: 3
This course is designed to provide students with theoretical foundations, methods, and skills essential to professional community health education practice in minority populations. Through field observations, students determine the ways in which health providers, community leaders, and community residents view health problems in underserved communities, and compare these views with more objective data as a means to develop health intervention strategies.
Introduction to Public/Community Health
Course: HPE1002
Credit: 3
This course will examine the public health system in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on how public health data is collected; the various roles and responsibilities of public health departments; principles of population health; evidence based public health practice; current public health issues and trends; preventing disease, disability and death; and public health across the lifespan. Topics will address elements of society and culture and how they impact the population health approach. Students should gain an appreciation for public health and develop an understanding of various public health career options.
Introduction to Epidemiology
Course: HPE1004
Credit: 3
This course is an introduction to epidemiological concepts and methods used to evaluate the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Intended topics include measures of disease occurrence, common sources and types of data, important study designs and sources of error in epidemiological studies, and epidemiological methods.
Communicating About Health, Environment and Science
Course: COMM2004
Credit: 3
This course surveys theoretical and applied dimensions of communication issues pertaining to environmental, health, and science issues facing contemporary society. Students will learn about the symbolic and material dimensions of environment and health issues, ways in which risk is evaluated and communicated in a variety of contexts, and about the parameters of scientific argument in various technical and political arenas.
Health Politics & Policy in the U.S.
Course: POL3023
Credit: 3
This course will give a provide an overview of domestic health policy in the United States and the politics that contribute the development of health policy outcomes. As such, it will combine public policy and political science approaches. The course will begin with a review of the institutions involved crafting health policy (e.g., Congress, state government, the courts, and the bureaucracy) and their roles in the policymaking process. Case studies such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act will be discussed. In addition to understanding the institutions and policy process, the course will also engage public opinion, elections, and interest group activity. Students investigate the formation of health care policy preferences, exploring data from national surveys, as well as assess efforts to mobilize health politics in national and state contexts.
Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
Course: HPE3071
Credit: 3
This course provides students with the skills to plan, implement and evaluate evidenced-based public health programs in order to address the most important health issues affecting communities. Students will be provided with the skills to conduct needs assessments, develop goals and SMART objectives, administer programs and conduct evaluation.
Health Issues of Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations
Course: NBSN3087
Credit: 3
This course provides students with the opportunity to examine the interplay between vulnerability, health status, and healthcare access and quality through an overarching framework of the social determinants of health. Physical, psychological, demographic, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues influencing the health status of and health care delivery to vulnerable populations are examined. Students will develop essential skills needed for self-care, resilience, and working effectively as members of interprofessional teams promoting the health of diverse populations. and Students will identify approaches to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized groups through cultural humility, cultural competence, and empathy.
Global Health
Course: NBSN3090
Credit: 3
This course is an introduction to global health and global health systems. The student will examine the impact of cultural, economic and political factors on health and health care in other countries. The focus on health disparities, the global burden of disease, access to care, social justice, and health as a human right will be explored. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will guide the students learning about a variety of global health issues.
Research Methods in Health Sciences
Course: HLTH3098
Credit: 3
In this course, students will learn skills that are the foundation of evidence-based practice. These skills include identifying major study design approaches, formulating research questions that align with specific study designs, and interpreting the most common statistical methods used in clinical and population health research. Students will also learn about ethical research conduct and about community engagement to build trust with research participants and strengthen research equity and impact. Through interprofessional collaboration, students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed research articles, how to navigate through the different sections of a research article, summarize its key elements, and critically appraise its strengths and weaknesses. Students will also learn how evidence-based practice guidelines are derived from systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health
Course: HPE4048
Credit: 3
Students will be introduced to major social and behavioral science theories which inform and influence the health and wellness of individuals, groups, and populations. The importance of evidence-based community and public health programs will be discussed, and students will have an opportunity to apply theories to public health practice and interventions.
Evidence-Based Public Health
Course: MEDS4053
Credit: 3
This course will include an orientation to the US public health system, current concepts and issues,and major contemporary public health problems. A second content theme will include a brief overview of the development of the quality improvement movement in medicine, resulting in the evidence-based public health movement. These two segments will be integrated as students learn to apply the principles of an evidence-based approach to current public health problems in the greater Cincinnati area. A seminar style of teaching, employing small-group discussion of cases will be employed.
Internship in Public Health
Course: HPE5091
Credit: 3-6
This course is to provide students the opportunity to place into practice the theory and skills obtained through their public health studies.
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