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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

B.S. in Public Health - Health Promotion and Behavioral Science

Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Public Health is offered with an interdisciplinary curriculum designed for students who are interested in gaining knowledge and developing skills needed in a variety of health care related areas, including biostatistics, environmental science, health and public administration, epidemiology, and health behavior. The degree requirements consist of the University Core Curriculum, major core requirements, elective courses in areas of specializations, a foreign language, and an internship. The major core is multidisciplinary introducing students to the fundamental subjects and the essential knowledge necessary for working in any field related to public health. The elective courses allow students to concentrate in one of the areas of specialization.


The degree program prepares students for health care related careers in government, private, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, graduates of this program will be competent in pursuing graduate studies in a variety of academic fields, including public health, allied health, public policy, nutrition, business, and law. It can also provide students with a pathway to advanced studies in medicine or dentistry, if the students use the electives to fulfill the additional admission requirements for medical and dental schools.




Program Options

The degree program is offered in two concentrations: (1) Epidemiology and Disease Control and (2) Health Promotion and Behavioral Science. The Epidemiology and Disease Control concentration is offered by the Department of Sociology of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) and the Health Promotion and Behavioral Science concentration is offered by the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition of the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD). Bachelor of Science in Public Health majors will be advised by the Life and Health Sciences Advising Center.


The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.

A. Public Health Foundation courses
All candidates for this degree must complete the following 38 semester credit hours of coursework:
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
HTH 3503Theories of Health Behavior3
HTH 4503Human Disease and Epidemiology3
HTH 4543Environmental Health and Safety3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management3
PUB 1113Introduction to Public Health3
PUB 2113Data Management in Public Health3
SOC 3223Population Dynamics and Demographic Techniques3
SOC 4043Global Health3
SOC 4053Health Care System3
STA 1053Basic Statistics3
B. Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Concentration
All candidates for the degree in Public Health with a Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Concentration must complete the following 18 semester credit hours of coursework:18

HTH 3663

Program Planning and Evaluation

Select at least 15 semester credit hours from the following list of courses:

ANT 3523

Medical Anthropology

BIO 2003

Biology of Human Reproduction

BIO 2043

Nutrition

BIO 4813

Brain and Behavior

HTH 3043

Principles of Weight Management

HTH 3513

Community Health

HTH 3523

Worksite Health Promotion

HTH 3533

Drugs and Health

HTH 3543

Growth and Development

HTH 3553

Emotional Wellness

HTH 3563

Child and Adolescent Health Promotion

HTH 4513

Consumer Health

HTH 4523

Understanding Human Sexuality

HTH 4533

Nutrition and Health

KIN 2123

Fitness and Wellness Concepts

KIN 4023

Exercise Psychology

PSY 4253

Psychology of Health

SOC 2023

Social Context of Drug Use

SOC 3213

Medical Sociology
C. Advanced Public Health Requirement
All candidates for this degree must complete 6 hours of an internship in public health.
PUB 4933Public Health Internship (repeated once)6
D. Foreign Language
All candidates for this degree must complete 6 hours of coursework in a single foreign language.6
E. Free electives
All candidates for this degree must complete up to 19 hours of free electives to meet the 120 hour minimum for the degree, including a sufficient number of electives at the upper-division level to meet the UTSA minimum of 39 upper-division hours.19





Career Opportunities

The degree program prepares students for health care related careers in government, private, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, graduates of this program will be competent in pursuing graduate studies in a variety of academic fields, including public health, allied health, public policy, nutrition, business, and law. It can also provide students with a pathway to advanced studies in medicine or dentistry if the students use the electives to fulfill the additional admission requirements for medical and dental schools.

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Admission Requirements



All applicants must meet UTSA admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended (previous college experience). In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:


Students must meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements.

For assistance with individual concentrations, please consult with department/college for that concentration.  The Epidemiology and Disease Control concentration is offered by the Department of Sociology of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) and the Health Promotion and Behavioral Science concentration is offered by the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition of the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD).  Bachelor of Science in Public Health majors will be advised by the Life and Health Sciences Advising Center.

Requirements for Admission to The University of Texas at San Antonio:

https://future.utsa.edu/admissions/


Undergraduate Catalog:

http://catalog.utsa.edu/undergraduate/

http://catalog.utsa.edu/undergraduate/educationhumandevelopment/healthkinesiology/#publichealth_hpbs_conc


UTSA ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking


UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM ASSISTANCE:
For assistance with Admission Requirements, please contact the Admissions/Enrollment Office or the COEHD Advising Office (Listed Under Contacts)




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