B.S. in Public Health

College of Health Sciences
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements3-9
Mathematics requirement3
Introduction to Statistics I
Public Speaking requirement3
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speech Communication
Science requirements6
1 BIO and 1 CHE Gen Ed course
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Introduction to Ethics
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Transcultural Health: Principles and Practice
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Humans and the Environment
Writing Emphasis requirements9
Writing emphasis credits will be earned in required HEA courses.
Electives21
Courses outside of public health selected under advisement. Students are encouraged to select minors or clusters of courses to complement their career or graduate school goals.
Major Requirements
HEA 100Dimensions of Wellness3
HEA 242Introduction to Public and Community Health3
HEA 330Health Behavior3
HEA 341Chronic and Communicable Diseases3
HEA 342Program Planning and Evaluation 13
HEA 348Population Health: Analysis, Surveillance, and Intervention3
HEA 419Research Methods in Health3
HEA 436Health Care Delivery - Trends; Challenges3
HEA 420Health Marketing and Communications 13
HEA 434Health Law, Economics, Ethics, and Policy 13
HEA 418Preparation for Internship and for Professional Practice Seminar3
HEA 421Public Health Internship3-12
Public Health Electives21
Seven approved health electives selected under advisement with no more than six credits at the HEA 100 level and no more than six credits of HEA 435
Grade Requirements
A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is needed before the start of the internship, HEA 421. Public health core, public health elective classes, and MAT 121 require a minimum grade of C.
Total Minimum Credits Required120
1

These required courses also satisfy general education requirements.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
HEA 100 Dimensions of Wellness 3
BIO 100
Basic Biological Science
or Concepts of Chemistry
3
HEA 242 Introduction to Public and Community Health 3
MAT 103 Introduction to Mathematics (or higher) 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Anthropology: Cultural  
Introduction to Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
 Credits15
Semester Two
HEA 240 Foundations of Health Education 3
BIO 100
Basic Biological Science (whichever not taken in previous semester)
or Concepts of Chemistry
3
SPK 208 Public Speaking 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
Select one of the following (whichever not taken in previous semester): 3
Introduction to Anthropology: Cultural  
Introduction to Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
HEA 110
Transcultural Health: Principles and Practice 2
or Humans and the Environment
3
WRT 200
Critical Writing and Research
or Critical Writing: Entering Public Sphere
3
Gen Ed Humanities Course 3
Gen Ed Arts Course 3
Free elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
HEA 110
Transcultural Health: Principles and Practice (whichever not taken in previous semester)2
or Humans and the Environment
3
HEA 306
Curriculum and Instruction
or Chronic and Communicable Diseases
3
Gen Ed Humanities Course 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
HEA 330 Health Behavior 3
HEA 306
Curriculum and Instruction (whichever not taken in previous semester)
or Chronic and Communicable Diseases
3
HEA elective 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
HEA 342 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HEA 419 Research Methods in Health 3
HEA 436 Health Care Delivery - Trends; Challenges 3
HEA elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
HEA 420 Health Marketing and Communications 3
HEA 418 Preparation for Internship and for Professional Practice Seminar 3
HEA elective 3
HEA elective 3
HEA elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credits18
Semester Eight
HEA 421 Public Health Internship 3 12
 Credits12
 Total Credits120
1

MAT 121 recommended for students considering graduate work in public health.

2

HEA 110 is Gen Ed Diversity, ENV 102 is Gen Ed Interdisciplinary.

3

All other courses must be taken prior to HEA 421.