Public Health

Associate of Science Degree

You can earn an associate of arts degree with a concentration in public health. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 18 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HOEC 1050 Nutrition
Study of the basic principles of nutrition in health and disease throughout the human life cycle.
3
HLTH 1060 Comprehensive Medical Terminology
This course establishes a solid foundation of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, abbreviations, medical terms and symbols. It emphasizes understanding the medical vocabulary as it applies to the anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic procedures of the human body.
3
HLTH 1210 Community Health Worker
This course is designed for members of the general public who want to be trained as Community Health Workers (CHW ) to conduct safe and effective outreach to vulnerable populations for medical personnel or health care organizations. CHWs will implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. The course is designed to meet the skills necessary for community health workers in a public health organization, health care facility or other health-related agency.CPR and First Aid Certification required.
3
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3
HPER 2200 First Aid and CPR for the Healthcare Provider
Study and application of the principles and techniques involved in the administration of first aid and basic life support for healthcare providers. This course focuses on the students who provide healthcare to patients in a wide variety of settings including in-hospital and out of hospital settings. The course deals with prevention of accidents, emergency first aid care and treatment including CPR and AED for the healthcare provider that can be given until the services of emergency personnel are available. This course meets all standards for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and the BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR and AED training courses.
3
HPER 2310 Community Health
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the principles of community health. Knowledge and techniques used in identifying and solving community health problems are emphasized.
3

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science & Social Science 3-6 Credit Hours

select at least one - Must have 9 credit hours TOTAL from Behavioral & Social Science, English/Literature, and Fine Arts & Language with at least 3 credit hours from Behavioral & Social Science and 3 credit hours from English/Literature
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3-6 Credit Hours

select at least one - must earn a C or above - Must have 9 credit hours TOTAL from Behavioral & Social Science, English/Literature, and Fine Arts & Language with at least 3 credit hours from Behavioral & Social Science and 3 credit hours from English/Literature
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre
An introduction to the forms and functions of the dramatic arts within a historical perspective. Includes an introduction to basic theatre skills as well as an introduction to a range of dramatic literature.
3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
ENGL 1520 Comparative Mythology
Introduces students to mythological and folkloric materials from a variety of cultural traditions, including, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, and Arthurian and Celtic. Themes within the course structure will encompass Creation myths, gods and goddesses, the Fall of Humankind, the Heroic ideal, the Afterlife, and rites of passage.
3
ENGL 2030 Creating Poetry I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Includes feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2040 Creating Poetry II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2050 Creating Stories I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2060 Creating Stories II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2070 Technical Communications
Covers both written and oral technical communications including, but not limited to, technical library research and semi technical or technical explanations of scientific and engineering topics.
3
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, drama and memoir. By employing critical reading and thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
3
ENGL 2110 Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to mainly, but not limited to, American poetry from hearing and reading aloud and experiencing poetry as an art to be enjoyed. Course includes a wide variety of reading: traditional poets in American canon, avant-garde poetry, Midwest poetry as well as women's poetry.
3
ENGL 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
THEA 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
ENGL 2150 American Literature to 1865
Critical reading and evaluation of writers of prose and poetry from the colonial period to 1865. Emphasizes such writers as Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau, and Native American writing.
3
ENGL 2160 American Literature after 1865
Covers American writers from 1865 to the present, such as Whitman, Twain, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Eliot.
3
ENGL 2200 British Literature to 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from 700-1800 following its development from Beowulf to the Romantic period with emphasis on poetry and essay forms.
3
ENGL 2210 British Literature after 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from the Romantic movement to the present day, including poetry and the essay with works by representative novelists.
3
ENGL 2720 Introduction to Literature of the Great Plains and the American West
The study, through written literature of fiction, nonfiction and poetry of the territory west of the Missouri River, especially that expanse called the Great Plains. Study would include both the early people and those who attempted to displace them.
3
ENGL 2730 The Novel and the Movie
Readings in fiction and viewing of films based on or elaborating on that fiction with class discussions on the relationships between the fiction and the film. Written response to reading and viewing is expected.
3

Fine and Performing Arts 0-4 Credit Hours

select one if needed - Must have 9 credit hours TOTAL from Behavioral & Social Science, English/Literature, and Fine Arts & Language with at least 3 credit hours from Behavioral & Social Science and 3 credit hours from English/Literature
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3
ARTS 1050 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the 14th Century. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 1060 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
A survey of major works of art in all media from the 14th Century to the present. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
FREN 1200 Elementary French I
Introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of French.
4

