Public health is an exciting field that concentrates on assuring and improving population health, and protecting against threats to health. Public health covers a broad range of disciplines and issues, including such topics as environmental pollution, access to health insurance, avian influenza, bioterrorism, and obesity.
The College of Public Health offers two undergraduate programs in public health, a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Global Public Health minor
Effective Autumn 2012, Ohio State’s College of Public Health offers a new Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree. The BSPH degree at The Ohio State University College of Public Health focuses on public health issues in the US and internationally. The program will expand learners’ knowledge and comprehension of issues affecting humans worldwide.
Global Public Health Minor
The minor can serve as a precursor to further study in public health, other health professions, or any fields in which the health of persons and populations is a relevant concern. In addition, public health is of interest for its own sake, as a component of a rigorous liberal arts education.
The minor in global public health requires 15 semester hours of course work plus one prerequisite course in statistics (either Statistics 1350, 1450 or an equivalent). The courses may be taken in any order. All courses in the minor are also available as electives to any interested undergraduate.
Prerequisite (minimum of 3 credit hours)
One introductory course in statistics (Statistics 1350, 1450, or equivalent) must be taken before or concurrent with the required course in epidemiology. No other prerequisites are required for the minor or for any of the required courses in public health. A minimum grade of C- must be earned in the prerequisite statistics course.
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
PUBHLTH 2010 (400) Introduction to Public Health (3 hrs)
PUBHEPI 2410 (510) Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs)
Any two of the following three courses (the other may be used as an elective):
PUBHEHS 3310 (530) Current Issues in Environmental Health (3 hrs)
PUBHHBP 3510 (520) The Role of Behavior in Public Health (3 hrs)
PUBHHMP 4650 (550) U.S. and International Health Care (3 hrs)
Electives (minimum of 3 credit hours)
Any letter-graded course in the College of Public Health available for undergraduate credit is acceptable as an elective (i.e., courses graded S/U are not eligible). Courses from outside the College of Public Health that have a focus on analytic methods or issues related to population health also may be approved as electives. A list of courses already approved for this purpose is provided below, and others will be added as they are approved.
Students or academic units may propose additional courses for inclusion in the minor. These will be reviewed by the Office of Academic Programs and Student Services in the College of Public Health and approved as appropriate. Courses used as electives in the public health minor may not count toward student's major.
Students are required to make an appointment with a College of Public Health academic advisor in order to declare the Global Public Health minor. To schedule an appointment, students should call the Office of Academic Programs and Student Services at (614) 292-8350 and request an appointment with Guy Smalley, the advisor for the undergraduate major and minor.
The Undergraduate Research Office helps students get started and plan for undergraduate research.
For undergraduate students in the College of Public Health interested in research with faculty in the College, students are encouraged to fill out the undergraduate research interest form and submit the form to the faculty member with whom students plan to approach for research.