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Public Health is concerned both with health promotion as well as disease prevention.  Public Health services include assessment and monitoring the health of communities to identify health problems, the formulation of public policies in order to solve local and nation health problems, the enforcement of laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety, linking people to needed personal health services, evaluating the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of health services and assuring that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care. 

The Public Health Minor and the Bachelor of General Studies Concentration are for those interested in Public Health. They provide students with the multidisciplinary understanding needed to deal with public health issues at the local, state, national, and international level.  Coursework introduces the concepts governing the spread of diseases, techniques of disease surveillance, the impact of environmental quality and security on public health, as well as the psychological and sociological factors that affect health dynamics at the population/community scale.

Public Health BGS Concentration (30 Credits)


Required Courses  (15 Credits)
Subj Crse Title Credits
BIO 202 Human Biology (or BIO 301 Microbes and Your Health) 3
BIO/PBH 206 Epidemiology for Liberal Arts 3
BIO/PBH 228 Introduction to Public Health 3
HPE 209 Nutrition and Public Health Issues 3
PBH 494 Field Internship in Public Health 3
Required Electives (15 Credits Minimum)
Subj Crse Title Credits
*ANT 364 Medical Anthropology 3
*BIO 301 Microbes and Your Health 3
*BIS 462 Healthcare Informatics 3
*COM 464 Public Relations Crisis Management 3
*EES 323 Drinking Water Management 3
*HPE 326 Stress Management 3
PSY 319 Human Sexuality 3
*PSY 325 Health Psychology 3
SOC 250 Social Inequality 3
SOC 312 Sociology of Mental Illness 3
SWK 344 Substance Abuse 3

All courses that are associated with the Public Health programs will become crosslisted as PBH courses.

Note: Recommended that you take BIO 202 before BIO 228.
*Indicates a preferred elective.

Public Health Minor Program (18 Credits)

The Public Health Minor (18 credits required) requires an additional Field Internship in Public Health, PBH 494, Field Internship in Public Health, 3 credits.  The internship experience provided access to real life community health problems from a variety of disciplines, depending on the type of agency involved.




1. Eastern’s  LIBERAL ARTS CORE (LAC) REQUIREMENTS                                                       up to 46 credits

  LAC Tier I requirement is waived for those transferring a minimum of 27 credits of liberal arts and sciences course work that includes a math course above College Algebra and English composition.

At least two Tier II LAC courses and the Tier III LAC course must be taken through Easte


2. Your ACADEMIC MAJOR OR MAJOR/MINOR CONCENTRATIONS for the BGS degree      up to 45 credits. See here for available options or design your own BGS degree or Individualized Major. Call the School of Continuing Education for information.

 A minimum of 15-24 credits of your Major or Major Concentration must be earned through Eastern and 15 credits must be 300-level or higher.

One of the two required BGS concentrations must be from a subject in the School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern.


3. ELECTIVES                                                                                                                                       as needed
Utilize previous credits here – no matter how long ago you took them, or apply for Credit for Lifelong Learning.


                                                                                                                                    Degree  Minimum 120 credits


Note:  Within the total 120 credits required for the bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 30 credits must be earned through Eastern coursework.  Students must complete 30 credits of coursework numbered 200-level or higher and 30 credits must be 300-level or higher. 

Students who transfer fewer than 75 credits must also meet Eastern’s University Writing Competency Requirements.