Bachelor of Science - Public Health

About the Program

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Why Pursue a Career in Public Health?

Public health jobs offer competitive salaries and provide chances to improve lives and help communities overcome obstacles. Some public health professionals embrace opportunities to travel and aid communities abroad, while others choose to stay closer to home, working alongside local governments and community-based organizations to extend lifespans and improve the quality of life for residents.

What Skills Will I Gain in a Public Health Program?

As a graduate of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences, you will develop skills in interpersonal communication, public speaking, writing, problem-solving, and analytical thinking.  These skills will be developed through a combination of coursework and hands-on experiences including internships, service learning, and capstone projects.  

Where Do Public Health Professionals Work? 

A Bachelor of Science degree In Public Health instills the foundational skills required to take on challenging roles in exciting fields that include health education, environmental health and global health. Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including public health departments, non-profit health organizations, worksite wellness programs, college and university human resource and wellness programs, community-based health agencies, and primary health care sites such as hospitals and clinics.

How Can I Learn More About Earning a Degree in Public Health?

To learn more about earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health at the University of Montana in Missoula, visit our website at http://health.umt.edu/publichealth/.

We would love to hear from you. For more information, contact:

Director of Undergraduate Advising
Luke Alford luke.alford@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-4211

Chair and Professor
Tony Ward tony.ward@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-4092

Are you a student at Salish Kootenai College interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health?

Students graduating from the Salish Kootenai College’s Health Promotion Practices AA degree program can enroll in our BS in Public Health degree program as an upper-division student (junior standing) to further study behavioral health promotion and public and community health/prevention sciences.  Please contact Alana Bahe (alana_bahe@skc.edu) at SKC or Blakely Brown (blakely.brown@umontana.edu) at UM for additional information.

Core Curriculum

The School of Public and Community Health Sciences (SCPHS) offers a 120-credit Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Public Health with concentrations in General Public Health, Community Health and Prevention Sciences, and Global Health.  The following are the plans of study:

Required Core Courses (students must take all seven courses below)

  1. PUBH 101:           Introduction to Public Health (3 cr)
  2. PUBH 225:           Public Health Policy (3 cr)
  3. PUBH 325:           Environmental and Occupational Health (3 cr)
  4. CHTH 355:           Theory and Practice of Community Health Education (3 cr)
  5. CHTH 440:           Principles of Epidemiology (3 cr)
  6. PUBH 475E:         Issues in Medical and Public Health Ethics (3 cr)
  7. PUBH 498 or 499:  Internship or Senior Capstone (3 cr)  

Total core credits:   21

Concentrations

With a BS in Public Health (generalist concentration), graduates can work in fields related to epidemiology, biostatistics, policy development, environmental health, and public health law and ethics. 

 

Required Courses (students take 15 credits of the classes listed below, with at least 3 credits in each of the following sub-groups, representing Global Health, and Community Health and Prevention Sciences, respectively: (1) PUBH 155, CHTH 414; (2) CHTH 445, HTH 430, CHTH 485, PUBH 380. 

 

  1. PUBH 155: Reimagining Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives (3 cr)
  2. HIT 101: Introduction to Healthcare Informatics (3 cr)
  3. BIOH 112 or 113: Human Form and Function I or 11 (3 cr)
  4. CHTH 414: Health and Culture: A Global Perspective (3 cr)
  5. CHTH 445: Program Planning in Community Health (4 cr)
  6. HTH 430: Health and Mind/Body/Spirit (3 cr)
  7. PUBH 380: Public Health Nutrition
  8. CHTH 485: Theories of Health Behaviors and Counseling (3 cr)
  9. PUBH 345: Health Care Systems and Organizations (3 cr)
  10. HTH 370: Peer Health Education  (1 cr)
  11. HTH 395: Peer Health Practicum (1 cr)

Total required course credits:  15

General Public Health Elective Courses (students can take 24 credits of the electives listed below)

PUBH 155: Reimagin Global Hlth: Biosocial Persp (3 cr)

ENST 225S: Sustainable Communities (3 cr)

KIN 201: Basic Exercise Prescription (3 cr)

             

ECNS 310: Intro Health Economics (3 cr)

PUBH 380: Public Health Nutrition (3 cr)

PHAR 320: American Indian Health Issues (3 cr)

PHIL 321E: Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics (3 cr)

HTH 370: Peer Health Education (1 cr)

HTH 395: Peer Health Practicum (1 cr)

CHTH 445:  Program Planning in Community Health (3 cr)

HTH 430:  Health and Mind/Body/Spirit (3 cr)

PUBH 345: Health Care Systems and Organizations (3 cr)

HIT 101: Introduction to Healthcare Informatics (3 cr)

BIOH 112 or 113: Human Form and Function I or 11 (3 cr)

HTH 370: Peer Health Education (1 cr)

HTH 395: Peer Health Practicum (1 cr)

COMX 425: Communication in Health Org (3 cr) 

IDS 497-2: Comm for Social and Behavl Change (3 cr)

PSCI 431: Politics of Global Migration (3 cr)

PSCI 463: Development Administration (3 cr)

SOCI 355: Population and Society (3 cr)

CHTH 414: Health and Culture: A Global Perspective (3 cr)

CHTH 485:  Theories of Health Behavior and Counseling (3 cr)

SW 423: Addiction Studies (3 cr)

NPAD 467: Adv Nonprofit Administration (3 cr)

AHHS 430: Health Aspects of Aging (3 cr)

GPHY 468/469: Community & Regional Analy (3 cr)

IDS 497-1: Monitoring and Evaluation (3 cr)

Total required elective credits chosen from above recommended classes:          24

Students within the Community Health and Prevention Concentration will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including non-profit health organizations, public health departments, worksite wellness programs, college and university human resource and wellness programs, and community-based health agencies. 

