Bachelor of Science in Public Health


Edward Waters University’s Public Health Degree Program will provide students with a firm foundation to work on the forefront of emerging health and social issues.  Students will be educated on how the ten essential environmental health services align with the three core functions of public health (assessment, policy development, and assurance). With this foundation in public health, students will learn how to promote for the welfare of the entire population, protect the population from the spread of infectious disease and environmental hazards, and help to ensure access to safe and quality care to benefit the population.

EWU’s Public Health program offers classes in public health strategies, epidemiology, planning and evaluation of health programs, human diseases, environmental health, substance abuse and violence prevention and professional preparation in public health. The public health courses will develop a student’s ability to predict threats to the general population and enhance those transferable skills that are needed to understand and work on a wide range of issues in a variety of industries and fields, including issues they see in the news every day, from COVID-19 to health care policy, firearm safety, and racism.

Academic Resources

High School Graduates (First Time in College) Application Requirements

  • Completed admissions application
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official College transcripts where dual enrolled classes were attempted
  • Official ACT and or SAT scores

Edward Waters University ACT code: 0724
Edward Waters University SAT code: 5182

High School Transcript

  • Admission consideration is given to applicants with standard high school diplomas from an accredited high school.
  • Submit an official copy of your high school transcript showing work through the completion of your junior year.
  • Transcripts are considered official when received directly from the issuing institution electronically or in a sealed envelope with the school’s seal and/or official signature. Your enrollment for the application term and year is based upon review of your final high school transcript with graduation date listed.

Minimum Requirements

  • GPA: High school applicants who have earned at least a 5 cumulative grade point average and have taken the ACT or SAT with a composite score of at least 14 (ACT) or 800 (SAT) are considered for regular admissions to the college.
  • High school applicants who have earned at least a 0 – 2.49 cumulative grade point average and have under 14 (ACT) or 800 (SAT) are considered for Provisional admissions for the Charles H. Pearce Institute (Summer term). Scores reported on high school transcripts can be used to evaluate applicant admissibility. 

High School Curriculum
Admission consideration is given to applicants who have earned a standard high school diploma and completed a minimum of the following:

English – 4 years or units
Mathematics – 3 years or units, including Algebra and higher.
Social Science – 3 years or units
Natural Science – 3 years or units

Foreign Language – 2 years or units Optional (If a student has not taken two years of a sequential language, they are still admissible to the college, but they will be required to take 6 credit hours of a foreign language.) 

Advance Standing Credit
You can earn a maximum of 30 combined credit hours in advanced standing credits.

Advanced Placement (AP): Course credit for applicable courses is awarded for earning a score of “3” or better on the Advanced Placement examination. It is possible to receive advanced course placement without earning course credit.

International Baccalaureate (IB): Course credit for applicable courses is awarded for earning a score of “5” or above on the International Baccalaureate examination. It is possible to receive advanced course placement without earning course credit.

Transfer students who wish to enter into the public health major, must have earned at least 30 credits, have an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and a math and science GPA of 2.5 or higher in science major courses in order to qualify for admission. Additionally, students must have successfully completed chemistry and biology courses appropriate to their class standing upon transferring. Students who transfer with less than 30 credits must meet the admission standards listed above.

Students that do not meet admission standards can apply as a conditional student to the program. Conditional students need to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all first year courses and meet with an academic advisor two times during the semester.

Careers for Public Health Majors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021), there will be a 13 percent increase in jobs for healthcare occupations between 2021 and 2031. This increase is expected to result in about 2 million new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 1.9 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.  The median annual wage for public health officials varies from each state, but varies from $75,000 to $151,000 in 2023.  

FIRST YEAR – FRESHMAN

FALL

SLS 1103             Introduction to College (G).  ………………………………………….    3 Credits 

ENC 1101          English Composition I (G)..…………………………………………….    3 Credit

BSC 2010           General Biology I (G)…………………. ………………………………..   3 Credits

BSC 2010L      General Biology I Lab (G) ………………………………………………………………..   1 Credit

MAC 1105      College Algebra (G) …………………………………………………………….  3 Credits

HSC 3032     Foundations of Public Health   …………………………………………………..  3 Credits

                                                                                                                            TOTAL = 16 Credits

SPRING

ENC 1102      English Composition II (G)  ….………………………………………   3 Credits

EWC 200        Applied Academic Writing (G) ….……………………………….    1 Credit

PSY 2012        Introduction to Psychology………..……………………………………………    3 Credits

STA 2023          Elementary Statistics………………………………………………    3 Credit

HSC 3304       Public Health Strategies………………………………….   3 Credits

REL 2200        Intro to Biblical Studies(G).……..………………………………………….   3 Credits

                                                                                                                           TOTAL = 16 Credits

 

