Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Health and in Public Health, as well as minors in Community Health and in Wellness. 

The B.S. degree in Health and the B.S. degree in Public Health with concentrations in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science and Epidemiology and Disease Control, provide students the opportunity to prepare for health careers in city, county, state and national government health agencies; corporate wellness programs; and voluntary health agencies. The degrees require both academic coursework and practical experience via an internship and help to prepare students for admission to graduate programs in public health and health promotion. Students interested in pursuing a major or minor in health or public health are required to consult with their academic advisor.

Department Honors

The Department of Public Health awards Department Honors to certain outstanding students and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision.

Selection of honors designation is based on the student’s academic performance and recommendation by the faculty of the student’s major discipline. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major at UTSA. The minimum grade point averages must be maintained for students to receive the approval of the Department Honors Committee and the discipline faculty. Students applying for Department Honors are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The completed thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty sponsor and another departmental faculty member. Students interested in this program should contact their professors for additional information.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Health (Community Health and Preventive Services Specialization)

This program provides students with the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Health for students interested in careers in community health, public health and health promotion. All degree core, designated electives, and support work must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

Academic advising for students seeking the degree is available in the Life and Health Sciences Advising Center.

The minimum number of semester credit hours for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Internship Policy

Experiential learning is a valuable element for health professionals. An internship enables the student to gain practical experience as a professional under conditions conducive to educational development. The internship is a time-limited, supervised period of health education activities carried out in a health-oriented organization. All Health majors are expected to complete an internship (6 semester credit hours, 300 hours of time on site). 

Internship Eligibility

Health majors are eligible to apply for an internship if they:

  • Have completed all degree requirements of the major and support work
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Are within 13 hours of graduation (including the 6 hours of the internship)

Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will not be allowed to complete the internship. The program coordinator will assign students who do not meet the GPA requirement two upper-level courses (3 credit hours each) to take in place of the internship course.

Mandatory meetings are held in the semester prior to the student enrolling in the internship. These meetings are held in June (for Fall), October (for Spring), and March (for Summer). Students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to the meeting to verify that they are eligible for the internship. This must be done by October 1st, March 1st, or May 1st for the respective internship meeting. Students must bring a signed degree plan from their advisor to the mandatory internship meeting.

Students who miss the meeting may be ineligible for the internship in the following semester. Extenuating circumstances must be documented and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the internship coordinator.

Students requesting an internship at a site that requires a criminal background check are responsible for having the background check completed and submitted to the internship site for approval. Students are responsible for paying any fees associated with the completion of the background check. Students must have the background check completed and accepted by the internship site when the work plan for the internship is submitted.

Appeal Process

Students who wish to appeal the internship requirement due to prior work experience may do so by completing and submitting the appeal form, available from the academic advisor, with written documentation to a three-member review committee. Prior work experience is defined as a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in the field of the respective degree. Written documentation submitted with the form includes: 1) a letter from the student detailing his or her work experience, how it fits his or her degree plan, and his or her career goals; 2) the student’s resume; and 3) a letter from his or her work supervisor verifying employment and stating the extent of their job responsibilities and the relationship to the degree. The appeal packet must be received by the department internship coordinator no later than October 7th, March 7th, or May 7th, for the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters, respectively. The committee will meet prior to the internship meeting to discuss the appeals and make a recommendation to the Department Chair. Students who are denied appeals must attend the internship meeting and complete the internship.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the B.S. degree in Health must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

