The undergraduate program in Public Health is designed for students interested in public health education and/or other health professions. The program offers two concentrations: 1) health education and health promotion and 2) health professions. Students enrolled in the health education and health promotion concentration will prepare students for careers in community, medical care and work-site health promotion. The health professions concentration is appropriate for students interested in graduate study in physical therapy or medicine, as well as other allied health and public health professions.

In addition to the University core curriculum, the public health degree requires 51 hours of major coursework. Though students may choose from a variety of elective courses in addition to the the specific major courses, other courses (as approved by and selected in consultation with your program adviser) may also be considered to satisfy prerequisite courses for future undergraduate and/or graduate program pursuits. Total coursework required for the degree is 120 semester hours.

Students who complete the requirements for the health education and promotion concentration will be eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. Students in the health professions concentration who opt to take additional health education coursework could also qualify for eligibility to sit for the CHES examination. For specific information regarding certification as a health education specialist, please visit the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

The undergraduate program in public health is designed for students interested in public health education and/or other health professions. The program offers two concentrations: 1) health education and health promotion and 2) health professions. Students enrolled in the health education and health promotion concentration will prepare students for careers in community, medical care and work-site health promotion. The health professions concentration is appropriate for students interested in graduate study in physical therapy or medicine, as well as other allied health and public health professions. In addition to the University core curriculum, the Public Health degree requires 51 hours of major coursework. Total coursework required for the degree is 120 semester hours.

More InformationHours
Major Requirements
HHE 270Personal Health3
HHE 273Community And Public Health3
HHE 370Prin/Foundatn Health Promotion3
HHE 445Environmental Health3
HHE 446Health Disparities3
CHS 420Basic Epidemiology3
CSM 441 or Consumer Communications3
CSM 445 Applied Digital Tools
CSM 447Advanced Digital Tools3
Select one of the following:3
Elem Statistical Methods
Educational Statistics
Statistical Data Analysis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 27
Concentration
Select one of the following:12-24
Health Education and Health Promotion concentration
Health Professions concentration
Total Hours39-51

Concentrations

In addition to the public health major requirements, students should select either the health education and health promotion concentration or the health professions concentration.

Health Education and Health Promotion Concentration

The requirements for the Health Education and Health Promotion concentration are listed below.

Hours
HHE 378Drug Awareness Education3
HHE 440Understanding Stress Mgt3
HHE 467Design Eval Health Promo3
HHE 468Pract Appl Health Comm & Promo3
HHE 480Culminating Experience in Health Education and Promotion3
HD 475Human Sexuality Sex Education3
KIN 199Ecol Appr Hlth & Fitness3
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
Total Hours24

Health Professions Concentration

Health Professions Advising Office
200 Clark Hall; (205) 348-5970
prehealth.ua.edu
 

The Health Professions Concentration can be used by students who identify an interest in applying to allied health undergraduate and/or graduate programs (i.e., medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, nursing, etc.). Students should identify this interest early in order to complete the program requirements for the respective allied health program. Submission of applications to such programs is entirely the responsibility of the student. The Health Professions Advising Office in the College of Arts and Sciences is available to assist public health majors wishing to apply to allied health undergraduate and/or graduate programs.

The requirements for the Health Professions Concentration are listed below.

Hours
Required Courses
HHE 378Drug Awareness Education3
HHE 440Understanding Stress Mgt3
HD 475Human Sexuality Sex Education3
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Health Professions Support Courses
Select four courses in consultation with public health advisor:
Health related course3
Health related course3
Health related course3
Health related course3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Hours24

NOTE: Prerequisite courses for allied health undergraduate and/or graduate programs can also be used for the Health Professions Support Courses. Specific admissions requirements vary; therefore, students preparing to enter allied health programs should consult the catalogs of the schools of their interest early in their undergraduate enrollment in order to be informed of the exact requirements for entrance.

The undergraduate catalog is published at one-year intervals. Program advising sheets are updated much more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. Students should always obtain the most recent advising sheet available from their academic advisers.

Students enrolled in the health education and health promotion concentration will prepare students for careers in community, medical care and work-site health promotion. The health professions concentration is appropriate for students interested in graduate study in physical therapy or medicine, as well as other allied health and public health professions.

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