Bachelor of Science, Public Health (BSPH)

Graduates of the Public Health program enter the job market as health educators, fitness consultants, consumer information directors, and community outreach coordinators who are trained to promote healthy lifestyles through behavior modification, physical activity and proper nutrition to prevent chronic and degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, HIV/AIDS and other conditions such as substance abuse and domestic violence. To reduce the rising cost of health care, policymakers are increasingly employing the preventive approaches and services of community educators in county, state and federal health departments, wellness programs, hospitals, disease management and consulting firms, consumer advocacy, international and voluntary health care organizations. Student learning outcomes in Public Health following completion of the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Public Health, the graduates will:

  • Apply psychological and sociological theories in explaining human behaviors in different clinical scenarios.
  • Comprehend the factors that influence health and well-being.
  • Promote health and prevent disease by positively influencing the behavior of clients.
  • Determine individual and Public Health needs by using valid health information and appropriate evaluative methods.
  • Understand the US health care system and respond ethically to health care disparities.
  • Comprehend published research in public health.


Degree Requirements and Curriculum

pdf Fall 2022 Public Health Course Sequence

General Education Courses

HRS Fall 1ST YEAR
3 BIOL 1080 - Biological Science Survey 1 & Lab
3 CMAT 1130 or 2030 - Oral Communication
3 ENG 1230/1270 - Composition I
3 MATH 1200 - College Algebra
3 Social or Behavioral Science Course I
15 TOTAL
HRS Spring 1ST YEAR
4 BIOL 2020 - Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture and Lab
5-4

CHEM 1050 - Introduction to General & Organic Chemistry

or CHEM 1400 and 1410

3 ENG 1240/1280 - Composition II
1

Free Elective (#1)

3

Social or Behavioral Science Course II

15-16 TOTAL
HRS Fall 2ND YEAR
4 BIOL 2021 - Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture and Lab
3 Free Elective (#2)
3 HSC 2150 - Intro Health Professions
3 HSC 2190- Nutrition
3 SOC 1250 or ANTH 1010 (Diversity)
16 TOTAL
HRS Spring 2ND YEAR
3 PHIL 1020 or PHIL 1030 (Humanites Requirement)
3 Fine Arts Requirement
3 Free Elective (#3)
3 HSC 3321 - Service Learning in Health
3 Humanities or Fine Arts Elective
15 TOTAL

Professional Sequence Courses

HRS Fall 3rd Year
3 HSC 3200 - Research Methods
3 HSC 3313 - Health Disparities
3 HSC 3316 - Human Diseases
3 HSC 3319 - Introduction to Public Health
3 HSC 3329 - Biostatistics or PSYC 4190
15 TOTAL
  Spring 3rd Year
3 HSC 2250 - Health Care Ethics
3 HSC 3315 - Health Behavior and Promotion
3 HSC 3375 - Health Policy and Administration
3 HSC 4418 - Epidemiology
3 HSC 423 - Introduction to Environmental Health
15 TOTAL
 HRS Fall 4th Year
3 HSC 2265 - Alternative Health Care
3 HSC 2350 - Drugs and Alcohol in Society
3 HSC 3450 - Public Health Communication
3 HSC 4420 - Introduction to Urban Health
3 Public Health Supportive Elective (#1)
15 TOTAL
 HRS Spring 4th Year
3 HSC 4414 - Entrepreneurship in Healthcare
3 HSC 4424 - Program Planning
3 HSC 4425 - Community Health Practicum
3 Public Health Supportive Elective (#2)
3 Public Health Supportive Elective (#3)
12 TOTAL

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) applications are only accepted for the fall semester.  Before applying, students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Sience in Public Health must first be accepted to Chicago State University and completed or are currently enrolled in all pre-professional courses.

Application packets must be submitted by May 1, 2023, and include all of the following:

  • A completed typewritten application. You can apply online or use the PDF form
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (one professional, one academic, or both academic) in sealed envelopes, using the Public Health Recommendation Form.
  • A five hundred (500) words minimum typewritten personal statement (in APA 7th Edition Format) describing the factors that influenced your decision to enter the public health profession and your professional aspirations following completion of the program.

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