STA 1053 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233  should be used to satisfy one of the Life and Physical Sciences core requirements. HTH 2413  should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. COM 2113  should be used to satisfy the core requirement in the Component Area Option.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3
AIS 1213AIS: Architecture, Construction, and Planning3
AIS 1223AIS: Arts and Humanities3
AIS 1233AIS: Business3
AIS 1243AIS: Engineering, Mathematics, and Sciences3
AIS 1253AIS: Interdisciplinary Education3
AIS 1263AIS: Life and Health Sciences3
AIS 1273AIS: Social Sciences and Public Policy3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1053Mathematics for Business3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1133Calculus for Business3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
CHE 1083Introduction to the Molecular Structure of Matter3
CHE 1093Introduction to Molecular Transformations3
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GES 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2023Literature and Film3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
ENG 2443Persuasion and Rhetoric3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GES 1023World Regional Geography3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2013Basic Philosophical Problems3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WGSS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WGSS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ARC 2413History of Architecture I3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
BBL 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2653Music in Culture3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683History and Styles of Western Art Music3
MUS 2713History of Recorded Music3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools: National and Transnational Experiences3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GES 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GES 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional Core Curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core component area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration and Policy in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

All candidates for the degree must complete the following degree requirements in addition to the Core Curriculum requirements.

Gateway Courses

Students pursuing the B.S. degree in Health must successfully complete each of the following Gateway Courses with a grade of “C-” or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major.

HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health
HTH 3503Theories of Health Behavior

Degree Requirements

A. Degree core requirements
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2601Field-Based Skills in Community Health and Preventive Services1
HTH 2623Database Management in Community and Public Health3
HTH 3503Theories of Health Behavior3
HTH 3513Community Health3
HTH 3663Program Planning and Evaluation3
HTH 4503Human Disease and Epidemiology3
HTH 4513Consumer Health3
HTH 4543Environmental Health and Safety3
HTH 4921Capstone for Community Health and Preventive Services1
HTH 4936Internship in Health6
B. Support work
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 2053
BIO 2051
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
4
BIO 2063
BIO 2061
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
4
COM 2113Public Speaking3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
STA 1053Basic Statistics3
C. Designated electives
Select 15 semester credit hours of the following:15
Select at least two of the following four courses:
Physical Activity and Health
Drugs and Health
Understanding Human Sexuality
Nutrition and Health
Additional designated electives can be taken from the following courses:
Personal Health
Survey of Drugs and Health
Survey of Human Nutrition
Survey of Human Sexuality
Principles of Weight Management
Worksite Health Promotion
Growth and Development
Emotional Wellness
Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
Special Studies in Health
Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management
Special Studies in Management
D. Free electives23
All candidates for this degree must complete up to 23 hours of free electives to meet the 120 hour minimum for the degree, including a sufficient number of electives at the upper-division level to meet the UTSA minimum of 39 upper-division hours.
Total Credit Hours90

B.S. in Health – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
University core course 3
University core course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BIO 1233 Contemporary Biology I (core) 3
HTH 2413 Introduction to Community and Public Health (core and major) 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
University core course 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
University core course 3
University core course 3
University core course 3
University core course 3
Free elective 2
 Credit Hours14
Spring
BIO 2053 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 2051 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I 1
COM 2113 Public Speaking (core) 3
HTH 2601 Field-Based Skills in Community Health and Preventive Services 1
HTH 3503 Theories of Health Behavior 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
BIO 2063 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 2061 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II 1
HTH 2623 Database Management in Community and Public Health 3
HTH 3513 Community Health 3
HTH 3663 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
HTH 4503 Human Disease and Epidemiology 3
Designated elective 3
Designated elective 3
Designated elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
HTH 4513 Consumer Health 3
HTH 4543 Environmental Health and Safety 3
Designated elective 3
Designated elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
HTH 4936 Internship in Health 6
HTH 4921 Capstone for Community Health and Preventive Services 1
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120

Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Public Health is offered with an interdisciplinary curriculum designed for students who are interested in gaining knowledge and developing skills needed in a variety of health care related areas, including biostatistics, environmental science, health and public administration, epidemiology, and health behavior. The degree requirements consist of the University Core Curriculum, major core requirements, elective courses in areas of specializations, a foreign language, and an internship. The major core is multidisciplinary introducing students to the fundamental subjects and the essential knowledge necessary for working in any field related to public health. The degree program is offered in two concentrations: (1) Epidemiology and Disease Control and (2) Health Promotion and Behavioral Science.

