Why Global and Public Health Sciences?

Public health is the prevention of illness and promotion of wellness in small and large communities—every place from small villages to counties or continents. Using the tools of public health research and action, you will identify health issues in communities in the United States and around the world, and implement actions to protect or improve individuals’ lives.

The Global and Public Health Sciences major is intended for students who are interested in the health problems of communities and the actions that will protect or improve the lives of large numbers of individuals. These actions typically require a multidisciplinary approach—carefully considering cultural and ethnic contexts —that involves the biomedical, social, behavioral, political and environmental sciences.

Public health actions often address such issues as obesity and diabetes, food security, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases; quality of food, water and air; and health care access.

This major is offered through the College of Human Ecology or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Enrolling in this major is especially appropriate if you wish to pursue advanced study to prepare for leadership positions in governmental or nongovernmental organizations,working directly with current and emerging health concerns in the U.S. or internationally.

Curriculum

Core courses in GPHS

  • NS 1600: Introduction to Public Health
  • NS 2060: Preparation for Engaged Learning in Global & Public Health Sciences
  • NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health
  • NS 3600: Epidemiology
  • Supervised Experiential Learning in Global and Public Health (minimum of 3 credits in a community or laboratory setting)
  • NS 4600: Explorations in Global and Public Health (capstone)

In addition to completing the core courses in public health, global health and epidemiology, you will take a minimum of one advanced course in each of the following areas:

  1. Social and behavioral health
  2. Biological aspects of public health
  3. Environmental health
  4. Health policy and management 

Other major requirements include:

  • Introductory Chemistry with lab
  • Introductory Biology (2 lectures, 1 lab)
  • Two different Social Science courses (Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, Sociology)
  • One Humanities course
  • Two Written Communications courses
  • Introductory Biostatistics (STSCI 2150)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology

FALL FRESHMAN

  • NS 1600 Introduction to Public Health, 3 cr (must take in the fall of freshman year)
  • CHEM 2070 General Chemistry I, 4 cr
  • Biology Lecture (BIOG 1440 or BIOMG 1350) and/or lab (BIOG 1500), 3-5 cr (can be postponed to the spring semester)
  • FWS, 3cr
  • College Distribution Requirement

SPRING FRESHMAN

  • NS 2600 Introduction to Global Health, 3 cr (must take in the spring of freshman year)
  • CHEM 2080 General Chemistry II, 4 cr, if needed
  • Biology Lecture and/or Lab, 2-5 cr
  • FWS, 3 cr
  • STSCI 2150 Introductory Statistics for Biology, 4 cr, if not completed
  • College Distribution Requirement

FALL SOPHOMORE

  • NS 2060 Prep for Engaged Learning 2 cr
  • NS 3600 Epidemiology (requires STSCI 2150)
  • CHEM 3570 Organic Chemistry I, 3 cr OR CHEM 3530 Principles of Org Chemistry, 3 cr
  • Biology Lecture and/or Lab, if not completed, 3 or 2 cr
  • College Distribution Requirement

SPRING SOPHOMORE

  • CHEM 3580 Organic Chemistry II, 3, if pre-med and took CHEM 3570 OR CHEM 1570 Intro to Org & Bio Chemistry, 3 cr (CHEM 2070 is a pre-req)
  • Biology Lecture and/or Lab, if not completed, 3 or 2 cr
  • GPHS Selectives
  • College Distribution Requirement AND/OR Electives

Summer Experiential Learning (if desired)

FALL - JUNIOR

  • NS 3200 Biochemistry, 4 cr
  • NS 4600 Explorations in Global and Public Health, 3 cr, if completed Experiential Learning
  • GPHS Selectives
  • Experiential Learning (if not completed)
  • Electives AND/OR College Distribution Requirement, if needed

SPRING - JUNIOR

  • GPHS Selectives
  • Experiential Learning (if not completed)
  • NS 3410 Human Anatomy & Physiology (if wanted), 4 cr
  • GPHS Selectives

Summer Experiential Learning (if not completed)

FALL - SENIOR

  • NS 4600 Explorations in Global and Public Health, 3 cr
  • GPHS Selectives, if not completed
  • Electives AND/OR College Distribution Requirement, if needed

SPRING - SENIOR

  • GPHS Selectives, if not completed
  • NS 3410 Human Anatomy & Physiology (if wanted but not completed), 4 cr
  • Electives AND/OR College Distribution Requirement, if needed

 

After the completion of the experiential learning opportunity, seniors enroll in the capstone course, Explorations in Global and Public Health. You will complete a reflective document and presentation that connects the experiential component with the core principles of public health you learned through your coursework over the previous three years.

Your classroom and experiential learning, and the completion of your capstone course, will prepare you for any number of satisfying careers.

For more information on electives and major requirements, see the DNS Road Map.

Global and Public Health Sciences Experiential Learning

The experiential component of the Global and Public Health Sciences major will help connect your classroom learning to practice in the field.

You will learn in unfamiliar contexts and interact with people different from you. You will be challenged to engage more effectively with your course content, while gaining a deeper understanding of public health issues through research, writing and critical thinking.

A broad range of opportunities are available in domestic and international settings. You also may work with DNS faculty on their research.

GPHS Careers

Opportunities in public health are numerous and growing. Students completing the major in Global and Public Health Sciences will be prepared to pursue careers in public health, public service, research, social entrepreneurship, medicine and other health careers both domestically and globally.

Public health fields include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health education/behavior
  • International health
  • Health policy and management
  • Environmental health

Depending on the position and the employer, some opportunities may require an advanced degree, such as a Master’s in Public Health.