Mathematics 6 Credit Hours

Math 2170 required - select one additional
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1140 Intermediate Algebra
Development of the real numbers as a working replacement set for equations and expressions. Main emphasis is placed on algebraic operations related to polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, exponential expressions, and logarithmic expressions. Concepts of relations and functions are introduced allowing for further study in math.
4
MATH 1150 College Algebra
This course is the study of relations, functions and their graphs, equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities.
3
MATH 1220 Trigonometry
Study of circular and trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, solutions of triangles, inverse trigonometric functions, graphs, complex numbers.
3
MATH 1600 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
This course is a study of analytical geometry and single variable calculus. Topics includes limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, integrals, and applications of integrals.
5
MATH 2010 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Covers differentiation and integration of inverse trigonometric and hyperbolic functions. It also looks at techniques of integration, infinite series, select topics from analytic geometry, and polar coordinates.
5
MATH 2170 Applied Statistics
The course is an introduction to basic probability and statistical methods that are used in a wide variety of disciplines. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions, methods of statistical inference and bivariate relationships.
3

Natural Science 8 Credit Hours

required
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 2250 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Introduction to the form and function of the human body. Including organization, basic chemistry, cells, tissues, skin, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and introduction special senses.
4
BIOS 2260 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Introduction to the form and function of the following human body systems: continuation of the special senses, endocrine systems, blood and cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, metabolism, urinary system, fluid electrolyte and pH balance, and reproductive systems.
4

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will enable students to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace and society. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will also enhance the students' listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Technology 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
INFO 1010 Fundamentals of Information Technology
Overview of the basic concepts of information technology and computer systems of all sizes, including hardware, software, and processing methods. This course includes an introduction to electronic spreadsheet, database management, presentation, and word processing software through the use of the Microsoft Office Suite. Basic keyboarding skills are essential.
3
INFO 1100 Microcomputer Applications
Covers the command and functions available on microcomputers including a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a database. Basic keyboarding skills are essential.
3
OFFT 1500 Microsoft Office
This course will give the student practical experience in operating the word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics portions of the Microsoft Office suite.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

required - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 12-13 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 2460 Microbiology
Study of microbiology with emphasis on structure of microbial cells, their nutrition and growth, control of growth, genetics and genetic engineering, metabolic and biosynthesis activity, and host-parasite interactions. Accompanying laboratory study emphasizes microbiological techniques including microbial control and manipulation.
4
HPER 2300 Stress Management
Course designed to combine theory with practical applications necessary to manage stress and promote wellness. Topics include but are not limited to, communicating, thinking, feeling, playing and working, self-responsibility, breathing, sensing, eating, moving, and finding meaning.
3
HUSR 1010 Introduction to Human Services and Counseling
An introduction to the field of human services and counseling which includes the study and practice of theories, principles, and techniques of counseling. Helping skills that are discussed and practiced include at least four of the following: active listening, reflective feedback, summarizing, self-disclosing, displaying empathy, confronting, establishing rapport, and communicating at the client's comprehension level. The historical and current theories of counseling are also explored. Counseling theories include at least 4 of the following: Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Cognitive-Behavioral, Existential, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Behavior, Feminist, Reality, SFBT, Narrative.
3
HUSR 2020 Medical and Psycho-Social Aspects of Chemical Use
This course is the study of physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of chemical use, dependence, and abuse; classification and basic pharmacology of drugs and their physiological effects; assessment and drug testing. Etiological, behavioral, cultural, demographic, and spiritual aspects and belief systems concerning alcohol and drug use; processes of dependence and addiction; and signs, symptoms, and behavioral patterns will be discussed.
3
MATH 1025 Math for Health Care Professionals
Designed for nursing and health care profession majors. Covers general development of skills involving computations of fractions, decimals, ratios, percents, and basic algebra equations. Basic systems of measurement are used to calculate dosages between metric, apothecary and household systems. Basic mathematical computations are used to reconstitute medications and prepare irrigating solutions.
3
NURS 1110 Health Assessment and Health Promotion I
The focus of this course is on basic health assessment, history taking skills, effective communication, health promotion and illness prevention by using holistic nursing assessments for well clients. Using a developmental perspective, the course will provide the student with the opportunity to develop beginning knowledge and skills necessary to assess and care for the health status of the client by collecting health history, performing a physical assessment on well clients across the lifespan while using appropriate clinical judgment. The content builds upon the student's knowledge of sciences and humanities, as related to the holistic aspects of health. Assessment will focus primarily on recognizing normal, with some introduction to deviation of normal findings. The course provides supervised practice in the laboratory setting to assist the student with developing a foundation of skills, caring, and competence in the clinical setting.
2
NURS 2100 Health Care Ethics
This course focuses on contemporary ethical issues that affect health care practice. A review of the major theories related to ethics and sound ethical decision making in health care are discussed. Major topics of discussion include social, cultural, spiritual, gender, end-of-life, professional, and health delivery issues. This course prepares students to incorporate the concepts and principles of ethics within health care practice.
3

Note! Note to Current Students

We strongly recommend that you review your course schedule with your advisor and consult the college catalog for specific program requirements.