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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health - Epidemiology (PHEP) - BS Major

75-78 S.H. (no minor required)

2.5 GPA required.

Letter grade required in all major courses unless otherwise noted.

Public Health - Epidemiology Major Map  

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Public Health

A Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health provides students with a thorough grounding in the science and art of maintaining and promoting the health of communities and populations. The degree will prepare students for a broad spectrum of careers in public health including health promotion, community development, health care administration, epidemiology, public health research, public health program planning and management.

Public Health Core

The Public Health core is based on the recommendations of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) for undergraduate programs in Public Health. The core includes courses that introduce the concepts and practice of public health as well a series of courses that explore the different ways in which the public’s health is promoted through preventing and controlling disease and managing health services. Many of the courses contain opportunities for service learning and community engagement to ensure that students have practical experience of working as public health professionals by the time they graduate.

Students majoring in Public Health take courses from the core and elect one of three emphases - Community Health Specialist, Epidemiology, Health Administration and Nutrition. Each emphasis contains a sequence of courses designed to teach students skills and provide them with the entry-level knowledge and experience they will need to become effective professionals in their chosen field within public health.

Epidemiology Emphasis

The Epidemiology emphasis (PHEP) is designed for students who are interested in attending graduate school as preparation for careers in health-based research and epidemiology (the science of how disease spreads in populations). It is also a useful adjunct for students in pre-professional programs for medicine and dentistry. Students in the epidemiology emphasis take core courses in public health. In addition they take a series of courses in statistics, biology and chemistry.

The HERS Department encourages its public health majors to become members of its academic Public Health Club.

Public Health Core (58-60 credits)


*Students may take HERS 403 or HERS 503 (graduate level). Students concurrently enrolled in the MPH program at St. Ambrose College must complete HERS 503.

Biology/Chemistry (8 credits)

Choose one course grouping:

Communication Studies (3 credits)

Sociology (3 credits)

Epidemiology Emphasis (17-20 credits)


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

= Civic Engagement and Service Learning