Public Health

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Health & Exercise Science
Anderson Athletic Recreation Center (AARC) 206, (651) 962-5970
Manske (Chair), Bruininks, Hedman-Robertson, Korak, Mead, Mellick, Sage, Scibora

Department Website: https://www.stthomas.edu/hes/

Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. The course of study in the major reflects a broad exploration of public health issues, methods, and strategies. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.

Public health is a field that offers an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. Whether you are more interested in crunching numbers, conducting research, or working with people, there is a place for you in the field of public health.  Those interested in working for a non-profit organization can find jobs in health advocacy, policy, or research for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Red Cross, or a local non-profit that focuses on specific health issues.  Careers are also available at local, county, state and federal health agencies, as well as health care providers.

Public Health Major (B.S.)

Major Courses:

  • PUBH 200: Emerging Infectious Disease and Global Health or PUBH 210 One Health: Humans, Animals and the Environment (4 credit)
  • PUBH 220: Intro to Public Health and Social Justice (4 credits)
  • PUBH 225: Global Heath and Development (4 credits)
  • PUBH 300: Intro to Epidemiology (4 credits)
  • PUBH 330: Health Policy or PUBH 340: Health Education: Program Planning and Evaluation (4 credits)
  • PUBH 350: Environment, Health and Justice (4 credits)
  • PUBH 450: Senior Seminar: Public Health for the Common Good (4 credits)
  • PUBH 465: Public Health Research Methods or PUBH 470: Experiential Learning in Public Health (4 credits)

Allied Courses:

  • STAT 220: Statistics (4 credits)
  • PSYC 111: General Psychology (4 credits)

Four credits from the following – Biological Basis of Health and Disease:

  • BIOL 105: Human Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 106: Women, Medicine, and Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 207: Genetics, Ecology and Evolution (4 credits)

Four credits from the following – Communication for Health Promotion:

  • COJO 100: Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • COJO 105: Communication in the Workplace (4 credits)

Four credits from the following - Environment and Health:

  • ENVR 151: Environmental Challenges (4 credits)
  • ENVR 212: Society and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • BIOL 209: Biology of Sustainability (4 credits)

Four credits from the following – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health:

  • JPST 250: Intro. to Justice and Peace Studies (4 credits)
  • GEOG 350: Geography of Global Health (4 credits)
  • BIOL 161: Medical Geology or GEOL 361: Medical Geology (4 credits)

Four credits from the following – Social Science and Health:

  • SOCI 100: Intro. to Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 110: Social Problems (4 credits)
  • SOCI 251: Race and Ethnicity (4 credits)  

Recommended Courses:

  • HLTH 275: Lifelong Stress Management (2 credits)
  • PSYC 121: Social Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 200: Psychology of Infancy & Childhood (4 credits)
  • PSYC 203: Psychology of Adolescence (4 credits)
  • PSYC 204: Psychology of Adulthood & Aging (4 credits)
  • PSYC 205: Psychology of Women (4 credits)

Additional Core Curriculum Requirements not met by Major or Allied Courses:

  • Literature and Writing (8 credits)
  • Moral and Philosophical Reasoning (8 credits)
  • Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (4 credits)
  • Faith and the Catholic Tradition (12 credits)
  • Historical Studies (4 credits)
  • Fine Arts course of choice (4 credits)
  • Language and Culture (12 credits)
  • Human Diversity (contact advisor)

For more information on which courses satisfy the core curriculum requirements, see the course catalogue, here.

Public Health Minor 

Required:

  • PUBH 220: Intro to Public Health and Social Justice (4 credits)
  • PUBH 225: Global Health and Development
  • PUBH 300: Intro to Epidemiology (4 credits)
  • STAT 220: Statistics (4 credits)

Plus one from:

  • PUBH 200: Emerging Infecious Disease and Global Health (4 credits)
  • PUBH 210: One Health: Humans, Animals and the Environment (4 credits)
  • PUBH 330: Heath Policy (4 credits)
  • PUBH 340: Human EducationL Program Planning and Evaluation (4 credits)
  • PUBH 350: Environment, Health and Justice (4 credits)
Course Number Title Credits
PUBH  200 Emerging Disease & Glob Health 4
PUBH  210 One Health 4
PUBH  220 Intro to Pub Hlth & Soc Just 4
PUBH  225 Global Health & Development 4
PUBH  300 Intro to Epidemiology 4
PUBH  330 Public Health Policy 4
PUBH  340 Hlth Ed: Program, Plan & Eval 4
PUBH  350 Environment, Health & Justice 4
PUBH  450 Senior Seminar: PUBH 4
PUBH  465 Public Health Research Methods 4
PUBH  470 Experiential Learning in PUBH 4
PUBH  495 Individual Study/Research 2 OR 4