• Public Health

    Public Health Major
    The goal of the Health Sciences Department's public health program 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 competency in assessing individual/community health needs, and planning, implementing, and evaluating community health programs through academic work and fieldwork.

    Major Requirements: 32 Credits
    • HC 201 Introduction to Public Health 3 Credits
    • HC 202 Introduction to Global Health (DAC) 3 Credits
    • HC 203 Introduction to Epidemiology (QLAC) (NS) 3 Credits
    • HC 228 Health Ethics 3 Credits
    • HE 390 Environmental Health 3 Credits
    • HC 415 Community Health Planning and Promotion 3 Credits
    • HC 425 Research Seminar 3 Credits
    • HC 450 Practicum (CAP) 9 courses + HC 415 3 Credits
    • HC 455 Practicum Seminar 3 Credits
    Public Health Minor

    The minor is designed to develop a more 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.

    Minor Requirements: 21 credits

    • HC 201 Introduction to Public Health 3 credits
    • HC 202 Introduction to Global Health (DAC) 3 credits
    • HC 203 Introduction to Epidemiology (QLAC) 3 credits
    • HC 415 Community Health Planning and Promotion 3 credits
    • Electives: from Interdisciplinary and Health courses 9 credits

    Electives (Total: 5 courses between Major and Interdisciplinary Options)

    Major Electives: 3-6 Credits (1 or 2 courses) 15 Credits

    • 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 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 (17-20 Credits):
    • BI 161 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits
    • BI 162 Anatomy & Physiology II (NSP) 4 Credits
    • BI 206 Medical Microbiology (NSP) 4 Credits
    • CH 112 Survey of Chemistry 4 Credits
    • PH 275 Psychological Statistics 4 Credits or MA 150 (MA/QR) 3 Credits

    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 3 credits
    • HC 203 Introduction to Epidemiology 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 Science in Nursing program on the MCPHS University's Worcester or Manchester, N.H., campus. At the end of the appropriate 40 credits (of the 63 required) at MCPHS, 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 (23) at MCPHS to earn the B.S. in Nursing. Students should see the advisor in the Health Sciences Department assigned to the program.

    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--either at the Worcester or Manchester, N.H., campus.

    WSU/MCPHS University Public Health - Pre-Nursing Program Requirements
    A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required and a minimum grade of "C" in major courses and in BI 161, BI 162, BI 206, CH 112, PS 210 and either PS 275 or MA 150. Ancillary major courses cannot be taken Pass/Fail. Transfer courses require prior written approval of MCPHS.

    An application form for the Intent to Transfer/Enroll at MCPHS 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 at the campus to which the student intends to transfer and is subject to availability of openings in the program.

    Students for whom English is not their first language must also submit a TOEFL score, which must be at least 213 (or a minimum of 9 on the IBT).

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