The degree program prepares students for health care related careers in government, private, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, graduates of this program will be competent in pursuing graduate studies in a variety of academic fields, including public health, allied health, public policy, nutrition, business, and law. For students in the Epidemiology and Disease Control concentration, it can also provide students with a pathway to advanced studies in medicine or dentistry, if the students use the electives to fulfill the additional admission requirements for medical and dental schools.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Internship Policy

Experiential learning is a valuable element for  health professionals. An internship enables the student to gain practical experience as a professional under conditions conducive to educational development. The internship is a time-limited, supervised period of health education activities carried out in a health-oriented organization. All Public Health majors are expected to complete an internship (6 semester credit hours, 300 hours of time on site). 

Internship Eligibility

Public Health majors are eligible to apply for an internship if they have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and follow the guidelines outlined in the internship manual for the Department of Public Health.

Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will not be allowed to complete the internship. The program coordinator will assign students who do not meet the GPA requirement two upper-level courses (3 credit hours each) to take in place of the internship course.

Students requesting an internship at a site that requires a criminal background check are responsible for having the background check completed and submitted to the internship site for approval. Students are responsible for paying any fees associated with the completion of the background check. Students must have the background check completed and accepted by the internship site when the work plan for the internship is submitted.

Appeal Process

Students who wish to appeal the internship requirement due to prior work experience may do so by completing and submitting the appeal form, available from the internship coordinator, with written documentation. Prior work experience is defined as a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in the field of the respective degree. Written documentation submitted with the form includes: 1) a letter from the student detailing his or her work experience, how it fits his or her degree plan, and his or her career goals; 2) the student’s resume; and 3) letter(s) from his or her work supervisor(s) verifying employment and stating the extent of their job responsibilities and the relationship to the degree. Work appeals must be submitted by the specified deadline for that semester. The work appeal committee will make a recommendation to the Department Chair. 

Core Curriculum requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the B.S. degree in Public Health must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

STA 1053 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics as well as a major requirement. BIO 1404  and BIO 1414  may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences as well as major requirements. HTH 2413  may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3
AIS 1213AIS: Architecture, Construction, and Planning3
AIS 1223AIS: Arts and Humanities3
AIS 1233AIS: Business3
AIS 1243AIS: Engineering, Mathematics, and Sciences3
AIS 1253AIS: Interdisciplinary Education3
AIS 1263AIS: Life and Health Sciences3
AIS 1273AIS: Social Sciences and Public Policy3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1053Mathematics for Business3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1133Calculus for Business3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
CHE 1083Introduction to the Molecular Structure of Matter3
CHE 1093Introduction to Molecular Transformations3
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GES 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2023Literature and Film3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
ENG 2443Persuasion and Rhetoric3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GES 1023World Regional Geography3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2013Basic Philosophical Problems3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WGSS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WGSS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ARC 2413History of Architecture I3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
BBL 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2653Music in Culture3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683History and Styles of Western Art Music3
MUS 2713History of Recorded Music3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools: National and Transnational Experiences3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GES 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GES 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional Core Curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core component area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration and Policy in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Degree Requirements

All candidates for the B.S. degree in Public Health must complete the following 87 semester credit hours, which includes 9 semester credit hours of Core Curriculum requirements.

