Public health is an exciting, diverse major that focuses on disease prevention and health promotion needs at the community level.   Public health work is conducted by teams of clinicians, epidemiologists, behavioral scientists, environmental scientists, health education specialists, health inspectors, statisticians, and health administrators. Students receiving a B.S. in Public Health will be trained for entry-level public health positions found in government agencies, health corporations, and community non-profit organizations.  Graduates are employed in a variety of settings, including: public health departments, non-governmental agencies, hospitals, health care management organizations, and health care accrediting agencies.  The public health degree at the University of Arkansas is specifically focused on health promotion, health behavior and health education.  In accordance, graduates are eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist credential.

Public health is delivered in a variety of capacities to:

  • Impact behavioral factors that are linked to chronic diseases, such heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
  • Promote behaviors that positively impact outcomes related to issues such as physical activity, nutrition, and sexual health.
  • Prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases
  • Improve access to health care
  • Affect issues related to the health of the environment
  • Prevent violent and unintentional injuries
  • Participate in global health endeavors
  • Prevent drug use and abuse
  • Assure the safety of our food supply
  • Manage the delivery of health services

An undergraduate major in public health leads to the Bachelor of Science degree.  The minimum requirements for all students in the college are listed under general studies. 

Requirements for a Major in Public Health

University Minimum Core (State Minimum Core)35
Required General Core Studies
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab) (Fa)
Public Health Major Requirements42
Personal Health and Safety (Sp, Fa) 1
Fundamentals of Nutrition (Sp, Fa)
Prevention of Drug Abuse (Fa)
Introduction to Human Sexuality (Sp, Fa)
Foundations of Public Health (Sp) 1
Terminology for the Health Professions (Sp)
Health Care and Public Health Policy (Sp) 1
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (Fa)
Internship in Public Health (Sp, Fa)
Environmental Science (Sp, Fa)
and Environmental Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
Health Behavior: Theories and Application (Fa)
Principles of Epidemiology (Fa)
Multicultural Health (Sp, Su)
Social Work With Elders (Irregular)
Sciences12
General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Human Anatomy (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2404 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and Human Anatomy Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2404 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Human Physiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2414 Lecture) (Sp, Fa)
and Human Physiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2414 Lab) (Sp, Fa)
Communications/Journalism6
Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Fundamentals of Journalism (Sp, Su, Fa)
Technical and Report Writing (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2023) (Sp, Fa)
Psychology3
Developmental Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 2103) (Sp, Fa)
Statistics3
Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Social Data and Analysis (Sp, Fa)
Introduction to Statistics for Psychologists (Sp, Su, Fa)
Statistics in Nursing (Sp, Su, Fa)
Electives: 19 hours total (9 of which must be at 3000 level or above)19
General electives (9 hours)
Public Health related electives (10 hours) selected from BIOL, CHEM, COMM, EXSC, any Foreign Language, HESC, KINS, MATH, NURS, PHYS, PSYC, SCWK, SOCI, STAT. SUST
Total Hours120
1

 Course requires C or better for degree award.

Public Health B.S. Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan for the Public Health major should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university core requirements.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
U.S. History/Government (Select from: HIST 2003, HIST 2013, PLSC 2003)3  
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa) (or Social Science Core, except PSYC 2003)3  
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
Fine Arts or Humanities  3
PBHL 1103 Personal Health and Safety (Sp, Fa)1  3
PBHL 2613 Foundations of Public Health (Sp)1  3
NUTR 1213 Fundamentals of Nutrition (Sp, Fa)  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PBHL 1203 Prevention of Drug Abuse (Fa)
or PBHL 3643 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (Fa)
3  
JOUR 1033 Fundamentals of Journalism (Sp, Su, Fa)
or ENGL 3053 Technical and Report Writing (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2023) (Sp, Fa)
3  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
or CHEM 1123 and CHEM 1121L
or CHEM 1073 and CHEM 1071L
4  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
General Elective3  
PBHL 2663 Terminology for the Health Professions (Sp)  3
PBHL 1303 Introduction to Human Sexuality (Sp, Fa)  3
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
General Electives  3
PBHL 3202 Health Care and Public Health Policy (Sp)1  2
Year Total: 16 14
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
PBHL 3643 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (Fa)
or PBHL 1203 Prevention of Drug Abuse (Fa)
3  
PBHL 4613 Principles of Epidemiology (Fa)3  
PSYC 3093 Developmental Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 2103) (Sp, Fa)3  
BIOL 2013 General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& BIOL 2011L General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
Fine Arts or Humanities3  
PBHL 4643 Multicultural Health (Sp, Su)
or PBHL 4553 Environmental Health (Irregular)
  3
BIOL 2443 Human Anatomy (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2404 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& BIOL 2441L Human Anatomy Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2404 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
Health-Related Elective  3
Social Science Core  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
BIOL 2213 Human Physiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2414 Lecture) (Sp, Fa)
& BIOL 2211L Human Physiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2414 Lab) (Sp, Fa)
4  
PBHL 4603 Health Behavior: Theories and Application (Fa)3  
General Elective3  
Health related elective4  
PBHL 4043 Internship in Public Health (Sp, Fa)  3
SCWK 4183 Social Work With Elders (Irregular)  3
Health Related Elective   3
ENSC 1003 Environmental Science (Sp, Fa)
& ENSC 1001L Environmental Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
  4
Year Total: 14 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

 Course requires C or better for degree award.

