Public Health - BA, BS

St. Kate's offers four concentrations for the public health major to provide students with opportunities to integrate and apply core knowledge in public health to a specific area of study.  A major in public health prepares students for employment in public health, strengthens the background of health professionals who are interested in public health practice areas, and provides an excellent foundation for students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in public health, pre-professional degrees (e.g. pre-Med, pre-PA) or related areas. Students will have opportunities for service learning, internships, capstone projects, structured research and study abroad courses.

Public health majors will get a strong foundation in public health and liberal arts, select a concentration that fits their unique interests, and prepare for a career or graduate study through internship and seminar experiences. St. Kate's was selected to participate in the first joint collaboration of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) to support development of three public health courses into the liberal arts curriculum. The public health major emphasizes working with academic, community and global partners to make a difference. Examples of our initial collaborations include the University of St. Thomas and the Health Education Industry Partnership. The public health major was developed over several years and in response to student interests. The curriculum will help students develop knowledge and skills to improve health through education, health promotion and research. The strength of the public health major will be built upon the varied interests and backgrounds of students in the major. The design of the major also makes it possible to obtain a double major or a minor in another discipline.

Public health at St. Kate's is an interdepartmental major. Students will complete five core public health courses and a minimum of seven additional courses in a specific concentration. St. Kate's offers four concentrations for the public health major: health sciences, public policy, health education, and community health worker.  

Courses for a concentration are selected in consultation with an advisor, with a minimum of half of major courses numbered at the 3000 level or above. Students may take approved ACTC courses to fulfill some requirements for the concentration. Transfer courses, substitutions and other ACTC courses require the approval of the department. Recommended courses for each concentration will be published on an annual basis. Students who want a double major or minor must meet with an advisor in both departments. Students must refer to specific planning guides for each concentration, available from the department.

A minimum grade of a C is required for major courses and supporting courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required in the major, including supporting courses.

Curriculum

Public Health Courses
HLTH 2050Foundations in Public Health4
HLTH 3150Epidemiology4
HLTH 3250Global Health4
HLTH 4604Internship4
HLTH 4800WSenior Seminar in Public Health4
Total Credits20
Supporting Courses
INDI 2220Medical Terminology2
or IPE 1030 Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology
Select one of the following statistics courses:4
Biostatistics
Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis with Corequisite
Statistical Analysis
MGMT 3850Healthcare Policy4
Total Credits10

A minimum grade of C is required for supporting courses.

Health Sciences Concentration

Designed for:

  1. pre-professional students (e.g., pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-PA, pre-DPT)
  2. students who want a strong background in human and biological science and public health

This major is offered in the College for Women only.

Required Courses
Select six 2000 level or higher courses in the area of human health and biological impacts on human health:24
Introduction to Microbiology with Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
Understanding Medical Research: Drugs, Devices and Complementary Therapies
Foundations of Biology III with Lab
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
Comparative Animal Physiology
Biology of Microorganisms with Lab
Cell Biology with Lab
Histology with Lab
Biopsychology with Lab
Immunology with Lab
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
Organic Chemistry II with Lab
Nutritional Biochemistry
Biochemistry
Nutrition Foundations
One 2000 level or higher course related to the social, behavior, legal, ethical or economic dimension of health 14
Total Credits28
1

 See course options under Public Policy Concentration below (or departmental approval)

Public Policy Concentration

Designed for:

  1. students who are interested in health policy, social sciences and population health but not a specific health profession
  2. pre-professional students (e.g., pre-law, pre-occupational therapy)
  3. students who want a strong background in the underlying social and political conditions that impact public health and health disparities

This major is offered in the College for Women and the College for Adults (CFA). NOTE: Not all of the courses are available in CFA. Students should consult their academic advisor.

Required Courses
Six courses focused on the underlying social and political factors that shape health and health disparities selected as noted below
Select two 2000 level or higher courses on social and behavioral impacts on health and health disparities8
Foundations of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity
Women's Issues from Global Perspectives
Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Understanding Psychological Disorders
Health Psychology with Lab
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Challenging Oppressions, Civic Engagement and Change
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Rule-makers and Rule-breakers: Deviance and Social Control
Social Movements-Social Change
Migration, Citizenship, Community
Cultural Anthropology
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Social Policy for Social Change
Foundations in Women's Studies
The Anatomy of Violence
Select two 2000 level or higher courses on the legal, economic or communication dimensions of health care and public policy8
Interpersonal Communication
Speaking to Lead and Influence
Foundations in Leadership
Media, Culture and Society
Small Group Communication
Rhetoric, Civic Participation and Social Justice
Communication in Organizations
Communicating across Cultures, Identities and Differences
Leadership and the Art of Persuasion
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Topics in Healthcare Economics
Development Economics: Examining Poverty and Inequality
Global Financial Issues
International Economics: Trade and Immigration
Food Systems and Policy
Lifelong Nutrition
Twentieth Century America
History of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in the U.S.
The Sixties in the U.S.
U.S. Women Since 1920
Healthcare Teams: Opportunities and Challenges in Aging
Healthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice
American Government and Politics
State, Local and Urban Government
Introduction to World Politics
Public Policy
Haves and Have-Nots
International Political Economy
Select two additional 2000 level or higher courses from any course listed above or departmental approval8
Select one 2000 level or higher course on the science of human health and the biological impacts on human health 14
Introduction to Microbiology with Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
Immunology with Lab
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
Organic Chemistry II with Lab
Biochemistry
Nutrition Foundations
Total Credits28
1

 Students in the College for Adults may fulfill this requirement with BIOL 1120 Biology of Women with Lab

Health Education Concentration

Designed for:

  1. students who are interested in becoming a health educator in a health or community setting
  2. students who want to obtain a credential in community health education and have a background in public health

This major is offered in the College for Women only.

Required Courses
Eight courses in health education; courses for the health education concentration are offered in collaboration with the University of St. Thomas.30
Environmental Biology with Lab
Biology of Women with Lab
Nutrition Foundations
The following five courses are offered at the University of St. Thomas
HLTH 285 Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
HLTH 342 Health Curriculum and Administration
HLTH 352 Methods and Instruction
HLTH 462 Human Sexuality Education
HLTH 464 Critical Issues in Health Education
Total Credits30

Community Health Worker Concentration

Designed for:

  1. students with linguistic and cultural competency in a community and interest in serving as advocates in health and community systems
  2. students who want to obtain a credential as a community health worker and have a background in public health

This major is offered in the College for Women and the College for Adults.

Required Courses
HLTH 1020Role, Advocacy and Outreach2
HLTH 1050Organization and Resources: Community and Personal Strategies2
HLTH 1070Teaching and Building Capacity2
HLTH 1100Coordination, Documentation and Reporting1
HLTH 2010Legal and Ethical Responsibilities1
HLTH 2020Communication and Cultural Competence2
HLTH 2040Health Promotion Competencies3
Two elective courses 2000 level or higher. See recommended list of courses under the Public Policy Concentration.8
Total Credits21

Public health majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing HLTH 4800W Senior Seminar in Public Health. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).