Public Health Curriculum

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The BS in Public Health curriculum is designed to help you grow as a confident and skilled advocate, capable of influencing a healthier, more educated public. The program’s interactive coursework covers emerging research, trends, and solutions that can act as long-term prevention of an issue on a widespread scale — like the eradication of disease.

Key Content Areas

A Simmons education will prepare you to think and lead within your area of focus and beyond. Our undergraduate experience includes courses in a variety of key content areas — such as science, culture, social history, and the arts — that represent different ways of thinking about the world and approaching complex topics. These learning opportunities within and across disciplines prepare our graduates to solve a wide range of challenges in their lives, careers, and communities.

Like many of our students who are continuing their academic journey with Simmons, you may have transferable credits that fulfill key content area requirements. Be sure to submit all academic transcripts for review — we accept up to 96 transfer credits.

Program Requirements

Below are the public health course requirements. As a student in this program, you will complete core courses plus a capstone experience — which can be your choice of an internship, independent research project, or thesis.

Public Health Course Requirements

Public Health Course Requirements
Course # Title Credits
PH 101 Introduction to Public Health 4
BIOL 113 General Biology 4
CHEM 110 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry 4
SOCI 241 Health, Illness, and Society 4
BIOL 104 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
BIOL 221 Microbiology 4
SOCI 245 Global Health 4
STAT 118 OR
STAT 227
Introductory Statistics OR
Intermediate Statistics: Design & Analysis
4
COMM 312 Health Communications 4
PH 201 Introduction to Epidemiology 4
PH 345 Health Systems & Policy 4
BIOL 246 OR
SOCI 239
Foundations of Exercise and Health OR
Introduction to Social Research
4
  Electives (2) 8

Capstone Requirement

Students complete their capstone requirement by taking our Public Health Seminar in addition to one of the following: a one-semester internship, a one-semester research experience, or a two-semester thesis. All students will create a presentation and submit an internship paper, research paper, or research thesis as the final products of their capstone experience.

Capstone Requirement
Course # Title Credits
PH 347 Public Health Seminar 4

Capstone Option 1: Internship

Capstone Option 1: Internship
Course # Title Credits
PH 370 Internship 4

Capstone Option 2: Independent Research Project

Capstone Option 1: Internship
Course # Title Credits
PH 350 Independent Study 4

Capstone Option 3: Thesis

Capstone Option 1: Internship
Course # Title Credits
PH 350 Independent Study 4
PH 355  Thesis 4

Graduate Study Opportunities

The Department of Public Health has matriculation agreements in place for master’s programs in public health with Boston University School of Public Health (Select Scholars Program) and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Interested students should discuss these options with the chair of the Department of Public Health once enrolled in the program.