A. Public Health Foundation courses
All candidates for this degree must complete the following 38 semester credit hours of coursework:
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2623Database Management in Community and Public Health3
HTH 3503Theories of Health Behavior3
HTH 4503Human Disease and Epidemiology3
HTH 4543Environmental Health and Safety3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management3
PUB 4043Global Health3
PUB 4053Health Care System3
SOC 3223Population Dynamics and Demographic Techniques3
STA 1053Basic Statistics3
B. Public Health Concentrations. All candidates for the degree in Public Health must complete the requirements for one of the following concentrations:
Epidemiology and Disease Control Concentration
All candidates for the degree in Public Health with an Epidemiology and Disease Control Concentration must complete the following 18 semester credit hours of coursework:18
Introduction to Social Research
Health Disparities
Select at least 12 semester hours of the following:
Medical Anthropology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Genetics
Physiology
Physiology Laboratory
Neurobiology
Microbiology
Microbiology Laboratory
Medical Geography
Behavioral Epidemiology
Etiology 1: Epidemiologic Methods to Investigate Outbreaks and New Epidemics
Etiology 2: Epidemiologic Methods to Investigate Chronic Disease, Exposure, and Risk
Medical Sociology
Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Concentration
All candidates for the degree in Public Health with a Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Concentration must complete the following 18 semester credit hours of coursework:18
Program Planning and Evaluation
Select at least 15 semester credit hours from the following list of courses:
Medical Anthropology
Biology of Human Reproduction
Nutrition
Brain and Behavior
Principles of Weight Management
Community Health
Worksite Health Promotion
Drugs and Health
Growth and Development
Emotional Wellness
Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
Consumer Health
Understanding Human Sexuality
Nutrition and Health
Fitness and Wellness Concepts
Exercise Psychology
Psychology of Health
Social Context of Drug Use
Medical Sociology
C. Advanced Public Health Requirement
All candidates for this degree must complete 6 hours of an internship in public health.
PUB 4933Public Health Internship (repeated once)6
or PUB 4936 Public Health Internship
D. Foreign Language
All candidates for this degree must complete 6 hours of coursework in a single foreign language.6
E. Free electives
All candidates for this degree must complete up to 19 hours of free electives to meet the 120 hour minimum for the degree, including a sufficient number of electives at the upper-division level to meet the UTSA minimum of 39 upper-division hours.19
Total Credit Hours87

Course Sequence Guides for B.S. Degree in Public Health

These course sequence guides are designed to assist students in completing the requirements for their UTSA undergraduate Public Health degree. These are merely guides and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor for individualized degree plans. Progress within these guides depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.S. in Public Health, Epidemiology and Disease Control Concentration – Four-Year Academic Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HTH 2413 Introduction to Community and Public Health (core and major) 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics (core and major) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BIO 1404 Biosciences I (core and major) 4
HIS 1043
United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core)
or United States History: Civil War Era to Present
or Texas History
3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
BIO 1414 Biosciences II 4
HIS 1043
United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core)
or United States History: Civil War Era to Present
or Texas History
3
HTH 3503 Theories of Health Behavior 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
HTH 2623 Database Management in Community and Public Health 3
MGT 3013 Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management 3
SOC 3223 Population Dynamics and Demographic Techniques 3
Component Area Option core 3
Creative Arts core 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
PUB 4043 Global Health 3
Free elective 3
Free elective (upper-division) 3
Foreign language (semester I) 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
HTH 4503 Human Disease and Epidemiology 3
POL 1133
Texas Politics and Society (core)
or Civil Rights in Texas and America
3
PUB 4053 Health Care System 3
SOC 3323 Introduction to Social Research 3
Foreign language (semester II) 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
HTH 4543 Environmental Health and Safety 3
SOC 4683 Health Disparities 3
Concentration course (upper-division) 3
Concentration course (upper-division) 3
Concentration course (upper-division) 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PUB 4933
Public Health Internship (repeated once)
or Public Health Internship
6
Concentration course (upper-division) 3
Free elective (upper-division) 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120

