The power to protect. The will to do.

There has never been a more important time for Public Health professionals than now. A Public Health degree prepares you for multiple opportunities in the growing Public Health field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-third of the increase in U.S. jobs is projected to come from Public Health related job sectors. The White House announced a $7.4 billion investment in Public Health in May 2021 which is a clear indication of the importance of Public Health to this nation.

What You'll Do

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (PBHL) curriculum prepares you for the work of a Public Health professional which can ranges from addressing the health needs of people in a very specific locality to promoting health across the globe. Essentially, students will:

  • Be prepared for entry-level Public Health professions, and for postgraduate education.
  • Gain experience in global health with an option to gain study abroad experience.
  • Participate in faculty-led research that is commensurate with the prospects of a Public Health professional.
  • Be prepared to enter a master’s degree program in Public Health such as Master’s in Public Health (MPH), or Master’s in Public Health Administration (MHA).

What Can You Do with a Public Health Degree?

Public Health professionals protect, promote and assure the health of individuals, communities and national populations. Frequently, Public Health professionals play significant roles in infectious disease prevention, and management of healthcare systems, epidemic outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies. They play leadership roles in promoting environmental health, behavioral health, occupational health, maternal and child health, community health, global health, and health equity. Employment opportunities of Public Health professionals span many disciplines.

Employment opportunities of program graduates:

  • Behavioral health analyst
  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical research associate
  • Community health officer
  • Disaster specialist
  • Environmental health and safety specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health policy analyst
  • Health project manager
  • Health education specialist
  • Infection prevention specialist
  • Pandemic specialist
  • Public Health administrator
  • Quality and performance manager
  • Risk prevention manager
  • Public Health Specialist in governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Continuing education prospects of recent graduates:

  • Master’s in Public Health (MPH)
  • Master’s in Public Health Administration (MHA).
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Public Health (BS) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

Outcomes & Careers

  • $79k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an epidemiologist is $78,520.

  • $60k

    Health Education Specialist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a health education specialist is $59,990.

  • $60k

    Healthcare Social Worker

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a healthcare social worker is $60,280.

What You'll Study

Degree Map

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (PBHL) program includes coursework to prepare you for entry-level career positions in Public Health fields. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. The degree map is located below.

Required Courses 

  • BS113 Anatomy and Physiology I (4) 
  • BS114 Anatomy and Physiology II (4) 
  • BS240 Microorganisms and Their Human Hosts (4) 
  • CH181 Basic Principles in Chemistry (5) 
  • EV386 Environmental Health (3) 
  • EV443 Epidemiology (3) 
  • EV447 Fundamentals of Disaster/Emergency Management and Planning (3) 
  • EV454 Risk Assessment Applications (3) 
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3) 
  • FN360 Food Safety and Sanitation (3) 
  • FN540 Community Nutrition (3) 
  • HL120 Health Perspectives (3) 
  • HL303 Research Methods (3) 
  • HL332 Lifestyle Disease Risk Reduction (3) 
  • PB250 Career Exploration in Public Health (3) 
  • PB320 Introduction to Public Health (3)
  • PB541 Topics in Public Health (3) 
  • PB570 Public Health Senior Capstone Project (3) 
  • SC301 Foundations of Health Communication (3) 
  • TS412 Topics for Healthcare Professions (3)

Choose 15 hours

  • AG201 World, Food, and Society (3) 
  • AN315 Medical Anthropology & Public Health (3)
  • BI442 Immunology (4) 
  • BI453 Occupational Health (3) 
  • BI460 Introduction to Toxicology (3) 
  • CF124 Children's Health, Nutrition, and Safety (3) 
  • EV360 Recycling and Waste Management (3) 
  • EV387 Environmental Law and Public Policy (3) 
  • EV455 Industrial Hygiene (3) 
  • FN255 Nutrition I (3) 
  • FN310 Food and Culture (3) 
  • FN355 Lifespan Nutrition (3) 
  • FN370 Nutrition Assessment (3) 
  • FN510 Nutrition and Health Education (3) 
  • FN535 International Nutrition (3) 
  • HA510 Healthcare Performance Improvement (3) 
  • HL432 Health Promotion Programs (3) 
  • HL490 Program Planning & Evaluation (3) 
  • PB464 Maternal and Child Health (3) 
  • PB508 Essentials of Public Health Nutrition (3) 
  • PB5xx (560) Global Perspectives in Public Health (3)
  • PL354 Medical Ethics (3) 
  • PS280 Introduction to Global Issues (3) 
  • PS415 Governmental Budgeting Processes (3) 
  • PS518 Public Policy Analysis (3) 
  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3) 
  • SC406 Communication Principles of Negotiation and Conflict Management (3) 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)     
  • UI100 (1)
  • EN100 (3)
  • FN235 (3)
  • HL120 (3)
  • PB250 (3)
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (15 Hours)     
  • Program Elective (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3)

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (18 Hours)  
  • BS113/013 (4)
  • CH181/081/001 (5)
  • FN360 (3)
  • Program Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (13 Hours)    
  • BS114/014 (4)
  • PB320 (3)
  • Program Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)    
  • BS240 (4)
  • HL303 (3)
  • HL332 (3)
  • TS412 (3)
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (15 Hours)     
  • EV386 (3)
  • EV443 (3)
  • SC301 (3)
  • Progarm Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     
  • EV454 (3)
  • FN540 (3)
  • PB570 (3)
  • Program Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
Spring Semester (12 Hours)  
  • EV447 (3)
  • PB541 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3) 

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

Study Abroad Opportunity

Enquire about our Study Abroad in Global Health this summer.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Office Location
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Mailing Address
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701