• Public Health

    Public Health Major
    The goal of the 42-credit Public Health Major is to prepare health practitioners in the public health disciplines of wellness, health promotion and holistic disease prevention; as well as in community health services through cooperative, multi-disciplinary experiences. Coursework focuses on developing knowledge of various determinants affecting health from global to local perspectives in health needs.

    Major Required Courses: 27 Credits

    • HC 201 Introduction to Public Health (3 Credits)
    • HC 202 Introduction to Global Health (DAC) (3 Credits)
    • HC 203 Introduction to Epidemiology (QLAC) (NSP) (3 Credits)
    • HC 228 Health Ethics or PH 131 Med. Ethics (3 Credits)
    • HE 390 Environmental Health (3 Credits)
    • HC 415 Community Health Planning and Promotion (3 Credits)
    • HC 425 Research Seminar (CAP/WAC) (3 Credits)
    • HC 450 Practicum (CAP/WAC) (3 Credits)
    • HC 455 Practicum Seminar (3 Credits)

    Electives (Between Major and Interdisciplinary Options): 15 Credits
    Major Electives: 3-6 Credits (1 or 2 courses)

    • HE 120 Health and Nutrition (3 Credits)
    • HC 220 Health Policy (3 Credits)
    • HC 234 Multiculturalism and Health (3 Credits)
    • HC 350 Group Process (3 Credits)
    • HE 350 Community Health Education (GP, ICW, DAC) (3 Credits)
    • HC 403 Department Workshop in Community Health (3 Credits)
    • HE 450 Independent Study (3 Credits)

    Interdisciplinary Electives: 9-13 Credits (3-4 courses)
    See Health Sciences Department for list of approved courses.

    Required Ancillary Courses (19-20 Credits):

    • BI 161 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 Credits)
    • BI 162 Anatomy & Physiology II (NSP Lab) (4 Credits)
    • BI 206 Medical Microbiology (NSP Lab) (4 Credits)
    • CH 112 Survey of Chemistry (4 Credits)
    • PS 275 Psychological Statistics (QR or QLAC) (4 Credits)
      or MA 150 (MA/QR) (3 Credits)

    Public Health Minor: 21 credits
    The minor is designed to develop an in-depth understanding of the core areas and competencies of the public health discipline by introducing students to various determinants affecting health from global, national, community, and local perspectives.


    • HC 201 Introduction to Public Health 3 credits
    • HC 202 Introduction to Global Health (DAC) 3 credits
    • HC 203 Introduction to Epidemiology (NSP, QLAC) 3 credits
    • HC 415 Community Health Planning and Promotion 3 credits

      Electives: from Interdisciplinary and health courses 9 credits

    Note: concentration in Health cannot be taken with a major in the Health discipline. Interdisciplinary Concentration in Public Health and Social Justice: 15 credits
    The Concentration is designed to develop an educated citizenry who will examine the determinants of health from global, national, community and local perspectives.


    • HC 201 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
    • HC 202 Introduction to Global Health (DAC) (3 credits)
    • HC 203 Introduction to Epidemiology (QLAC/NSP) (3 credits)

      Electives: 6 credits from approved interdisciplinary list.

    Public Health - Pre-Nursing Program
    The Public Health - Pre-Nursing Program is a dual-degree based on a formal affiliation agreement that admits a limited number of students into an articulated program that
    begins with 83 credits at WSU in the Public Health/Pre-Nursing program and ends with the accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University ("MCPHS University") Worcester or Manchester, NH campus. At the completion of the appropriate 37 credits (of the 63 required) at MCPHS University, the student transfers those credits back to WSU, and earns a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. The student then completes the additional number of appropriate credits (26) at MCPHS University to earn the B.S. in Nursing. Students should see the advisor in the Health Sciences department assigned to the program. Please see entrance requirements in this catalog.

    The Bachelor of Science in Public Health requires the following 83 credits at WSU followed by the 63 credits in Nursing which will be taken at the MCPHS University campus in either Worcester or Manchester, NH.

    WSU Dual Degree Entrance Requirements

    High School GPA 3.0 and SAT CR and MA total of 1000 (or ACT 21). Students for whom English is not their first language must also submit a TOEFL with a score of 213 or higher or a minimum of 9 on the iBT.

    WSU Curriculum Requirements

    • Complete 83 required credits at WSU with a minimum GPA of 2.5 during either 4 semesters and 2 summer sessions or 5 semesters.
    • No grade below a C (2.0) in Public Health major courses or required ancillary courses - BI 161, BI 162, BI 206, CH 112, PS 210 and either PS 275 or MA 150.
    • Courses may not be re-taken.
    • Transfer ancillary courses require prior written approval of MCPHS University.
    • LASC courses may receive grades lower than C or be taken pass/fail.

    An Intent to Transfer/Enroll at MCPHS University form must be submitted by May 1 for fall enrollment and by September 1 for spring enrollment and
    must include an official WSU transcript.

    Admission to the accelerated BSN program is also contingent upon a satisfactory pre-admission interview conducted by MCPHS University at the campus to which a student intends to transfer and is subject to availability of openings in the program.

    The MCPHS University Worcester /Manchester Admissions Committee retains the right to make the final decision on each student's transfer application.

    The B.S. in Public Health at WSU is earned upon the successful completion of 37 credits at MCPHS University. The WSU Registrar requires an official transcript.