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Public Health (BS), 4-Year

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Help prevent disease, promote wellness, and improve the lives of people in your community and all over the world as a public health professional.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

While doctors and clinicians treat individuals, public health professionals work to keep entire populations healthy. They look at real-world data and develop, advocate for, and implement evidence-based solutions to health problems that impact communities as small as individual neighborhoods to as large as entire continents or the whole world.

Whether addressing the rising problem of obesity in the United States or seeking solutions to providing clean drinking water to people in developing nations, public health professionals tackle the big problems of health and wellness that impact millions of people.

As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program at D'Youville you’ll be able to take advantage of our faculty’s extensive experience educating allied health professionals, learn from faculty with demonstrated expertise in math and the natural sciences, draw from the practical experience and theoretical acumen of our business faculty, and acquire the critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills you’ll need to succeed in your career from our liberal arts faculty.

What You'll Learn

Our program delivers a truly interdisciplinary public health education that's difficult to find at other institutions.

Because public health professionals work in a such a wide variety of settings and collaborate with so many other disciplines, our curriculum will help you develop an in-depth understanding of a wide variety of knowledge. As a student in our program you’ll study epidemiology, biostatistics, public health policy, environmental science, social dynamics, and behavioral health in the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education that emphasizes critical and ethical thinking.

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Distinctions

As a student in D’Youville’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, you’ll have the opportunity to:
  • Combine theory, knowledge, and practice through our unique Capstone Experience designed to prepare you to begin your career in public health or continue on to advanced study in a graduate program.
  • Gain a global perspective and gain valuable experience through our study abroad opportunities.
  • Benefit from personalized attention, career guidance, and advice from our experienced faculty who have been recognized as experts in their field and lauded as caring mentors to their students.
  • Enjoy learning and living with fellow students in a wide variety of allied health programs who can expose you to new perspectives and challenge you intellectually as you move together towards your future careers in healthcare.
  • Enhance your education and earn your Master of Public Health in only one year after graduating by applying to D'Youville & Daemen College's accelerated, 5-Year BS + MPH joint degree program in your junior year.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Curriculum

Curriculum

As a student in D'Youville's BS in Public Health program you’ll experience a unique interdisciplinary experience designed to give you a competitive edge as you progress with your public health career. If you choose to continue your education by pursuing a graduate degree, our program will provide you with the chemistry, human physiology, and anatomy courses required by many of the top masters and doctoral public health programs.

In addition to majoring in Public Health, you can also choose to get an edge on the job market by adding a structured minor to your degree program. Choices include:

  • Spanish for Health Professionals
  • Health Service Management
  • Health Analytics
  • Environmental Science

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science Public Health Program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Public Health Program Requirements

General Education Requirements 30
Public Health Major Requirements 46-49
Liberal Arts and Science Electives 44
Total Credits 120-123

Public Health Major Requirements

CHE-102L General Chemistry Laboratory II 3
or CHE-112
& CHE-113L
Chemistry for Health Sciences II
and Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab
BIO-108 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO-108L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
MAT-123 Introduction to Applied Statistics 4
HAPH-110 Introduction to Public Health 3
MAT-124 Intermediate Applied Statistics 4
HP-203 Medical Terminology 1
SOC-215 Research Methods in Sociology 3
or HAPH-308 Research Method for Healthcare Managers
HAPH-210 Introduction to Healthcare Systems 3
HAPH-301 Health Behavior 3
HAPH-302 Global Health 3
SOC-400 Social Epidemiology 3
or HAPH-382 Managerial Epidemiology
HAPH-312 Health Edu Program Planning & Evaluation 3
or HAPH-306 Population Health
HAPH-410 Health Care Policy and Law 3
HAPH-414 Project Planning & Management 3
PH-410 Capstone Project 3-6
Total Credits 46-49

Students who chose to take Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHE-111), Chemistry for Health Sciences II (CHE-112), Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab (CHE-113L) must take an additional approved elective to meet the 120 graduation requirement.

Approved Major Electives

Select four of the following: 12-15
BIO-117
Drugs and Disease  
BIO-208
& 208L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
 
BIO-330
Environmental Microbiology  
HIS-336
American Environmental History  
PSY-353
Adult Development  
HAPH-406
Health Information Management  
SOC-222
Health, Illness and Society  
Total Credits 12-15

Minimally four electives are required (12 credits) for the major. At least three must be at the 300-400 level. Check the current college catalog to ensure that you meet the prerequisites for the intended course.

General Education and Liberal Arts and Science electives: 62-68
Minimum total credits required: 120

Careers

Careers

ASPPH, the main organization for accredited academic public health professionals estimates that the United States will need an additional quarter of a million public health professionals by 2020. Between rising community health challenges, changes in the healthcare system, and a growing population, there’s never been a greater need for caring, compassionate, intelligent people like you who want to make the world a better place.

As a public health professional, you'll have nearly unlimited opportunities to put your skills and knowledge to work in a wide variety of fields as a:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Public Health Information Officer
  • Outcomes Researcher
  • Public Health Planner
  • Health Promotions Program Specialist
  • Health and Wellness Manager
  • Public Health Consultant
  • Legislative Policy Advisor
  • Public Health Journalist
  • Medical Investigator
  • Emergency Response Expert
  • Disease Ecologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Health Program Specialist
  • Consumer Safety Officer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Medical Writer
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Healthcare Educator

Find out more about the health issues affecting Western New York and discover how public health professionals work to improve their communities.

Capstone Experience

Capstone Experience

At D'Youville, you won’t just learn in the classroom: you'll also have the opportunity to apply what you've learned in a variety of hands-on experiences designed to transform you into a public health professional. 