B.S. in Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Concentration – Four-Year Academic Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HTH 2413 Introduction to Community and Public Health (core and major) 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics (core and major) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BIO 1404 Biosciences I (core and major) 4
HIS 1043
United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core)
or United States History: Civil War Era to Present
or Texas History
3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
BIO 1414 Biosciences II (core and major) 4
HIS 1043
United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core)
or United States History: Civil War Era to Present
or Texas History
3
HTH 3503 Theories of Health Behavior 3
POL 1133
Texas Politics and Society (core)
or Civil Rights in Texas and America
3
Creative Arts core 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
HTH 2623 Database Management in Community and Public Health 3
HTH 3663 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
SOC 3223 Population Dynamics and Demographic Techniques 3
Component Area Option core 3
Free elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
MGT 3013 Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management 3
PUB 4043 Global Health 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Foreign language (semester I) 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
HTH 4503 Human Disease and Epidemiology 3
HTH 4543 Environmental Health and Safety 3
PUB 4053 Health Care System 3
Free elective (upper-division) 3
Foreign language (semester II) 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Concentration course 3
Concentration course 3
Concentration course 3
Free elective (upper-division) 3
Free elective (upper-division) 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PUB 4933
Public Health Internship (repeated) 1
or Public Health Internship
6
Concentration course (upper-division) 3
Concentration course (upper-division) 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120

Master of Public Health: 4+1 Program for Public Health Majors

This is a collaborative program between The University of Texas at San Antonio and UTHealth Houston - School of Public Health.

Program Description

The 4+1 program provides a direct line for Health and Public Health students to enroll in and complete their master’s coursework over the course of five years, as opposed to the traditional four years of undergraduate work and two years of graduate work. The 4+1 degree between The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and UTHealth Houston - School of Public Health (UTHealth Houston SPH) allows undergraduate health and public health majors to streamline and advance their education efficiently.

The student will graduate with a baccalaureate degree in health or public health while earning a certificate in public health from UTHealth Houston SPH. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to complete a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program in one additional year instead of the customary two years. Upon graduation from UTSA, students can immediately transition to master’s status and continue on to complete the remaining degree requirements at UTHealth Houston SPH. Students who do not wish to continue with the master’s degree will graduate with a certificate in public health from UTHealth Houston SPH.

Graduates will be expected to acquire the education, skill-set and experience needed to enter the professional work force in any of the varied fields of public health, or be well prepared to continue with their education through doctoral studies or in professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

Requirements

Students in good standing in the Bachelor of Science in Health or the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.2 or higher and ideally have completed select degree foundation courses can apply for acceptance into the 4+1 program during their third full year of study. Students who are accepted into the 4+1 program will then complete selected online or in person graduate courses during their last year of study at the UTHealth San Antonio Regional Campus. This coursework will simultaneously satisfy remaining undergraduate requirements, as well as the core courses for the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. After satisfying the undergraduate degree requirements students will then apply for and finish the graduate program.

Minor in Community Health

All students pursuing the Minor in Community Health must complete the following 18 semester credit hours:

HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2623Database Management in Community and Public Health3
HTH 3503Theories of Health Behavior3
HTH 3513Community Health3
HTH 3663Program Planning and Evaluation3
HTH 4503Human Disease and Epidemiology3
Total Credit Hours18

Minor in Wellness

All students pursuing the Minor in Wellness must complete the following 18 semester credit hours:

HTH 3003Survey of Drugs and Health3
HTH 3013Survey of Human Nutrition3
HTH 3023Survey of Human Sexuality3
HTH 3553Emotional Wellness3
KIN 2123Fitness and Wellness Concepts3
One additional Health course selected from the following:3
Personal Health
Principles of Weight Management
Growth and Development
Consumer Health
Total Credit Hours18

To declare a Minor in Community Health or Wellness or to obtain advice, students should consult their academic advisor.

Health (HTH) Courses

HTH 2413. Introduction to Community and Public Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a survey of the profession of public health and the competencies required of health educators, including examination of philosophies, ethics and current trends. This course serves as a foundation for other courses in the health degree. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Course Fees: LRC1 $12; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 2513. Personal Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = PHED 1304)

Emphasizes the concept of mind, body, and spirit as necessary components of total well-being; principles of preventive health; and self-responsibility for personal health behaviors. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Course Fees: LRC1 $12; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 2601. Field-Based Skills in Community Health and Preventive Services. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: HTH 2413. This course introduces students to practices and skills that are commonly used in community health and preventive health services. These include health screening skills and skills for communicating and interpreting screening results. The course offers hands-on practice of these skills. Course Fees: KSM1 $10; LRHC $10; STHC $6.

