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The Public Health major is designed for students interested in disease prevention and treatment, health of the general population, and data-driven approaches to solving public health issues. In this major, we see you preparing to work in a variety of settings such as government agencies, hospitals and clinics, business, and educational settings that emphasize health. The major also prepares students for advanced training in health careers, including medicine, nursing, epidemiology, health policy and management. 

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) 

A Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) is an individual who is credentialed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) after passing a competency-based credentialing examination. Students majoring in Public Health are eligible to take the credentialing examination to become a Certified Health Education Specialists after completing coursework to meet the required academic preparation qualifications set by NCHEC.  Once certified, each individual will need to maintain certification by obtaining 75 continuing education credits every five years. For more information about the exam and eligibility requirements, please visit the Certified Health Education Specialist website. 

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Course Requirements for the Public Health Major

Health Sciences Core (required of all Health Sciences majors):

BUA 211 Introduction to Health Care Systems 3 credits
EXS 200 Exercise Physiology I 4 credits
OR EXS 101 Physical Conditioning for Exercise and Sports 3 credits
*HLT 101 Introduction to the Health Professions 1 credit
HLT 104 Nutrition for Healthy Living 3 credits
OR NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition 3 credits
*HLT 201 Health Professions II 1 credit
*HLT 301 Health Professions III 1 credit
HLT 302 Health Sciences Capstone 3 credits
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits                                          
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
PSY 210 Lifespan Development 3 credits
*HLT 202 Health Professions Seminar (3 credits) substitutes for HLT 101, HLT 201, and HLT 301 for SAGE students.

Additional Required Public Health Courses:

BIO 129 Outbreak Investigations: Case Studies in Epidemiology 3 credits   
EXS 201 Research Methods in Health Science 3 credits
HLT 102 Introduction to Public Health 3 credits
HLT 103 Introduction to Global Health 3 credits
HLT 105 Foundations of Environmental Health 3 credits
HLT 203 Program Planning and Evaluation 3 credits
HLT 207 Health Equity 3 credits
HLT 205 Applied Health Promotion 3 credits
PSC 210 American Public Policy 3 credits
SWK 300 Community Organizing 3 credits
SKW 313 DEI and Social Justice 3 credits

Required and elective courses must reach 120 credits to complete a degree

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