Internship (3 Credits)

Working in a real public health setting as an intern is a proven way to improve your career prospects. Not only will you be able to gain real-world experience, but you’ll also have the opportunity to network with seasoned public health professionals who can not only provide you with the benefit of their experience, but their professional contacts as well.

As a junior or senior in D'Youville's BS in Public Health program, you'll complete both an Internship in a real-world public health setting as well as an Internship Seminar where you’ll have the opportunity to integrate the experience from your internship with the knowledge you’ve learned from your studies.

And you can be sure we'll be with you every step of the way: D'Youville's faculty and staff will work with you in order to guide you to an internship experience at one of the many local facilities we have relationships with, including:

Study Abroad Experience (3 Credits)

Many public health professionals choose to work outside the United States through a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations. If you’re interested in a career that takes you outside the United States, our Study Abroad experience will help you develop the global perspective and cultural competencies necessary to be successful in the international arena.

Not only will you deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through semester-long study abroad experiences, but you’ll also have the opportunity to experience first-hand your host country’s public health infrastructure and specific public health challenges through the research you conduct while you develop your final paper on your experience abroad.

Independent Research (3 credits)

If you choose to pursue independent research for your Capstone Experience, you'll have the opportunity to work one-on-one alongside our nationally-known faculty while you collect, analyze, and interpret data in order to develop meaningful applications for public health. Typically, students who decide to pursue independent research follow a three step process:

  • Choose a faculty mentor to guide you
  • Select a research topic relating to your interests
  • Present your results to the D'Youville student body; opportunities also exist to present at regional, national or international conferences

Honors Thesis (6 Credits)

If you plan on going on to graduate school, the Honors Thesis option offers a wonderful opportunity to develop your research and analysis skills while working alongside one of our nationally-recognized faculty for two semesters. Choosing the Honors Thesis option will allow you to hone your research interests and skills while investigating a topic that's meaningful to you and building relationships within the academic community. Students who pursue this option must be honors students with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or better.

If you qualify to pursue this option, you will:

  • Work with a two-member faculty thesis team for 2 continuous semesters
  • Collect primary data or analyze secondary data
  • Defend your thesis to an audience of peers and committee members

5-Year BS + MPH Program

5-Year, BS + MPH Joint Degree Program

An accelerated 5-year, Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Public Health (MPH) joint degree program is available to students seeking advanced, leadership careers in public health, through a partnership between D’Youville and Daemen College.

This joint degree (BS + MPH) program allows you to:

  • Increase your earning potential: According to the Pew Research Center, graduates with a master’s degree typically earn more than their counterparts with only a bachelor’s.
  • Accelerate your education: Traditionally, an MPH degree is earned in 2 to 2.5 years, but through this partnership you will begin earning your MPH credits while still at the bachelor’s level.
  • Expand your connections: Students in this unique program will receive instruction at two, well-respected institutions and work with the professional, student-focused faculty of both colleges.

Program Overview

Students who enroll in this 5-year, accelerated program will receive their Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health from D’Youville and their Master of Public Health (MPH) from Daemen College. Each program is fully registered with the New York State Education Department.

Admissions Details

Prospective students may apply to the program through their initial application to D'Youville. Current students enrolled in the BS program in Public Health who are interested in the joint program must apply to the MPH program at Daemen College by April 1 of their junior year.

Admissions requirements for Daemen's MPH program are outlined on Daemen's website and include a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 during their senior year at D’Youville and graduate from D’Youville with a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 in order to remain eligible for the MPH program.

Course Requirements

Under D’Youville and Daemen College’s agreement, Daemen will waive the GRE requirement for the MPH degree. D'Youville students accepted into the MPH program are required to complete a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours and a maximum of 15 graduate credit hours at Daemen College in their senior year. This requirement is necessary in order to ensure students can complete the MPH degree in one year after their graduation from D’Youville.

Graduate-level courses will only be waived by Deamen for the MPH degree if the student earns a B or better in the course. If a student earns earn less than a B, but still no less than a C in the course, the grade and credit will count toward his or her undergraduate degree, but the course will not be waived for the MPH program and the student will be required to retake the course at Daemen.

If the grade earned in the course is less than a C, the student may take the course equivalent (listed in the table below) at D’Youville and the credit will be used to fulfill their undergraduate degree as long as they earn a C or better. As long as the D'Youville student graduates with at least 12 credits of MPH-equivalent courses and earns a B or better in all of those courses and maintains a 3.0 GPA, his or her guaranteed spot at Daemen will be held.

Upon successful completion of the courses at Daemen, the courses will be transferred from Daemen College to D'Youville to fulfill the BS in Public Health degree requirements at D'Youville. As with all transfer acceptance, the student must provide an official transcript.

Daemen will waive a maximum of 15 credits from the MPH degree program for accepted students who complete the Daemen courses; grades of B or better are required for each course to qualify for the waiver. Once enrolled at Daemen, students will be required to take a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours in Daemen's MPH program beyond the waiver courses identified below.

Courses Accepted for Transfer and Waiver

D'Youville Course Credits Daemen Course Credits
SOC 400 Epidemiology 3 PH 500 Epidemiology 3
PH 301 Health Behavior 3 PH 510 Psychosocial and Behavioral Foundations of PH 3
SOC 215 Research Methods 3 PH 520 Research Methods in Health Promotion 3
BIO 323 Environmental Health 3 PH 530 Environmental Health 3
HSM 312 Program Planning and Evaluation 3 PH 562 Assessment and Planning in Community Health Education 3

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, english, history, and two years of science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

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