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Public Health

Historically, public health initiatives have improved the lives of people worldwide.   Today’s public health professionals utilize a multidisciplinary approach in promoting and preserving a healthy quality of life for all populations – individuals, families, communities, and nations worldwide. The Moravian Public Health major is an interdisciplinary curriculum preparing the student for diverse careers and graduate studies in public health.

The curriculum provides learning experiences which expose students to concepts such as advocacy, community dynamics, critical thinking, cultural context, ethical decision-making, networking, organizational dynamics, professionalism, teamwork, research methods, education, and policy development.   Required and elective courses provide learning related to each of the Healthy People 2020 determinants of health: policymaking, social factors, health services, individual behaviors, and biology and genetics.  The curriculum focuses on real and current public health issues enabling the student to meet challenges present upon graduation. Also the curriculum provides students with opportunities to network and apply their knowledge with practicing public health professionals.

As prerequisites to the program, students must complete the following courses preferably by the end of sophomore year:

  • BIOL 103 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Math 107 Elementary Statistics OR Econ 156 Economics and Business Statistics
  • ECON 152 Principles of Economics (M4)
  • PSYC 207 Lifespan Development

The Public Health major consists of 10 course units.

Core Courses

  • HLTH 110 Public Health
  • HLTH 230 Epidemiology
  • ECON 211/HLTH 211 The Economics of Health and Health Care (U1)
  • HLTH 321 Global Health or NURS/HLTH 322 Nursing of Populations at High Risk for Health Problems
  • HLTH 218/NURS 218 Writing about Health (writing intensive)

Students will select one course unit from each of the following determinants of health categories:

Social Factors:

  • ENVR110 Introduction to Environmental Studies (M5)
  • MGMT/IDIS 250 Moral Marketing (U2)
  • HIST 260 Environmental History (U1)
  • IDIS 165 Life Walk of Justice (M3) (same as REL 165, SOC 165)
  • IDIS 213 Impact of Technology on Diet and Disease (U1)
  • IDIS 216 Intersection of Culture and Healthcare (M5) (same as NURS216)
  • PHIL 257 Bio-ethics and Social Justice (U2)
  • PHIL 267 West African Philosophy:  Akan Ethics (M5)
  • POSC 127 East Asia and the Future (M5)
  • Or a Bioethics Course

Biological Factors:

  • BIOL 205 Pathophysiology
  • BIOL 206 Microbiology for Health Sciences
  • BIOL 210 Genetics
  • ENVR 112 Environmental Science (F4)

Students will select two course units as electives:

  • HLTH 231 Nutrition
  • HLTH 240 Health Behavior
  • HLTH 310 Health Policy
  • HLTH 330 Environmental Health
  • HLTH 340 Program and Evaluation

All students must complete two ½ unit public health internships (HLTH 386.2 and HLTH 387.2) during the senior year.

Public Health Minor Requirements

The minor in public health requires five full course units.

Core Courses (3 units):

  • HLTH 110 Public Health*
  • HLTH 230 Epidemiology
  • HLTH 321 Global Health or HLTH 322

* HLTH 110 is included for all students, except students with a major in nursing.  Students in nursing complete an additional elective unit, chosen from the list below.

Plus two full unit electives

  • HLTH 231 Nutrition
  • HLTH 240 Health Behavior
  • HLTH 340 Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HLTH 330 Environmental Health
  • NURS 360/(HLTH 360) Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare (U2)
  • HLTH 310 Health Policy