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Dean - Sabine O'Hara

BS in Health Education, Public Health Option

Mission

The Public Health/Health Education mission aligns with the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Science (CAUSES) mission, which is “research-based academic and community outreach programs that improved the quality of life and economic opportunity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation, and the world.

Our Vision

It is the vision of the Public Health/Health Education unit to become a world leader in terms of quality, research-based academic and community outreach programs that measurably improve the quality of life and economic prosperity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation and the world.”

Aspiration

It is the aspiration of the Public Health/Health Education unit to prepare our graduates exceptionally well to succeed in their chosen field of study so that they stand out by having distinctive attributes and competencies. The students will study, develop and learn to be able to exhibit the following outcomes listed in the curriculum of study.

Goals

  1. Students should have an introduction to the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.
     
  2. Students should have an introduction to the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
     
  3. Students should have an introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
     
  4. Student will demonstrate professional ethics and responsible conducts.
     
  5. Students should have an introduction to the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
     
  6. Students should have an introduction to the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation.

Program Requirements

Public Health/Health Education Program

The Public Health/Health Education mission aligns with the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Science (CAUSES) mission, to offer research-based academic and community outreach programs that improved the quality of life and economic opportunity of residents in the District of Columbia and beyond. The Health Education Program builds a culture of health as it prepares competent entry-level public health practitioners to meet the public health-related needs of the diverse citizenry of the District of Columbia and of society at large. The program prepares the students with a strong theoretical foundation that develops the necessary skills, knowledge, and competences needed to become an effective public health/health education professional. Students have opportunities to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge through cumulative and experiential activities. All students complete a cumulative, integrative and scholarly project that serves as a capstone to the education experience. The program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours with the final 30 credits hours must be in residence at the University.

Demand for Public Health/Health Education Professionals.

Never has there been a higher demand for Public Health/Health Education professionals. Whether you’re looking for a career in the health profession in the private or public sector, an undergraduate degree in public health/health education will multiply your career opportunities. Greater emphasis is being placed on Health promotion and disease prevention as a means to reduce the cost of care by improving the health of our populations. There is a critical shortage of baccalaureate level and post Bachelor of Science degrees trained to fill new prevention programs, advance technology, and replace individuals retiring. It is also concluded in reports by the Institute of Medicine that U.S. Public Health workers need additional trained public health/health education professionals to meet the challenges posed by globalization, medical advances, aging and increasingly diverse population. As the result of our effective curriculum, practicum, outstanding internship program, and capstone project's, our students find jobs with little or no trouble or go on to succeed in graduate schools.

Practicum

A required practicum is an indispensable part of the Public/Health/Health Education curriculum consisting of three academic credit hours representing 100 hours of field-based work and a monthly in-class component. The goal of the Public Health/Health Education practicum is to provide students with the chance to apply public health academic theory and acquire skills from their concentration to community-based research and service in a practice setting. The practicum links directly to the Public/Health/Health Education core competencies and each student’s concentration competencies. The experience provides the student with a chance to perform the following competences and more:

  1. Exhibit effective written and oral skills for communicating with different supervisors in the context of professional public health activities.
  2. Demonstrate research-based principles and the scientific knowledge base to critical evaluation and decision-making in public health/health education in the community.
  3. Endorse high standards of personal and organizational integrity, consideration, candor and admiration for all people.
  4. Work collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies (e.g. researchers, practitioners, agencies and organizations) to advance public health/health education goals.

Practicum supervisor represents a critical component of the practicum experience. Effective supervisors are those who possess the following qualifications:

  • Wide-ranging experience in public health/health education.
  • Occupied in work that fulfills the requirements of the practicum.
  • Knowledgeable as an experienced supervisor.
  • Ability to spend the necessary time with the student and provide periodic advice and feed-back to the students through formal and informal evaluations, regularly scheduled meetings and other means as described in the practicum plan.

Internships

The program requirement of an internship helps students grow personally in the context of their career and personal goals. The internship involves students working in a professional setting under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. It helps students develop the work experience, skills, knowledge, and tools of the public health/health education profession. The internships will introduce students to potential future work environments, and will help the student to decide whether the health profession meets their career wishes and interests. Students make contact with potential future employers. Students complete their internships in federal, state or local government agencies as well as private industry dealing with public health/health education. Employers and graduate schools look for well-rounded students who participate in community service activities.

