Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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The Bachelor of Science in Public Health is designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to become a public health practitioner in a rapidly growing field.

Public Health is about creating healthier communities, improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, reducing environmental hazards, curbing violence, controlling substance abuse, limiting injuries, and reducing the impact of natural disasters. Public Health majors will develop an understanding of health inequities in our society and the need for social justice. Students will learn theories of health behavior, prepare policy briefs, design and evaluate health promotion programs, conduct environmental audits in the field, develop social marketing campaigns, and learn to assess public health issues through a systems lens.

For more information, contact Dr. Sarah Mount at smount2@ewu.edu or 509.359.4308.

Curriculum & RequirementsSuggested Schedule

Why Study Public Health at Eastern?

We're committed to academic excellence and student success.


Hands-On Learning

You'll work on real projects that impact our community.

Build on Prior Learning

Our curriculum is sequenced so that you build on the knowledge and skills you already have.

Develop Social Media Skills

You'll develop social media skills to help promote public health.

Quasi-Cohort Model

You'll work with a small group of peers, growing and learning together as a cohesive team.

Build Community Engagement

Your volunteer work and service learning in the program will build community engagement and enhance your learning.

Careers in Public Health

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health go on to work in a variety of settings.


Health Promotion

Health Education

Biostatistics

Social Marketer

Program Evaluator

Curriculum & Requirements

Public Health, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Public Health majors are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people. Placement will be in a variety of settings including public health and non-profit health agencies, worksite wellness programs, colleges and universities and government agencies. The majors are prepared to sit for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (CHES) examination and for graduate programs in public health, health promotion and community health education.

Major Declaration Requirements
Before declaring Public Health, BIOL 232 and BIOL 233 must be completed, each with a grade ≥C.
Recommended–complete the Diversity and Global Studies UGR (university graduation requirements)
Diversity–choose one of these recommended courses: CMST 314, CMST 340, ECON 424.
Global Studies–choose one of these recommended courses: BIOL 320, CMST 440, HUMN 440, POLI 203, PSYC 474, SOCI 263.
Degree Requirements
must meet with major advisor once each quarter
select supporting courses in consultation with departmental advisor
failure to comply with the above standards will prohibit Professional Internship eligibility

Grade Requirements

  • minimum grade ≥C is required for all upper- and lower-division required courses in Public Health;
  • minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.50 is required for all university coursework.
Required Core Courses
HLED 256MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY2
HLED 370INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH4
HLED 372APPLIED NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL FITNESS3
HLED 374INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY3
HLED 380HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE4
HLED 381MIND-BODY HEALTH3
HLED 382HEALTH DISPARITIES4
HLED 383ENVIRONMENTS FOR HEALTH4
HLED 440HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT4
HLED 450HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION4
HLED 475HUMAN SEXUALITY3
HLED 482GRANT WRITING FOR NON-PROFITS3
HLED 488SERVICE LEARNING IN PUBLIC HEALTH12
PHED 350PHYSIOLOGICAL KINESIOLOGY4
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 234HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
CMST 201PUBLIC SPEAKING5
CSBS 320STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES5
DESN 360PUBLICATION DESIGN4
or DESN 216 DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS
Choose three courses (8–15 credits) or complete a recommended Minor (15–34 credits)8-34
SURVEY OF ALCOHOL/DRUG PROBLEMS
SUICIDE PREVENTION
MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN AGING
SEX, SEXUALITY AND COMMUNICATION
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMPUTER AIDED DATA ANALYSIS
HEALTH ECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GIS SOFTWARE DESIGN
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES
THE GEOGRAPHY OF CHILDHOOD
ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR
TRIBAL GOVERNANCE
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR
SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
WOMEN IN PRISON
Recommended Minor List–15-34 Credits
Addiction Counseling and Prevention Minor
Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Communication Studies Minor
Health Services Management Minor
Psychology Minor
Race and Culture Studies Minor
Urban and Regional Planning Minor
Required Senior Capstone
HLED 490SENIOR CAPSTONE IN PUBLIC HEALTH4
Total Credits88-114

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BS in Public Health from EWU should be able to do the following:​

  • apply knowledge and skills to an internship experience which in turn will provide practical experience in the field;
  • appreciate the role of community collaborations in promoting population health;
  • assess the values and perspectives of diverse individuals, communities, and cultures and their influence on health behaviors, choices, and practices;
  • conduct needs assessments, design and implement health promotion programs, and carry out program evaluations;
  • demonstrate cultural competence by implementing strategies for culturally diverse priority populations;
  • engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches for improving population health;
  • identify various funding streams for public health;
  • understand how to conduct a literature search on a health issue using a variety of academic and public resources and be able to assess the quality of health information and data;
  • understand major local, national, and global health challenges;
  • understand theories of health behavior and how to effectively facilitate change.