Public Health, B.S. (48 Credit Major)

The Bachelors of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program prepares students for the professional practice, service and advance training like graduate school. The program trains students in core methods, theories and concepts so that they may apply these to improve health access and equity. The program has a particular emphasis on the health needs of global communities, and through international collaborations at Lehman College, students may add a global experience to their training.

Students complete a core course series, program track courses, and an internship experience to apply their knowledge in a local or global setting. Also, students take a capstone seminar as a culminating learning experience for the program. 

The program is designed to prepare students for careers in public health such as: Peace Corps, city health agencies, nonprofit organizations, international organizations, and higher educational institutions. After completing the program, students will be able to develop, manage, and evaluate public health programs while working with communities in diverse settings. Additionally, the program provides foundational training to prepare students for graduate school including law school and masters and doctoral programs in public health.

The basic distribution of credits for this major appears in Table 1, followed by course lists.


Table 1: Distribution of credits for the Public Health major.
Component Credits
Core Courses  24
Specialization Courses: GISc or Global Health 18
Fieldwork and Capstone 6


Degree Requirements

24 credits in Required Core Courses

Credits
HEA 300Introduction to Public Health

3

Or

PHE 304Fundamentals of Global Health

3

 

HSD 269Fundamentals of Biostatistics for Health Professionals

3

HSD 306Epidemiology

3

HEA 267Human Behavior and Health

3

HSD 266The U.S. Health Care Delivery System

3

HEA 400Program Planning and Evaluation

3

PHE 302Social and Environmental Determinants of Health

3

PHE 303Approaches to Public Health Research

3

 

Students may take either HEA 300 or PHE 204

18 credits in Geographic Information Science (GIS) Specialization

12 Credits in Required Specialization Courses

Credits
GEP 204Basic Mapping: Applications and Analysis

3

GEP 205Principles of Geographic Information Science

3

GEH 320Population Geography

3

GEP 310Geography of Urban Health

3

6 credits in GIS Specialization Electives selected from the following:

Credits
GEH 240Urban Geography

3

GEH 232Medical Geography

3

GEP 321Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

GEP 330Spatial Statistics and Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography

3

GEP 360Geovisualization and Analytic Cartography

4

GEP 350Special Projects in Geographic Information Systems

4

GEH 490Honors in Geography

One semester, 2, 3, or 4 credits (may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits).

18 Credits in Global Health Specialization

12 Credits in Required Specialization Courses

Credits
PHE 305Community-based Participatory Research Methods

3

PHE 306Global Burden of Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease

3

PHE 307Emergency Preparedness at the Community Level

3

PHE 360Special Topics in Public Health

3

6 Credits in Global Health Specialization Electives selected from

Credits
HEA 302Women and Health

3

HEA 211Perspectives on AIDS

3

POL 343International and Regional Organizations

3

HEA 348Latino Health

3

PHE 340Global Nutrition and Disease

3

GEH 232Medical Geography

3

6 Credits in Required Fieldwork and Capstone for both Specializations

Credits
PHE 470Public Health Field Experience

3

PHE 472Public Health Capstone

3

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the B.S. in Public Health, an application must:

  1. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.