Community Events

The public health/health education program focuses on community services as a key component of the program. The public health/health education students are the committed and enthusiastic students who volunteer to conduct various health fairs, which are educational and interactive events designed to provide basic preventive medicine and medical screening for members of the University community and the community at large. The purpose of a health fair is to educate the members of a community on health services and health issues. The public health/health program sponsors various fairs by partnering with potential employers, community organizations, educational and government agencies. A health fair is also an event where students have an opportunity to disseminate health information to the public at booths. The test results are instant, and the results are held confidential! Come join us to improve the health of our population.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education, public health option, requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, the final 30 of which must be in residence at the University. Completion of all interdisciplinary general education requirements identified on the program of study and completion of all courses identified on the program of study with a minimum grade of "C" in all major courses, "C" grade in ancillary science courses, and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all major courses.

New students (Freshman Level or Transfer) admitted to the University who indicate an interest in Health Education, the public health option should report to the Health Education Program for advisement.

Continuing students who are Health Education- public health majors are to see their advisors prior to the early registration period each semester for academic counseling. Students should make appointments with their faculty advisor for academic counseling at least once per semester to facilitate optimal progression through the program. This counseling should be completed prior to the regular registration periods.

Course Descriptions

FIRST YEAR – FALL SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse Name Credits
IGED 110Foundations of Writing I Gen Ed 3
IGED 120Quantitative Reasoning I Gen Ed 3
HLTH104Intro to History/Philosophy of Health Phys. 3
IGED 260Discovery Science and Environmental Consciousness Lec /Lab
(Substitute for Biological Science I Lec) Gen Ed
 4
HLTHSkills Elective Tennis I, Tennis II or Golf, or Weight Training or Weight Conditioning 1
 Total 14
FIRST YEAR – SPRING SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse Name Credits
IGED111Foundations of Writing II Gen Ed 3
IGED120Quantitative Reasoning II Gen Ed 3
BIOL111Anatomy & Physiology I Lec 3
BIOL113Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
HLTH105Personal & Community Health 3
IGED130Foundation of Oral Communications Gen Ed 3
 Total 16
SECOND YEAR – FALL SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse Name Credits
IGED210Discovery Expository Writing in the Arts and Sciences Gen Ed 3
*SPANForeign Language Elective I * Spanish recommend for Public Hlth Option 3
BIOL 112Anatomy & Physiology II Lec 3
BIOL 114Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
HLTH214Survey of Public Health 3
PSYC 201Principle of Psychology or Psychology of Adjustment 3
 Total 16
SECOND YEAR – SPRING SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse Name Credits
IGED270Diversity Discovery Gen Ed 3
FDSC104Introduction to Nutrition Lec 3
FDSC106Introduction to Nutrition Lab 1
HLTH204Prevention First Aid EMS 3
*SPANForeign Language Elective I * Spanish recommend for Public Hlth Option 3
IGED140Foundation Ethics & Values Gen Ed 3
 Total 16
THIRD YEAR – FALL SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse Name Credits
IGED250Discovery Technology (previous Computer Appl/lab) Gen Ed 3
BIOL241General Microbiology Lec 3
BIOL240General Microbiology Lab 1
HLTH314Public Health Planning 3
HLTH324Org/Adm of School & Community Health Programs 3
HLTHSkills Elective Tennis I/II or Golf, Weight Training or Conditioning 1
 Total 14
THIRD YEAR – SPRING SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse Name Credits
ENSC450Environmental Health Lec 3
ENSC451Environmental Health Lab 1
HLTH424Sex Education 3
HLTH390Health Education Practicum 3
IGED 280Discovery Civics/Service/Teamwork Gen Ed 3
 Business Elective 3
 Total 16
FOURTH YEAR – FALL SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse Name Credits
HLTH405Health/Safety in Community Populations 3
HLTH426Drug Use and Abuse 3
HLTH465Measurement and Evaluation 3
HLTH494Senior Project (writing in the major) 3
IGED391/392Frontier Exploration & Inquiry Capstone Gen Ed 3
 Total 15
FOURTH YEAR – SPRING SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse Name Credits
HLTH404Mental Health 3
HLTH406Consumer Health 3
HLTH417Internship 4
HLTH493Seminar: Health Issues 3
    
 Total 13
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