2022-2023 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog

Public Health Major (Online) (B.S.)

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This online-only version of the bachelor of science in public health is offered through the Office of Professional Studies in cooperation with the School of Public Health’s Department of Public Health. This online-only version is not available to undergraduate day students.

In an age of rapid changes in knowledge and technologies, public health professionals require a broad education that emphasizes problem-solving skills, critical thinking, interdisciplinary teamwork, and strong communication skills. Our cutting edge curriculum and stellar faculty prepare you for a career in service to humanity. The bachelor of science (B.S.) in public health degree program will train students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research and prepare students for a future in health. The degree will explore both quantitative and qualitative aspects of public health at all levels of analysis. Graduates will advance, through employment or further education, to become the new generation of public health professionals prepared to face the emerging challenges to human health from a population perspective.

The public health major will provide students a broad and rigorous sequence of courses in public health, including the role and importance of data management and analysis, the skills to identify and address population health concerns, the ability to implement a health project, health communication skills, and an understanding of the health system and how it impacts health. For graduates with this bachelor’s degree who wish to enter the job market directly, there is a plethora of opportunities in private and public organizations for entry-level personnel in public health. These include statewide and regional health care agencies (Jefferson County Health Department, Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Alabama Department of Public Health), community clinics focusing on preventive health, water and air quality management districts, biomedical companies, health-education institutions, and non-governmental organizations. The plan of study is designed to allow students flexibility to complete the prerequisite courses for any health-related post baccalaureate professional program (e.g., medicine, law, dentistry, physician assistance, environmental management).

General Education - Distribution Areas: 36 or 60 Credits*

General Education - Distribution Areas (click here ): 36 Credits


Transfer Credit with AA or AS degree: 60 Credits*

Public Health Major: 55 Credits

General Electives: 25 or 1 Credits

General Electives (directed by advisor): 25 Credits


If Transfer Credit with AA or AS degree awarded: 1 Credit

Total Required Credits: 128

*Students who have earned a transferable two-year degree from a state institution may apply 60 hours of credit toward the 128-hour requirement for the award of a bachelor’s degree. This transferable degree will satisfy all General Education requirements.

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