Public health major

Bluffton's public health program provides graduates with the skills to serve in this growing field. Like medicine, public health seeks to improve well-being, but with a focus on populations rather than individuals and an emphasis on preventing disease rather than reacting to it. Through careers as sanitarians, health educators, policy advocates, and epidemiologists, public health workers serve at every level from local to international in both the private and public sectors. 

Through its Anabaptist heritage, Bluffton has had strong connections to the ideals and practice of public health, as can be seen through early stances on the equality of people, reformation of mental health institutions in the United States, as well as through ongoing efforts to find alternatives to war and extensive work in sustainable agriculture. Bluffton's public health program will equip a new generation to continue such work. 

Students seeking a major rooted in the liberal arts will feel at home in the public health major. A set of core courses in the social and natural sciences are supplemented by the student's choice of a concentration in pre-epidemiology (natural sciences), public health advocacy (public policy and communication), or public health education (health and nutrition). With the flexibility to emphasize involvement in research or fieldwork, the public health program is designed to prepare students for graduate education or immediate entry into the field upon graduation. 

Public Health Major

(54 hours)
Core Courses                                                  
PHL 110    Introduction to Public Health (3)
PHL 310    Global Health (3)
PHL 320    Epidemiology (3)   
PHL 410    Field Placement (2)
PHL 411    Social Sciences Capstone (3)
ECN 141    Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
REL 274    Christian Ethics (3)
PSY 110    Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC 152    Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC/SWK 185 Women In Society (3)
        or  SOC 225  Race and Ethnicity (3)
SOC/PSY 258 Social Psychology (3) 
        or  SOC 162   Anthropology  (3)
PSY/BUS 284 General Statistics (3)
        or MAT 340    Probability and Statistics (3)
PSY/SOC/SWK 360 Basics of Social Research (3)
CEM 121    Inorganic Chemistry (5)
BIO 230     Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
BIO 231     Anatomy & Physiology II  (4)
NTR 225    Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)

In addition, one area of concentration must be completed:
Pre-Epidemiology  (20 hours)
Public Health Advocate (15 hours)
Public Health Educator  (15 hours)


Public Health Minor

(21-22 hours)
Required Courses:  (12 semester hours)
PHL 110    Introduction to Public Health (3)
PHL 310    Global Health (3)
PHL 320    Epidemiology (3)
PSY/BUS 284 General Statistics (3)
       or MAT 340   Probability & Statistics (3) 

Choose three of the following courses: (9-10 semester hours)

July 2015