Required Concentration-Specific Courses

  1. HTH 370: Peer Health Education (1 cr)
  2. HTH 395: Peer Health Practicum (2 cr)
  3. PUBH 380: Public Health Nutrition (3 cr)
  4. CHTH 445: Program Planning in Community Health (4 cr)
  5. CHTH 485: Theories of Health Behavior and Counseling (3 cr)

Total required course credits:  13

Community Health and Prevention Sciences Elective Courses (students take 25 credits of the electives listed below)

 

HTH 110: Personal Health and Wellness (3 cr)

HIT 101: Intro to Healthcare Informatics (3 cr)

PUBH 155: Reimagining Global Hlth: Biosocial Perspective (3 cr)

BIOH 112: Human Form and Function I (3 cr)

BIOH 113:  Human Form and Function II (3 cr)

PUBH 230: Population Health Biology  (3 cr)

HIT 265: Electronic Health Records (3 cr)

ENST 225: Sustainable Communities (3 cr)

KIN 201: Basic Exercise Prescription (3 cr)

BIOM 227: Vectors and Parasites (3 cr)

PSCI 227: Global Health Issues (3 cr)

BIOM 250N: Microbio for Health Sciences (3 cr)

HTH 395: Peer Health Practicum (1 cr) 

BIOB 106: Principles of Living Systems (3 cr)

STAT 216: Intro to Statistics (3 cr)

SOC 202; Social Statistics (3 cr)

PSYX 250N: Fund of Biological Psych (3 cr)

NUTR 221N: Basic Human Nutrition (3 cr)

KIN 205: Foundations of HHP (3 cr)

KIN 105/106: Foundations of Exercise Sci (3 cr)

PUBH 345: Health Care Systems and Organiz (3 cr)

PUBH 365: Pop Health Evidence-Based Practices (3 cr)

PUBH 345: Healthcare Systems and Organizations (3 cr)

SW 455: Social Gerontology (3 cr)

COMX 425: Communication in Health Organ (3 cr) 

NPAD 466: Nonprofit Adm. & Public Service (3 cr)

NPAD 467: Adv. Nonprofit Adm. (3 cr)

SW 423: Addiction Studies (3 cr)     

HTH 430: Health and Mind/Body/Spirit (3 cr)

PUBH 410: Pop Hlth Planning and Managt (3 cr)

IDS 497: Monitoring and Evaluation

AHHS 430: Health Aspects of Aging (3 cr)

CHTH 414: Hlth and Cultur: A Global Perspec (3 cr)

COMX 220S: Intro to Org Comm (3 cr)

Comm 421: Communica in Nonprofit Org (3 cr)

COMX 485: Interaction and Wellbeing (3 cr)

SW 300: Human Behav & Soc Environ (3 cr)

NASX 304E: Native American Belief/Philos (3 cr)

NASX 306X: Contem Global Issues Indig People (3 cr)

Total required elective credits chosen from above recommended classes:        25

 

Global public health concentration students will be provided with the tools needed to work internationally, specifically in public health issues related to developing countries.

Required Concentration-Specific Courses

  1. PUBH 155: Reimagining Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives (3 cr)
  2. ANTY 220: Culture and Society (3 cr)
  3. CHTH 414: Health and Culture: A Global Perspective (3 cr)
  4. IDS 497-1: Monitoring and Evaluation (3 cr)
  5. IDS 497-2: Social and Behavioral Change Communication (3 cr)

Total required course credits:   15

Global Health Elective Courses (students take 24 credits of the electives listed below)

CHTH 485: Theories of Health Behavior and Counseling (3 cr)

ENST 225S: Sustainable Communities (3 cr)   

KIN 201 Basic Exercise Prescription (3 cr)

PUBH 380: Public Health Nutrition (3 cr)       

 

COMX 425: Communication in Health Organ (3 cr) 

ECNS 310: Intro Health Economics (3 cr)

SOCI 355: Population and Society (3 cr)

SOCI 350: The Community (3 cr)

SOCI 346: Rural Sociology (3 cr)

PCSI 365: Public Policy Issues and Analysis   (3 cr) 

PHIL 321E: Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics (3 cr)        

NPAD 466: Nonprofit Adm. & Public Service (3 cr)

NPAD 467: Adv Nonprofit Administration (3 cr)           

GPHY 468/469: Community & Regional Analysis (3 cr)

PSCI 431: Politics of Global Migration (3 cr)

PHAR 320: American Indian Health Issues (3 cr)

PSCI 463: Development Administration (3 cr)

AHHS 430: Health Aspects of Aging (3 cr)      

SW 423: Addiction Studies (3 cr)

CHTH 445: Program Plan in Community Health (3 cr)

Total required elective credits chosen from above recommended classes:          24