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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


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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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 SAT (M & EBRW) or ACT* / GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 + $3,000 Room and Board Waiver
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000 + $2,000 Room and Board Waiver
Dean's 80/980 or 18
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
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

*D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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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

Public Health
Degree: B.S.

College Core Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 111

Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing

This course is an introduction to literature and the fundamentals of academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success:critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of writing for both readers and listeners.

Prerequisites: None

ENG 112

Humanities Seminar

This course teaches academic writing skills based on a humanities topic, thematically linked to the D'Youville general education core. Topics will vary by instructor and will be approached from literary or historical perspectives, with a common focus on cultural studies. Offered both semesters. Crosslisted with HIS-112 beginning Fall 2019.

Prerequisites: None


PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201
Total 9

Five Required Humanities Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHI 312

Bioethics Seminar

This course analyzes ethical dilemmas and problems posed by developments in the biosciences. Problems discussed include choices for life or death, allocation of resources, human experimentation, reproductive technologies and professional-client relationships.

Prerequisites: PHI-201 or PHI/RS-214

FA 235

Digital Storytelling

This course will explore the new frontiers of writing and the range of cultural competencies necessary to fully participate in the global digital future. Students will develop digital and information literacies as well as the foundational elements of strong, clear, precise writing while becoming fluent in emerging communication practices. Students will learn to produce texts in multimedia digital environments, producing new media writing projects such as blogs, wikis, websites, social networking sites, audio, video, and other converged and hybrid media. The course will also focus on helping students to develop critical media literacy skills; students will learn to apply rigorous critical analysis of the media that they consume.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: ENG-111 ENG-112

SPE 201

Public Speaking

This is an introduction to speaking before groups and includes techniques of speech preparation and delivery,adapting to the purpose of the speaking situation,and practice in various types of oral presentation in a comfortable workshop atmosphere.

Prerequisites: None


Two Humanities Electives

Choose two elective Humanities courses.
Total 15

Social Sciences

Course Number Course Name Credits

PSY 203 or PSY 101

Choose one elective from PSY 203 or PSY 101

SOC 101 or SOC 102

Choose one elective from SOC 101 or SOC 102

HIS 103 or HIS 111 or HIS 203 or HIS 204

Choose one elective from HIS 103, HIS 111, HIS 203, or HIS 204

ECO 201 or PSC 201 or ECO 202

Choose one elective from ECO 201, PSC 201, or ECO 202
Total 12


Course Number Course Name Credits
CSC 120

Computers & Electronic Health Records

This is an introduction to the fundamental ideas of computers and their role in society. Students learn of the historical origins of computers, the development of computers since WWII, their uses and impact in society, emerging technologies, and the implementation of computers: operating systems, software applications, the Internet, and an introduction to some elementary programming: e.g., HTML, SQL (Databases and Electronic Health Records), advanced spreadsheet formulas. Electronic medical records (EMRs) are a digital version of the paper charts in the clinician's office. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) focus on the total health of the patient by focusing a broader view of all aspects of a patient's care. This course has a great deal of emphasis on databases including practical hands-on experience using (EMR/EHR) software.

Prerequisites: MAT-101 or achieve a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT-101 material.


MAT 122 or MAT 125

Choose one elective from MAT 122 or MAT 125
Total 6-7

Natural Science

Course Number Course Name Credits

One Elective from CHE 101 and CHE 101L, or CHE 111

Choose one elective (and corresponding lab if applicable) from CHE 101, CHE 101L, or CHE 111.
BIO 107

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: CPC-022, 1 semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L

BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

This course accompanies BIO 107. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-107

Total 7-8

Free Electives

Course Number Course Name Credits

Three Electives

Choose three free electives.
Total 9

Total: 58-60

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific area of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSM 110

Introduction to Public Health

Public health aims to prevent and treat disease and to promote and protect health through strategies that engage the community. This course will examine the history of public health as well as core areas of public health including assessment, assurance and policy development. Students will learn about health promotion and disease promotion and disease prevention of communicable and non-communicable disease social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, environmental health and health policy.

Prerequisites: None

HSM 203

Medical Terminology

This course applies medical terminology including word components (root word, prefix and suffix), medical abbreviations, pathologies and diagnostic tests. Students also learn how to conduct a chart review, interpret admission notes, surgical reports, discharge summaries, and understand the components of a SOAP note.

Prerequisites: None

HSM 210

Introduction to Healthcare Systems

This course presents a systems approach to the delivery of health services. Students will develop an understanding of the basic structures and operations of health care systems. The course examines resources, processes and outcomes of health systems.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

HSM 312

Health Edu Program Planning & Evaluation

This course focuses on health education at the individual and population levels. Students will learn how to conduct a community diagnosis, mobilize communities for action in promoting healthy behaviors at individual and community levels. Students will learn how to align strategies with Healthy People 2010 and measure improvements.