HTH 2623. Database Management in Community and Public Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course will focus on practical issues in database management. Students will learn how to perform basic query and reporting operations, migrate data between various file formats, share data using cloud data management systems such as Dropbox, prepare data for statistical analysis, conduct statistical analyses common in community and public health, perform data quality control and assurance procedures and develop formal documents for reporting outcomes. Database management and statistical software such as SPSS, Microsoft Access and SQL will be used. (Formerly titled "Applied Technology for Research and Health Education.") Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3003. Survey of Drugs and Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Study of the use and abuse of drugs and other substances. Examines addiction, dependence, tolerance, motivation for use, and effects of substance abuse on health and society. Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3013. Survey of Human Nutrition. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

An overview approach to understanding the principles of nutrition and their effect on health and fitness. Emphasis on major nutritional issues throughout the human life cycle; self-evaluation of diet and fitness habits. Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3023. Survey of Human Sexuality. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A study examining the breadth of human sexuality, including psychosocial, cultural and physical aspects, and its impact on our lives. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3031. Peer Education in Health. (2-2) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Course offers the opportunity for students to participate in the Student Health Services Peer Educator Program. Students will have the opportunity to learn about health topics relevant to the college student population and implement outreach activities to educate and encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors among the UTSA student community. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 semester credit hours. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, or Summer. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $6.

HTH 3043. Principles of Weight Management. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

An in-depth study of the field of prevention and management of obesity. This course provides practical application of nutritional, psychological, and physical activity principles that help individuals manage their own weight and is suitable for students in health, kinesiology, psychology, biology, counseling, or others. A noncompetitive, monitored activity component is required. Generally offered: Spring. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3303. Physical Activity and Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: HTH 3503 and HTH 3663. The course provides a survey of the health-related effects and social-cultural and behavioral determinants of physical activity and exercise. Biological/physiological mechanisms for adaptations to physical activity are also addressed. Generally offered: Fall. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3503. Theories of Health Behavior. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Designed to provide an overview of health behavior theories, program planning models and multi-level interventions typically used in public health. Each level of the socio-ecological model will be discussed including individual, interpersonal, organization, community and policy. Directed field experience is required. (Formerly titled "Foundations of Health Theory.") Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3513. Community Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: HTH 2413 and HTH 3503. Study of community health problems and the function and organization of public, private, and voluntary health agencies, application of health theories and models and program planning methods. Directed field experience is required. Offered Fall Semester only. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3523. Worksite Health Promotion. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: HTH 2413 and HTH 3503. Organization, administration, and supervision of health programs in the community, school, business, or industry setting. Application of health theories, models and program planning methods is required. Directed field experience is required. Offered Spring Semester only. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3533. Drugs and Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of Core science requirements, anatomy and physiology, HTH 2413, HTH 3503, and HTH 3663. Study of the use and abuse of drugs and other substances. Examines addiction, dependence, tolerance, motivation for use, and effects of substance abuse on health and society. Application of theories and models for program development, implementation and evaluation. Health majors and minors only. Offered Spring Semester only. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3543. Growth and Development. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Physical, social, and psychological development throughout the lifespan. Implications for health professionals at all stages of development (prenatal to death) are addressed. Offered Spring Semester only. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3553. Emotional Wellness. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Practical application of techniques for shaping healthier emotional behavior; emphasis on personality, stress management, and fulfilling relationships. Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3563. Child and Adolescent Health Promotion. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Designed for students who are interested in promoting the health of youth, as well as those students pursuing academic training in education and community health. The primary goal of this course is to improve the health literacy of teachers and health promotion specialists through understanding and application of evidence-based child and adolescent health promotion concepts. Offered Fall Semester only. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 3663. Program Planning and Evaluation. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: HTH 2413 and HTH 3503. This course provides students with a basic understanding of planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in a variety of settings, including worksite, healthcare, and community and at a various levels (individual, organization, community, policy.) Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 4503. Human Disease and Epidemiology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

