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Dr. Amber Murray
Public Health Program Director, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences 
Rybolt Sport Sciences Center 246
amurray5@ashland.edu
419.207.6165

Curriculum

Year 1 - Fall Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
ENG 101 Composition I (CORE 1) 3

BIO 201
OR
BIO 202

Molecular & Cellular Basis of Life
OR
Organisms, Adaptation & Diversity (CORE 2)

4
CHEM 103
OR
CHEM 253
OR
CHEM 251
OR
CHEM 252
OR
CHEM 350
General Chemistry
OR
Chemical Perspectives on Life
OR
Molecular Architecture
OR
Chemistry of Crime Scene Investigation
OR
Science as a Cultural Force (CORE 3)
3

4

3

3

3
PSYC 101 General Psychology (CORE 4) 4
TOTAL 13-14

Year 1 - Spring Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
ENG 102 Composition II (CORE 5) 3

COMM 120

Foundations of Health Communication (CORE 6)

3
SOC 111
OR
SOC 301
OR
SOC 340
OR
POLSC 101
Principles of Sociology
OR
Race, Ethnic, & Minority Issues
OR
Marriage and Family Relationships
OR
Understanding Politics (CORE 7)
3
EXS 190 Anatomy & Physiology 4
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 8) 3
TOTAL 16

Year 2 - Fall Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 9) 3

COM 320

Health Communication

3
PUBH 210 Introduction to Public Health 3
ELEC General Elective 3
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 10) 3
TOTAL 15

Year 2 - Spring Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
MATH 208 Elementary Statistics (CORE 11) 3

PSYC 330

Health Psychology

3
HS 201 Impact of Chronic Illness 3
PUBH 260 Environmental Health 3
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 12) 3
TOTAL 15

Year 3 - Fall Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
MATH 341 Applied Regression Analysis 3

PHIL 280D

Bioethics (CORE 13)

3
HS 360 Research in Health Sciences 3
ECON 232
OR
ECON 233

Principles in Microeconomics (232)
OR
Principles in Macroeconomics (233)

3
PUBH 330 Social and Behavioral Theory in Public Health 3
TOTAL 15

Year 3 - Spring Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
HS 320 Educational Strategies for Healthcare Providers 4

COM 370

Informatics in Health Communication

3
PUBH 345 Public Health Policy & Health Care Systems 3
PUBH 355 Applied Epidemiology 3
ELEC General Elective 3
TOTAL 16

Year 4 - Fall Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
PUBH 410 Public Health Promotion & Education 3

PUBH 430

Public Health Program Planning & Evaluation

3
ELEC General Elective 3
ELEC General Elective 3
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 14) 3
TOTAL 15

Year 4 - Spring Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
MGT 240 Introduction to Management 3

NUR/HS 425

Trends and Issues in Global Health

3
COM 425 Risk and Crisis Communication 3
PUBH 465 Capstone Seminar 3
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 15) 3
TOTAL 15

120-121 Total Hours

Contact Us

Dr. Amber Murray
Public Health Program Director, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences 
Rybolt Sport Sciences Center 246
amurray5@ashland.edu
419.207.6165

Curriculum

Year 1 - Fall Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
ENG 101 Composition I (CORE 1) 3

BIO 201
OR
BIO 202

Molecular & Cellular Basis of Life
OR
Organisms, Adaptation & Diversity (CORE 2)

4
CHEM 103
OR
CHEM 253
OR
CHEM 251
OR
CHEM 252
OR
CHEM 350
General Chemistry
OR
Chemical Perspectives on Life
OR
Molecular Architecture
OR
Chemistry of Crime Scene Investigation
OR
Science as a Cultural Force (CORE 3)
3

4

3

3

3
PSYC 101 General Psychology (CORE 4) 4
TOTAL 13-14

Year 1 - Spring Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
ENG 102 Composition II (CORE 5) 3

COMM 120

Foundations of Health Communication (CORE 6)

3
SOC 111
OR
SOC 301
OR
SOC 340
OR
POLSC 101
Principles of Sociology
OR
Race, Ethnic, & Minority Issues
OR
Marriage and Family Relationships
OR
Understanding Politics (CORE 7)
3
EXS 190 Anatomy & Physiology 4
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 8) 3
TOTAL 16

Year 2 - Fall Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 9) 3

COM 320

Health Communication

3
PUBH 210 Introduction to Public Health 3
ELEC General Elective 3
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 10) 3
TOTAL 15

Year 2 - Spring Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
MATH 208 Elementary Statistics (CORE 11) 3

PSYC 330

Health Psychology

3
HS 201 Impact of Chronic Illness 3
PUBH 260 Environmental Health 3
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 12) 3
TOTAL 15

Year 3 - Fall Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
MATH 341 Applied Regression Analysis 3

PHIL 280D

Bioethics (CORE 13)

3
HS 360 Research in Health Sciences 3
ECON 232
OR
ECON 233

Principles in Microeconomics (232)
OR
Principles in Macroeconomics (233)

3
PUBH 330 Social and Behavioral Theory in Public Health 3
TOTAL 15

Year 3 - Spring Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
HS 320 Educational Strategies for Healthcare Providers 4

COM 370

Informatics in Health Communication

3
PUBH 345 Public Health Policy & Health Care Systems 3
PUBH 355 Applied Epidemiology 3
ELEC General Elective 3
TOTAL 16

Year 4 - Fall Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
PUBH 410 Public Health Promotion & Education 3

PUBH 430

Public Health Program Planning & Evaluation

3
ELEC General Elective 3
ELEC General Elective 3
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 14) 3
TOTAL 15

Year 4 - Spring Semester

COURSE #TITLECREDIT HOURS
MGT 240 Introduction to Management 3

NUR/HS 425

Trends and Issues in Global Health

3
COM 425 Risk and Crisis Communication 3
PUBH 465 Capstone Seminar 3
CORE Institutional Requirement (CORE 15) 3
TOTAL 15

120-121 Total Hours

What is Public Health?

"Public health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.” (https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/public-health-lea...).

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) has been created to prepare students to work in areas of public health that include: epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health administration, health policy, and health educators.

The goal of public health is to extend healthy lives nationally and globally. Over the past century, public health professionals have eradicated smallpox and have worked ceaselessly to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The average American lifespan has been extended by 30 years as a result of public health professionals. Within the last several years, public health experts have worked tirelessly to find treatments and a cure for the Ebola and Zika virus.

At present, public health professionals continue to work to find cures and treatments for the leading causes of death in the U.S. such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Public health experts strive to decrease disease incidence and prevalence in areas such as infant mortality, HIV/AIDS, youth violence, homicide, abuse, obesity, drug related deaths, food-borne illness, and exposure to second-hand smoke. The work of public health officials is imperative to the health and quality of life for populations both nationally and worldwide.

This program will involve interdisciplinary faculty and will be offered on campus. The program will consist of 46-47 credits of core (dependent on CHEM option), 62 credits of public health coursework, and 12+ credits of pre-approved program electives.

Career Opportunities

  • Health Educators
  • Community Planners
  • Epidemiologists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Professionals
  • Nutritionists
  • Public Policymakers
  • Public Health Nurses
  • First Responders
  • Social Workers
  • Restaurant Inspectors
  • Scientists and Researchers
  •  Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • Program Administrators
  • Community Outreach Managers
  • Sanitarians
  • Tobacco Prevention Specialists
  • National & International Health Organizations

Financial Aid

Financial Aid