Prerequisites: None

HSM 410

Health Care Policy and Law

This course develops students'knowledge and understanding of the development and impact of policy and law in the US on healthcare organizations.Specific emphasis will be given to principles of law, policy and the U.S. legal system including laws and policies related documentation,privacy,security,release of health information,liability,consent,and malpractice.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: HSM-210

HSM 414

Project Planning & Management

This course examines the phases of project and management in health care organizations. Students will learn how to use a systems approach to integrate local, state and federal health care mandates and professional standards in setting reasonable goals, determine a time line and budget. They will learn how to lead and facilitate team of support staff, professionals and allied health professionals through the work plan. They will learn to present the project verbally and in writing using a variety of presentation formats.

Prerequisites: HSM-406

PH 301

Health Behavior

This course will review the determinants of health-related behavior and important theories, as well as discuss how these theories can be practically applied in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs. This course will begin to answer the meta-question as it relates to health behavior: "Why do people do what they do?"

Prerequisites: HSM-110

PH 302

Global Health

This course will prepare future health professionals to work in a global market whether it is in their local community or in some faraway land. This course will provide insights in understanding global health issues and the improvement of health at a population level. 

Prerequisites: HSM-110
SOC 215

Research Methods in Sociology

In this course,students are introduced to qualitative methods and the basics of interpreting statistics. Students learn how to analyze and evaluate existing research,construct a research project,conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews,and analyze policy and primary documents. Ethical considerations regarding conducting research and uses of research are discussed.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

SOC 400

Social Epidemiology

This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

BIO 332

Environmental Health

Environmental health examines the impact of the environment on human health. This includes 1) the effect of environmental components, such as pollutants, pathogens, and toxins, on human health, 2) energy resource uses and its effect on human health, 3) food safety, 4) environmental hazards found in the work place, and 5) environmental degradation as it relates to human health and wellbeing. This course will also examine the methods of environmental assessment and the role of public policy related to environmental health.

Prerequisites: (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-102 CHE-102L) or (CHE-111 CHE-112 CHE-113), BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L

BIO 108

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: CPC-022, Prior completion of BIO-107/L, BIO-108L

BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

This course accompanies BIO 108. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-108


CHE 102L or CHE 112 with CHE 113L

Choose one elective (and corresponding lab) from CHE 102 with CHE 102L or CHE 112 with CHE 113L
MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT 120

Prerequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course from PHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L or be a pre-pharmacy student.

MAT 124

Intermediate Applied Statistics

This course continues and expands the material present in MAT 123. The course will cover hypothesis testing for variances, symmetric versus asymmetric distributions, non-parametric methods for one, two or multiple samples, measures of association, multifactor analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance. The material focuses on the application of known methods. Large data sets will be employed to explore the methods presented in class. The course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB or SAS.

Prerequisites: MAT-123 with a minimum grade of C.

PH 410

Capstone Project

The Capstone experience will be designed to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge as developed throughout the student's academic program. Students will be eligible to complete their capstone in their junior or senior year (senior status will be required for the Thesis option). The undergraduate student will have four options for completion of the capstone requirement: internship, study abroad, Honors thesis, or independent study All capstone experiences will require prior approval from the Chair before work can begin. Prereqquisite junior or senior standing in the major.
Total 49-52

* Students who chose to take CHE 111, 112, 113 must take an additional approved elective to meet the 120 graduation requirement.  

Approved Major Electives

Course Number Course Name Credits
Four Electives

BIO 117, BIO 208/L, BIO 330, HIS 336, HSM 220, HSM 406, PSY 353, SOC 322 or SOC 323

Choose four electives from BIO 117, BIO 208/L, BIO 330, HIS 336, HSM 220, HSM 406, PSY 353, SOC 322 or SOC 323.

BIO 208 must be taken with BIO 208L

Total 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.

 Core Requirements and electives: 62-68

Minimum total credits required: 120



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

Applicants to the bachelor's degree in Public Health must meet these criteria for admission into the program:

Admission Criteria
A combined SAT score of 1080 (or ACT 21) and;
High school average of at least 85% and;
High school rank in the upper one half of the class.

Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing in the bachelor's degree in Public Healthstudent must:

Good Academic Standing
Achieve a semester GPA of 2.50, and;
Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50, and;
Earn minimum grades of C in all courses required for the student's major.
*Courses with a grade below C must be repeated, but may only be repeated once.

Transfer Students

Transfer student applicants to the bachelor's degree in Public Health must meet these criteria for admission into the program:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Note: Find out how many credits will transfer to D'Youville by using our Course Equivalency Database

Public Health at D'Youville

Learn why public health professionals play such an important role in society and how D'Youville's program leads graduates to rewarding careers.