Department of Public Health
The Department of Public Health is home to all accredited public health degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels that prepare students for public health practice and research. Our graduates promote health in local and global settings as they work in government-sponsored public health agencies, non-profit organizations, university and corporate wellness programs, and population health programs in healthcare settings. The undergraduate program includes a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree and a joint degree that combines the BSPH with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health.
Students may only change their major to PUBH and be admitted into the PUBH program during the designated eligibility period, and only at the end of a full semester (fall or spring) through the 5th class day of the following term.
To change to PUBH, current Baylor students must meet the following criteria:
- Meet the minimum GPA requirement:
*Cumulative GPA of 2.75
Public Health (PUBH)
The intent of this class is to explore a variety of health issues pertinent to the following topics: stress, mental/emotional health, aging, death, human sexuality, chemical use, nutrition, exercise, chronic and degenerative diseases, and infectious diseases.
Professional Development consists of a variety of career exploration and development experiences designed to help you identify your career interest, prioritize and focus your job search efforts as well as develop your leadership, communication, and personal marketability. The course addresses many critical career topics including self assessment, career exploration, and resume development exercises, interview planning, and training.
The basic principles involved in purchasing health goods and health services are presented. Topics include advertising, health insurance, selecting health professionals, and the use of health care agencies.
Introduces students to historical and theoretical foundations of community, public, and population health, social determinants of health and programs designed to address public health issues. The course is designed to cover the seven competency areas of an entry-level health education specialist and the foundational dimensions of public health. Professional preparation including career opportunities, mock interviews, and resume and cover letter writing are also included.
PUBH 2330 or concurrent enrollment. History, philosophy, and ethics in the practice of health education. Development of skill in the seven areas of responsibility with emphasis on needs assessment, writing goals and objectives, and planning for effective health education programs in school and community settings.
This is an introductory course to public health for non-Public Health majors. The course will introduce students to the goals, principles, core functions, and essential services of public health. Students will learn about the social determinants of health and how they impact behavior-related health issues. The course will provide a general overview of the different public health eras and initiatives, with a focus on the disciplinary nature of the
A study of the fundamental, as well as relevant, current research and issues in nutrition in the United States and the world.
A course designed for the study of environmental health hazards such as air, water, solid wastes, noise pollution, radiation, pesticides, food additives, metallic menaces, substandard housing, urban environment, and population dynamics. The role of conservation and governmental agencies concerned with pollution control is included in the course.
Analysis of major mood-modifying substances, including alcohol and tobacco, and also use and misuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Many alternatives to chemical use and methods of effectively working with school-aged children will be addressed.
To introduce students to the topic of stress and its impact on their lives; further, to develop behavioral skills in which to deal healthfully with the impact of a technological society. The second half of the class will devote itself to topics and activities that relate to feelings of positive self-worth and psychosomatic wellness.
The purpose of this course is to provide students contextual insight into multilevel influences that shape current maternal and infant health outcomes. Students will improve their understanding of the historical basis for contemporary global and domestic approaches to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum practices, as well as public policy.
Survey of the function and interrelationship of body systems with emphasis on the homeostasis of these systems.
An introductory epidemiology course for students interested in public health. Topics will include historical foundations, study designs, and organizing and analyzing epidemiologic data.
Focuses on issues specific to men's overall health and wellness, concepts of multiple masculinities, men's body image and the portrayal of men in media. This course is available to men and women.
A health education course in which basic concepts of human sexuality are analyzed and discussed. The course is designed to help students better understand the influences that affect the complex nature of human interaction and to provide accurate information needed to help develop responsible decision making skills.
Planned experiences in various community agencies including both public and voluntary health organizations.
A course of death education designed to help students develop constructive attitudes, values, and practices. This experience will nurture an appreciation of the connection between life and death.
Overviews global health issues and the role of health education and public health worldwide.
Overviews cross-cultural communication concepts/strategies used in health education to assess health needs and communicate health information. Designed for field-based international or local culture-specific settings.
Basic principles of pathophysiology and mechanism of diseases affecting the human body, including basic principles of epidemiology with emphasis on the causation and effects of disease on human populations.
Designed to provide students with planned experiences with professionals in various health, allied health and/or community health settings including public, private, and health agencies.