SECOND YEAR – SOPHOMORE

FALL

BSC 2093C     Human A & P-I w/Lab (M)……..………………………………….   4 Credits

MCB 3020      Microbiology……………………………………………………….    3 Credits

MCB 3020L     Microbiology Lab…………………………………………………..    1 Credits

CHM 2045       General Chemistry I (C).……………………………………………    3 Credits

CHM 2045L    General Chemistry I Lab (C)……………………….…………………   1 Credit

HSC 3500       Epidemiology………………………………………………..…………   3 Credits

HSC 3713       Planning and Evaluation of Health Programs………………………….   3 Credits 

                                                                                                                              TOTAL = 18 Credits

SPRING

BSC 2094C      Human A & P-II w/Lab (M)   …………..………………………………………  4 Credits

HLP 1002C    Personal & Community Health……………………………………………………   3 Credits

AMH 2091    African American History (G) ……………………………………………………   3 Credits

HSC 4730       Public Health Research…………………………………………………….……..   3 Credit 

PHI 1600       Introduction to Ethics (G)…………………………………………………………  3 Credits

                                                                                                                              TOTAL = 16 Credits

THIRD YEAR – JUNIOR

FALL

HSC 3555     Human Diseases…………………………………….…………………………  3 Credits  

HSA 4111      U.S. Healthcare System……………………………..…….…………………..   3 Credits

HSC 4210     Environmental Health…………………………………………………………..   3 Credits

PHC 4468  Health Disparities and Data Analysis……………………………………………   3 Credits

ESC 1000    Earth Science (G) ……………………………………………………………..    3 Credits   

                                                                                                                                TOTAL = 15 Credits

SPRING

SPC 2608       Public Speaking (G) …………………………………………………………..   3 Credits

HSC 4133    Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion ………………………………..   3 Credits

HSC 4134     Mental and Emotional Health Promotion…………………..…….……….   3 Credit

HSC 4150    Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention………………….………………..  3 Credits

Elective        Free Elective    ……………………………………………………………………  3 Credits   

                                                                                                                                                                     

             TOTAL = 15 Credits

 

FOURTH YEAR – SENIOR

FALL

SPN 1120        Elementary Spanish I………………..…………………………….………….  3 Credits

HSC 4238       Promoting Physical Activity & Healthy Eating……………..……….………..  3 Credits

HSC 4736      Introduction to Clinical Trials……………………………………………………… 3 Credits

HSC 4800       Professional Preparation in Public Health ……………..……………………….  3 Credits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                         TOTAL = 12 Credits  

             

SPRING

HSC 4814     Public Health Practical Experience…………………………………………………… 6 Credits

SPN 1121    Elementary Spanish II………………………………………………………………. 3 Credits

SPA 4320    PROBABILITIES AND STATISTICS  …………………………………………… 3 Credits

Elective        Free Elective                              ………………………………………………………  3 Credits

** INDICATES SUBSTITUTION FOR GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               TOTAL = 12 Credits
Bachelor of Public Health TOTAL = 123 CREDITS
                                                         = 129 CREDITS (Spanish not taken in High School)  

Media Projects Spotlight

Check out two of the recent media projects produced by our faculty and recent graduates. 

ONE BINGE 

ONE BINGE (https://youtu.be/ZiHASnNgkt0) is a story about a young woman whose choice to binge drink leads to unfortunate consequences.  Dan Henrich (Director and Cinematographer); Alvenia Derban (Scriptwriting and Casting); and Christine Henrich (Executive Producer). On November 30, 2018, ONE BINGE was selected to be part of the African Smartphone International Film Festival. In 2019, ONE BINGE was also selected to be part of the Lift-Off Sessions film festival.

THE JOURNEY OF US

A Documentary of Slave Narratives

Edward Waters College alumnae, Markeishya Freeman (EWC Mass Communications graduate, Spring 2017; M.F.A. in Film Production) in collaboration with Alvenia Derban (Communications Department Instructor) produced the documentary.  The Journey of Us (https://youtu.be/kpf8MEOlVY8) was filmed on Saturday, January 26, 2019, and featured faculty, current students and EWC Alumni on film reading excerpts from Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember an oral history edited by James Mellon. The aspiration was to expose an audience to the experiences of America’s ancestors and artisans of our nation and the inspirations of our historically Black Colleges and Universities. The intention was to keep the words of our ancestors alive.

After successful completion of this program, more than 70% of the students will be able to successfully:

  1. Use clear and concise communication to convey relevant public health information so that decision makers can formulate informed decisions.
  2. Utilize technology (such as computers, accounting software, information databases) to facilitate and enhance public health and epidemiological reporting processes.
  3. Identify the appropriate environmental and disaster preparedness issues critical to analyzing public health and other information used for identifying and assessing opportunities and risks, developing organizational plans, allocating resources, and accomplishing objectives.
  4. Employ national, international, and historical perspectives to analyze public health issues Identifying ethical issues associated with public health situations and apply appropriate principles of ethics and civic responsibility.
  5. Use analytical and research tools to monitor evolving public health standards and practices and to maintain professional skills in a changing public health environment.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Public Health is designed to offer professional education to qualified students who seek careers in the field of public health. The program emphasizes the learning of the concepts and practices of public health along with the development of analytical skills in areas of the 10 essential public health services, health educator, health communications specialist, environmental health specialist, infectious disease specialist, statistics of public health, data analyst, disaster preparedness coordinator and future fields yet unknown.

  1. Educate innovative and effective public health researchers, educators and practitioners.
  2. Acquire broad fundamental principles in public health.
  3. Advance knowledge in the public health sciences through research and discovery.
  4. Participate in development and implementation of public health programs and policies.
  5. Demonstrate the oral and written report skills needed to present public health findings in court and legal matters.
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