Courses

PBHL 1103. Personal Health and Safety (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Health and safety problems with emphasis on the promotion of individual health and safety.

PBHL 1103H. Honors Personal Health and Safety (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Health and safety problems with emphasis on the promotion of individual health and safety. Prerequisite: Honors standing.

This course is equivalent to PBHL 1103.

PBHL 1203. Prevention of Drug Abuse (Fa). 3 Hours.

Provides an overview of drugs of use and abuse in society. Also assists the student in evaluating drug abuse prevention approaches for public, private, or community settings.

PBHL 1303. Introduction to Human Sexuality (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

An examination of human sexuality with a critical analysis of male and female attitudes and values affecting self-understanding and gender identity.

PBHL 1303H. Honors Introduction to Human Sexuality (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

An examination of human sexuality with a critical analysis of male and female attitudes and values affecting self-understanding and gender identity.

This course is equivalent to PBHL 1303.

PBHL 2101. Special Topics (Sp, Fa). 1 Hour.

Examination and application of health promotion concepts based on individualized health hazard appraisal. (Not to replace content courses leading to teacher certification in health education). May be repeated for up to 5 hours of degree credit.

PBHL 2613. Foundations of Public Health (Sp). 3 Hours.

Introduction to the principles and practices of public health education, inclusive of an examination of the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, impact and results of public health practice.

PBHL 2663. Terminology for the Health Professions (Sp). 3 Hours.

Emphasis is on word roots and combined forms of words describing various facets of health and disease. Descriptive definitions with application of practical significance included for the health professional.

PBHL 310V. Seminar in Public Health (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Synthesis and critical analysis of current literature in the area of community health promotion. Prerequisite: PBHL majors only. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

PBHL 3202. Health Care and Public Health Policy (Sp). 2 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to health care services, inclusive of the characteristics and structure of the U.S. health care delivery system and comparison to other health systems. Aspects of public health policy, laws, ethics, and economics will be examined. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of the health care industry as it pertains to medical care and public health, including an understanding of the roles of health care providers, public and private payers, the role of government, and challenges facing health care systems. Pre- or Corequisite: PBHL 1103 and PBHL 2613.

PBHL 3202H. Honors Health Care and Public Health Policy (Sp). 2 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to health care services, inclusive of the characteristics and structure of the U.S. health care delivery system and comparison to other health systems. Aspects of public health policy, laws, ethics, and economics will be examined. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of the health care industry as it pertains to medical care and public health, including an understanding of the roles of health care providers, public and private payers, the role of government, and challenges facing health care systems.Pre- or Corequisite: PBHL 1103 and PBHL 2613 and honors standing.

This course is equivalent to PBHL 3202.

PBHL 333V. Research in Public Health (Sp, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

This course is intended for undergraduate students who wish to gain research experience under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students will work independently and collaborate with faculty member(s) and fellow students to conduct research in a specified area of interest. The purpose of the course is for the student to develop knowledge in her/his own domain, strengthen her/his research skills, and work collaboratively on research projects. The directed research course places more emphasis on the students' role as a researcher in an academic setting. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

PBHL 333VH. Honors Research in Public Health (Sp, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

This course is intended for undergraduate students who wish to gain research experience under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students will work independently and collaborate with faculty member(s) and fellow students to conduct research in a specified area of interest. The purpose of the course is for the student to develop knowledge in her/his own domain, strengthen her/his research skills, and work collaboratively on research projects. The directed research course places more emphasis on the students' role as a researcher in an academic setting. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

PBHL 3633. First Responder-First Aid (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Prepares persons to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency aid to victims of serious bleeding, poisoning, shock, fracture, and other forms of injury until emergency medical services personnel arrive at the scene.

PBHL 3643. Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (Fa). 3 Hours.

Emphasis on community analysis; defining and verifying community health problems; establishing program goals; defining and assessing health behaviors; formulating educational goals, objectives, methods, and activities; promoting programs; and designing program evaluation.

PBHL 3663. Principles and Practice of Mental Health Promotion (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Understanding and practicing the principles of sound mental health are key elements in achieving high level wellness. This course encourages students' exploration of the mental dimensions of holistic health and presents strategies to achieve a more healthful balance in life.