An in-depth look at the etiology, prevention, and treatment of chronic and contagious diseases afflicting humans and epidemiological methods. Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 4513. Consumer Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Study of the consumer’s selection of health products and services; health frauds, scams and quackery; and the acquisition of basic knowledge for making responsible decisions when selecting professional, complementary, or alternative health care services and products. Offered Fall Semester only. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 4523. Understanding Human Sexuality. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: HTH 2413, HTH 3503, and HTH 3663. An in-depth study of human sexuality, including psychosocial, cultural and physical aspects. Application of theories and models for program development, implementation and evaluation. Health majors and minors only. Directed field experience is required. Offered Spring Semester only. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 4533. Nutrition and Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of Core science and mathematics requirements, BIO 2053, BIO 2063, HTH 2413, HTH 3013, HTH 3503, and HTH 3663. An in-depth examination of the principles of nutrition and their effects on health and fitness. Emphasis on critical thinking and translation of nutritional knowledge to real-world settings. Includes self-evaluation of diet and fitness habits. Application of health theories and models for program development, implementation, and evaluation in nutritional context. Health majors and minors only. Generally offered: Fall. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 4543. Environmental Health and Safety. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Intensive coverage of the aspects of a human being’s health and safety in a changing environment. Considers applicable factors of ecology, including problems related to water, waste, pesticides, foods, radiation, population, and other aspects of the total ecosystem, as well as personal and occupational safety within these parameters. Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Course Fees: DL01 $75; LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 4911. Independent Study. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Course Fee: STHC $6.

HTH 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Generally offered: Spring. Course Fee: STHC $18.

HTH 4921. Capstone for Community Health and Preventive Services. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Corequisite: Must be completed the same semester as internship (HTH 4936). This course aids students in synthesizing their classroom and internship experiences to reinforce critical skills and key responsibilities for Health Educators. This course will provide students with an overview of resources, skills, and recommendations regarding their professional development. Students are required to take this course concurrent with HTH 4936. Course Fees: DL01 $25; LRHC $10; STHC $6.

HTH 4936. Internship in Health. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Student is required to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater, must be within 13 semester credit hours of graduation (including the 6 hours of internship), and attend the mandatory new candidate meeting the semester prior to completing the internship to register for this course. The opportunity for work experience in a private or public health-related agency. Opportunities are developed in consultation with the faculty advisor and on-site coordinator. Student must complete this course during the last semester before graduation. No more than 6 semester credit hours of internship will apply to a bachelor’s degree. (Credit cannot be earned for both HTH 4936 and KIN 4936.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. Course Fees: STFK $57; STHC $36.

HTH 4951. Special Studies in Health. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study in an area of health not available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $6.

HTH 4952. Special Studies in Health. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study in an area of health not available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $12.

HTH 4953. Special Studies in Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study in an area of health not available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

HTH 4993. Honors Thesis. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to candidates for honors in the Department of Health and Kinesiology during the last two semesters; consent of the Honors College. Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once for credit with advisor’s approval. Course Fee: STHC $18.

