Health Sciences/Public Health Education and Promotion, Combined B.S./M.S. Program

This program allows advanced students to complete a B.S. in health sciences with a public health emphasis and an M.S. in public health education and promotion in five years.

Admission Requirements: In addition to meeting the university's undergraduate admission requirements, undergraduate students with a major in health sciences with a public health emphasis must have the following prerequisites to apply:

  • Students may apply at any time to the combined program, but they are strongly advised to do so upon entry to the university or in their freshman year.
  • Prior to being admitted, applicants must submit a letter of intent to the chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance with contact information and indicating an interest in both the program and a career in public health education/promotion.
  • Students in the program must maintain an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Students falling below an overall 3.0 GPA will be placed on departmental academic probation the following semester during which time they must raise their GPA to ≥ 3.0. Students with a GPA that remains below 3.0 at the conclusion of a probationary semester will be dismissed from the combined program and placed in the traditional four-year health sciences health promotion track.
  • To remain in the program, HPR 202, HPR 215, HPR 240, HPR 330, HPR 410, and HPR 430 must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Students in good standing will take graduate public health education and promotion courses during their senior year. These students are automatically admitted to the M.S. program at the end of their senior year, typically after completing a total of 120 undergraduate and graduate credits while maintaining the required GPA. The GRE and interview are waived. Students complete 36 graduate credits in their fourth and fifth years of study to complete the M.S. in public health education and promotion. Please see the university’s Graduate Catalog for details on the M.S. in public health education and promotion program as well as graduate academic policies and course descriptions.

Graduate Student Status: Upon satisfactory completion of HPR 501, HPR 502, HPR 520, and HPR 540, and the awarding of the B.S. degree in health sciences, the student attains full admission to the M.S. program and is subject to all graduate student policies and procedures.

Combined-Degree Requirements — Health Sciences/Public Health Education and Promotion

This degree requires a total of 154 credits.

Liberal Arts Core and University Requirements

See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core for details. Health sciences (public health) majors will satisfy the three-course university Writing Intensive (WI) requirement in the following way. All majors must take HPR 301 Health/Fitness Program Management, HPR 330 Designing Public Health Programs, and HPR 430 Public Health Capstone.

B.S./M.S. Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Some courses satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements (*).

BIO 151General Biology I *

3

BIO 151LGeneral Biology I Lab *

1

BIO 152General Biology II *

3

BIO 152LGeneral Biology II Lab

1

BIO 161Anatomy and Physiology I *

3

BIO 161LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

BIO 162Anatomy and Physiology II *

3

BIO 162LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

COMM 101Public Speaking

3

HIM 115Medical Terminology

3

LA 250Legal Aspects of Health Care

3

HPR 201Introduction to Health and Exercise Science

3

HPR 202Exercise Physiology

3

HPR 215Introduction to Public Health

3

HPR 225Health Psychology *

3

HPR 230Community Health

3

HPR 240Principles of Epidemiology *

3

HPR 301Health/Fitness Program Management *

3

HPR 308Global Health and Culture *

3

HPR 330Designing Public Health Programs *

3

HPR 340Nutrition for Optimal Health

3

HPR 406Stress Management *

3

HPR 410Anatomical Kinesiology

3

HPR 430Public Health Capstone *

3

One (1) health and human performance activity elective

 

HPR 500Exercise Physiology

3

OR

HPR 534Topics in Nutrition and Weight Management

3

 

HPR 501Foundations of Health Education and Health Promotion

3

HPR 502Introduction to Public Health and Preventive Medicine

3

HPR 520Principles of Epidemiology

3

HPR 540Designing and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs

3

HPR 555Health Communication

3

IPE 715Critical Assessment and Research Methods I for Evidence-Based Health Care Practice

3

 

HPR 598Internship

3

OR

HPR 599Research Project

3

 

Six (6) credits in 500-level health and human performance electives

6

Six (6) credits of electives at the 500-level from HPR listings or outside of the department

6

Sample Combined-Degree Plan — Health Sciences/Public Health Education and Promotion

Please note that this is a sample plan; all students must consult with an advisor in making course selections.

Year One — Fall

BIO 151General Biology I *

3

BIO 151LGeneral Biology I Lab *

1

HPR 201Introduction to Health and Exercise Science

3

EN 101Composition I *

3

DSC 201New Student Seminar *

1

 

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

OR

PSY 101General Psychology *

3

 

BIO 151: NS core course

BIO 151L: GP and DSINQ course

EN 101: WR core course

PSY 110 or PSY 101: SS-1 core course

Year One — Spring

BIO 152General Biology II *

3

BIO 152LGeneral Biology II Lab

1

EN 102Composition II *

3

HPR 215Introduction to Public Health

3

TRS 100Theological Inquiry *

3

Mathematics (MT) core course - MA 132 recommended *

EN 102: WR core course

TRS 100: TRS-1 core course

Year Two — Fall

BIO 161Anatomy and Physiology I *

3

BIO 161LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

HPR 225Health Psychology *

3

PH 100Introduction to Philosophy *

3

COMM 101Public Speaking

3

Introductory Social Science (SS-1) core course *

3

BIO 161: NS core course

PH 100: PH-1 core course

Year Two — Spring

BIO 162Anatomy and Physiology II *

3

BIO 162LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

HPR 202Exercise Physiology

3

HPR 230Community Health

3

HIM 115Medical Terminology

3

HI Introductory History (HI-1) core course *

3

 

Year Three — Fall

HPR 301Health/Fitness Program Management *

3

HPR 308Global Health and Culture *

3

LA 250Legal Aspects of Health Care

3

HPR 240Principles of Epidemiology *

3

EN Introductory Literature (LT-1) core course *

3

HPR 301: WI course

HPR 308: GP course

Year Three — Spring

HPR 330Designing Public Health Programs *

3

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

Advanced Theology/Religious Studies (TRS-2) or Theological Ethics (TRS-E) core course - TRS-2 recommended *

One (1) health and human performance activity elective

One (1) elective - HPR 335 Current Topics in Public Health recommended

HPR 330: WI course

Year Four — Fall

HPR 340Nutrition for Optimal Health

3

HPR 410Anatomical Kinesiology

3

HPR 501Foundations of Health Education and Health Promotion

3

HPR 502Introduction to Public Health and Preventive Medicine

3

Advanced Philosophy (PH-2) or Philosophical Ethics (PH-E) core course - PH 311 (PH-E) recommended *

Year Four — Spring

HPR 406Stress Management *

3

HPR 430Public Health Capstone *

3

HPR 520Principles of Epidemiology

3

HPR 540Designing and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs

3

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

HPR 406: SS-2 core course

HPR 430: WI course

Year Four — Summer

Two (2) Health and Human Performance or other graduate electives

6

Year Five — Fall

Two (2) Health and Human Performance or other graduate electives

6

HPR 555Health Communication

3

Year Five — Spring

HPR 500Exercise Physiology

3

OR

HPR 534Topics in Nutrition and Weight Management

3

 

IPE 715Critical Assessment and Research Methods I for Evidence-Based Health Care Practice

3

 

HPR 598Internship

3

OR

HPR 599Research Project

3