PBHL 3683. Health Care Consumerism (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Study of products and services provided by the health care delivery system; an analysis of those components lacking scientific credibility, yet promoted for the maintenance or restoration of health status.

PBHL 3683H. Honors Health Care Consumerism (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Study of products and services provided by the health care delivery system; an analysis of those components lacking scientific credibility, yet promoted for the maintenance or restoration of health status.

This course is equivalent to PBHL 3683.

PBHL 3901H. Honors Public Health Thesis Tutorial (Sp, Su, Fa). 1 Hour.

Designed to provide the foundation for the Honors Thesis/Project. Students and faculty tutors work "one-on-one" exploring a specific topic which has been agreed upon by the student and the professor. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy.

PBHL 4043. Internship in Public Health (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Designed to provide the student with an extended work experience in a selected community/public health program. The student works under college supervision with a professional in the health care delivery field. Pre- or Corequisite: PBHL 3643 and PBHL 4603. Prerequisite: Senior standing and successful completion of PBHL 1103 and PBHL 2663. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

PBHL 410V. Global Health: Issues, Concepts and Perspectives (Su). 3-6 Hour.

Emphasis placed on needs assessment, development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of public health initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of community members at all levels of the health continuum; topics of focus will include determinants of health, mental health, environmental health, nutrition, maternal and child health, sexual health, injuries and chronic and infectious diseases. Prerequisite: Approval from Study Abroad to participate in the Community Development Service Learning Program.

PBHL 410VH. Honors Global Health: Issues, Concepts and Perspectives (Su). 3-6 Hour.

Emphasis placed on needs assessment, development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of public health initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of community members at all levels of the health continuum; topics of focus will include determinants of health, mental health, environmental health, nutrition, maternal and child health, sexual health, injuries and chronic and infectious diseases. Prerequisite: Approval from Study Abroad to participate in the Community Development Service Learning Program.

This course is equivalent to PBHL 410V.

PBHL 4401. Certified Health Education Specialist: Responsibilities and Competencies (Odd years, Sp). 1 Hour.

This course is an overview of the competencies necessary for being a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and also of the concepts and skills required for carrying out effective health education programs in a variety of different settings, including School, Community, Health Care and Worksite settings. Through a combination of self study, seminar discussions, and research projects, a thorough understanding of the competencies and core concepts in the fields of public health and health promotion will be attained. While the emphasis of the course is placed on studying for the CHES examination, the course will also provide a format to further your preparation as a professional health educator.Prerequisite: PBHL major.

PBHL 4553. Environmental Health (Irregular). 3 Hours.

This course explores current environmental problems and issues related to public health. Topics include health risk assessment, management, and communication; sources of pollution, environmental and health effects of war, food safety and other environmental health topics. Also discussed are the roles of the environment in human health and disease, the basic principles of environmental health practice, and major environmental health legislation and policy. Format for course will include lecture web based seminars, and small group seminars.

PBHL 4603. Health Behavior: Theories and Application (Fa). 3 Hours.

Understanding the reasons for health behavior is vital for the health education professional. It is necessary to assist in the development of services and programs that are likely to move an individual from an unhealthy behavior to one that is more appropriate for a healthy lifestyle. This course surveys the major health behavior theories used in health education and applications of the theories will be used in the class. Prerequisite: PBHL 2613.

PBHL 4613. Principles of Epidemiology (Fa). 3 Hours.

Distribution and patterns of disease or physiological conditions within populations; an examination of the nature of epidemiological research. Prerequisite: Senior standing and BIOL 2013 and BIOL 2011L.

PBHL 4623. Human Diseases (Irregular). 3 Hours.

An examination of the variety, behavior, distribution, and management of both infectious and noninfectious diseases in human populations. Prerequisite: BIOL 1603 (or BIOL 1543 and BIOL 1541L).

PBHL 4643. Multicultural Health (Sp, Su). 3 Hours.

Through lecture, discussion, simulations, and case studies, students will develop an appreciation for the cultural traditions and practices of different groups. The importance and implications of these traditions on health outcomes and health status will be examined. Students will also develop skills of cultural competence that are essential for public health practitioners today. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent.

PBHL 4643H. Honors Multicultural Health (Sp, Su). 3 Hours.

Through lecture, discussion, simulations, and case studies, students will develop an appreciation for the cultural traditions and practices of different groups. The importance and implications of these traditions on health outcomes and health status will be examined. Students will also develop skills of cultural competence that are essential for public health practitioners today. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent.

This course is equivalent to PBHL 4643.

PBHL 498VH. Honors Public Health Thesis/Project (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

Designed to provide facilitation of the Honors Thesis/Project. Students and faculty work "one-on-one" to complete the honors thesis/project. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy and PBHL 3901H. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

Bart Hammig, Associate Professor
Leah Jean Henry, Associate Professor
Ches Jones, Professor
Kristen N. Jozkowski, Associate Professor