Public Health (PUB) Courses

PUB 1113. Introduction to Public Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Introduces students to the discipline of public health. It will cover a variety of disciplines to the basic tenets of public health. The course will provide a history of public health, an introduction to the five core disciplines (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Social and Behavioral Health, and Health Policy & Management). The course will also cover the role of public health in a global society. (Same as SOC 1043. Credit cannot be earned for both PUB 1113 and SOC 1043.) Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 2113. Data Management in Public Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Study of the skills required to design, organize and implement a data management system in public health applications. It will cover an introduction to data preparation for statistical analysis, development of organizational tools, methods of data acquisition, data collection form design, principles of database development, quality control of data, and data security. Application of Microsoft® Access and SAS® software packages in data management will be presented. (Same as SOC 3543. Credit cannot be earned for both PUB 2113 and SOC 3543.) Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 3413. Behavioral Epidemiology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Provides the student with basic knowledge about epidemiological applications in a behavioral area. It covers behavioral and social environmental issues related to disease etiology, premature morbidity and mortality patterns. Provides an overview of the epidemiology of specific health-related behaviors, the relationships between these behaviors and health outcomes, and available evidence for the effectiveness and appropriateness of various approaches to modification of these behaviors. (Same as SOC 4083. Credit cannot be earned for both PUB 3413 and SOC 4083.) Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 3613. Etiology 1: Epidemiologic Methods to Investigate Outbreaks and New Epidemics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Utilizes case discussion seminars to appraise the investigative methods and research designs for studying disease outbreaks and new epidemics. Historical and current cases will include examples of disease outbreaks (e.g., food borne illness, hospital infections), emergence of new diseases, or epidemics related to specific exposures (e.g., natural disasters). Each case will evaluate the background of the problem, the investigative methods employed, the results, and the interventions taken to resolve the problem. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 4043. Global Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Covers the field of global health, particularly the serious health problems facing developing world populations. The course begins with an introduction to the global burden of disease and then examines the complex social, economic, political, environmental, and biological factors that structure the origins, consequences and possible treatments of disease. Provides an introductory survey of the basic issues and initiatives in contemporary international public health, and develops student awareness of the socioeconomic and cultural complexity of health problems in developing nations. (Same as SOC 4043. Credit cannot be earned for both PUB 4043 and SOC 4043.) Generally offered: Fall. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 4053. Health Care System. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Covers the complexities of health care organization and finance and presents a general overview of how the U.S. health care systems work and how the major components within the system fit together. Covers basic structures and operations of the U.S. health system - from its historical origins and resources, to its individual services, cost, and quality. Compares and contrasts the U.S. health care system with other health care systems around the world. (Same as SOC 4053. Credit cannot be earned for both PUB 4053 and SOC 4053.) Generally offered: Fall. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 4613. Etiology 2: Epidemiologic Methods to Investigate Chronic Disease, Exposure, and Risk. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Utilizes case discussion seminars to appraise the investigative methods and research designs for studying chronic disease, disease exposure, and ascertainment of risk. Cases will include current examples of chronic diseases or conditions affecting population health (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity), methods for ascertaining outcomes (e.g., death certificates), and measures of risk association (e.g., standardized mortality ratios and relative risk). Each case will evaluate the background of the problem, the investigative methods employed, the results, and the public policy and practice implications from the research. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 4933. Public Health Internship. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Senior standing and completion of HTH 2413, HTH 2623, and HTH 3503. Provides the opportunity for work experience in a private or public health-related agency. Opportunities are developed in consultation with faculty advisor and on-site coordinator. Internship must be approved in advance by the Internship Coordinator and the student’s internship faculty advisor. Supervised full-or part-time off-campus work experience and training in health care management. A minimum of 150 hours of work experience is required. Individual conferences and written reports required. May be repeated for credit but not more than 6 hours of internship will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.

PUB 4936. Public Health Internship. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Senior standing and completion of HTH 2413, HTH 2623, and HTH 3503. Provides the opportunity for work experience in a private or public health-related agency. Opportunities are developed in consultation with faculty advisor and on-site coordinator. Internship must be approved in advance by the Internship Coordinator and the student’s internship faculty advisor. Supervised full-or part-time off-campus work experience and training in health care management. A minimum of 300 hours of work experience is required. Individual conferences and written reports required. Not more than 6 hours of internship will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $36.

PUB 4953. Special Studies in Public Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study in an area of health not available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Course Fees: LRHC $10; STHC $18.