Public and Community Health Programs
The Public and Community Health Programs offers the following majors:
BA in Community Health
BS in Community Health
Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) – offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Hudson College of Public Health, by application only
The BPH program has additional requirements, a final spring semester at the Hudson College at the OUHSC in Oklahoma City, and an application for acceptance.
These programs build from the OU core curriculum and build knowledge and skills necessary for work public health, community health, and related fields.
What Is Public and Community Health?
We focus on population health (e.g. the community, group, city level), instead of individual patient health. We want to understand what factors contribute to health, what factors contribute to injury or disease, prevent poor health outcomes, and promote healthy populations. Public health is a very broad field of study, incorporating many disciplines, to develop solutions to complex health issues (for example: access to healthcare, substance abuse, workplace injury, infectious disease outbreaks).
Which program should you consider?
Are you interested in the social sciences? Do you want to build healthy communities through research, outreach, and community partnerships? Are you interested in health management, leadership, and policy? - The BA in Community Health is right for you.
Are you interested in the natural sciences? Are you a pre-professional student wanting a career in health care? Are you interested in disease research and prevention? Are you interested in environmental and occupational health? – The BS in Community Health is right for you.
Public and Community Health students have a very broad range of career options available whether your wish to go to graduate school, professional school, or find employment after graduation. Some examples of jobs possible for students with public and community health degrees are, food inspection, safety officer, health promotion, and non-profit careers.
|BA Community Health||BS Community Health|
|S1||ENGL 1113, HIST (US), MATH, Biological Science, UCOL 1002,||ENGL 1113, HIST (US), MATH 1743, BIOL 1124, UCOL 1002|
|S2||Beginning Foreign Language, ENGL1213/EXPO 1213, Physical Science, Social Science||ENGL1213/EXPO 1213, CHEM 1315, BIOL 1134, Social Science|
Beginning Foreign Language cont, Artistic Forms, Western Civ, PHCH 2013 (Intro to Community and Public Health), free electives
|Beginning Foreign Language, Artistic Forms, CHEM 1415, PHCH 2013 (Intro to Community and Public Health), free electives|
|S2||Intermediate Foreign Language, P SC 1113, non-Western Civ, PHCH 3513 (Public Health and Healthcare Systems), B AD 1001||Beginning Foreign Language cont, P SC 1113, CHEM 3053, PHCH 3513 (Public Health and Healthcare Systems), free elective|
|S1||Humanities upper division, PHCH 3113 (Inro to Epidemiology), PHCH 3413 (Health Communication), free electives|
Intermediate Foreign Language, CHEM 3153/3653, CHEM 3152, PHCH 31133 (Intro to Epidemiology), PHCH 3413 (Health Communication)
|S2||Humanities upper division, PHCH 3213 (Health Policy, Law, and Ethics), PHCH 3313 (Health Data and Statistics), free electives||Humanities upper division, non-Western Civ, PHCH 3213 (Health Policy, Law, and Ethics), PHCH 3313 (Health Data and Statistics), free elective|
|S1||PHCH 3613 (Determinants of Health), approved upper division elective, free electives|
Humanities upper division, Western Civ, PHCH 3613 (Determinants of Health), approved upper division electives
|S2||PHCH 4013 (Community Health Capstone), approved elective, free electives||PHCH 4013 (Community Health Capstone), approved elective, free electives|
*Courses underlined are required major courses.
*Courses in bold are only in the BS-CH major. These courses are added to give students a stronger background in natural sciences and accommodate pre-professional prerequisites. For pre-nursing students, substitutions for the natural science courses may be made for nursing school requirements.
Public and Community Health Minor: View PCH minor sheet