Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2022-2023 catalog year. 

Those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2022-2023 academic year will follow the Degree Requirements outlined in your catalog of record.

Major Requirements

For the major, students must complete a minimum of 44-46 credits:

  • Seven (7) courses from the mandatory public health core
  • Four (4) courses from a public health concentration
  • Public Health Practicum (1 credit course)
  • Public Health Capstone project and presentation (1 credit course)

Required Core Courses (27-28 credits)

PUBH 10100INTRO TO PUBLIC HEALTH:UD4
SOCI 15500INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA4
EVST 10100INTRO TO SOCIO-ENV STUDIES:ES4
PUBH 20100EPIDEMIOLOGY&BIOSTATISTICS:MM4
PUBH 20200EPIDEMIOLOGY&HEALTHRESEARCH:SM4
BIOL 23800MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB4
COMM 25000COMMUN BETWEEN CULTURES:EW3-4
or COMM 35400 INTERCULTURAL HLTHCRE COMM:UD
Total Hours27-28

Concentrations (15-16 credits)

  • Biomedical
  • Environmental
  • Psychosocial

In recognition of the inter-disciplinary nature of public health, this program requires students to combine their core public health knowledge with a specialization in a related field. The public health concentration provides the student to develop specialized knowledge to better prepare themselves for their intended career. Students choose their concentration by taking a minimum of four courses (12-16 credits) from one of the concentrations. Students may not double count any classes for multiple public health requirements. Please meet with a member of the program faculty  to confirm course selection.

Biomedical Concentration
Choose four courses within the biomedical concentration:
BIMD 34000HEALTH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:ES4
BIMD 37500ISSUES IN WOMEN'S HEALTH:ES4
BIOL 15100INTRO BIOL I W/LAB: SM4
BIOL 27800ECOLOGY-W/LAB:SM4
BIOL 32100PARASITOLOGY4
CLAS 22000ANCIENT HEALTH/MEDICINE:CA4
IES 31100NUTRITION AND FITNESS3
INTD 38910GOING VIRAL:CA4
Environmental Concentration
Choose four courses within the environmental concentration:
EVST/SOCI 21500HUMAN SETTLEMENTS:CA4
EVST 24100PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY-W/LAB:SM4
EVST/PHIL 27000ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS:ES4
EVST/SOCI 30300ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY:CA4
EVST 31000INTRO TO GIS-W/LAB:MM4
EVST 32000GIS APPLICATIONS-W/LAB4
EVST 33800ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM &POLICY4
INTD 22800CLIMATE CHANGE4
Psychosocial Concentration
Choose four courses within the psychosocial concentration:
PSYC 10100GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 36700DRUG USE AND ABUSE3
SOCI 20100SOCIAL PROBLEMS:ES4
SOCI/EVST 21500HUMAN SETTLEMENTS:CA4
SOCI 22300SOCIAL INEQUALITY4
SOCI 26200THE FAMILY4
SOCI/EVST 30300ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY:CA4
SOCI 35900MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY:ES4
SOCI 38700FOOD:EATERS,EATING& THE ENV:CA4

Public Health Practicum (1 credit)

PUBH 49800 INTERNSHIP or PUBH 48100 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge out of the classroom. For the major, they must complete 120 hours of internship or guided research under the supervision of a professional involved in some aspect of public health (e.g., county office of public health, environmental health consultant, non-government organization involved in public health advocacy). 

Public Health Capstone Project and Presentation (1 credit)

PUBH 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR

The capstone is a student-driven practical experience. Projects can come from one of the following sources:

  1. your work during your public health practicum experience
  2. your work during a different public health internship
  3. your work from a self-designed community public health initiative, or
  4. your work from a self-designed public health question and analysis of data in the literature.

The project most involve a defined public health question, data collection and analysis, derivation of supported conclusions, and future steps. The presentation must cover the parts of the project listed above as well as a review of relevant literature.

Pathway

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
PUBH 10100 INTRO TO PUBLIC HEALTH:UD 4
BIOL 23800 MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, or Minor Course 4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
SOCI 15500 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA 4
 Hours4
Second Year
Fall 12 Week
PUBH 20100 EPIDEMIOLOGY&BIOSTATISTICS:MM 4
EVST 10100 INTRO TO SOCIO-ENV STUDIES:ES 4
COMM 35400 INTERCULTURAL HLTHCRE COMM:UD (or Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course) 1 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
COMM 25000 COMMUN BETWEEN CULTURES:EW (or Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course) 1 3
 Hours3
Spring 12 Week
PUBH 20200 EPIDEMIOLOGY&HEALTHRESEARCH:SM 4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Third Year
Fall 12 Week
UCS 30301 URGENT CHALLENGE SEMINAR:TT 4
Biomedical OR Environmental OR Psychosocial Concentration 3-4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 4
 Hours11-12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
Biomedical OR Environmental OR Psychosocial Concentration 4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Fourth Year
Fall 12 Week
PUBH 49800
INTERNSHIP
or INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
1
Biomedical OR Environmental OR Psychosocial Concentration 4
Biomedical OR Environmental OR Psychosocial Concentration 4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours12-13
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
PUBH 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR 1
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 4
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours8-9
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, 2nd Major, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
 Total Hours116-125
1

Students are required to take COMM 25000 or COMM 35400.