Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education degree program allows students significant flexibility to select coursework from within the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, as well as related coursework across campus that pertains to their personal interests in the public health education field. All students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education will be eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Concentrations


Community Health

The Community Health Education concentration enables students to blend public health education, communication, human services, nursing and sociology courses in their professional preparation. Health education specialists who work in community health settings, design, implement and evaluate programs at the individual, group, institutional, community and system-level to improve community health indicators. Health education specialists also act as a resource on health information and advise on health policy.

Worksite Health Promotion

The Worksite Health Promotion concentration enables students to blend public health education, communication, business and leadership courses in their professional preparation. Health education specialist who work in the business and industry setting, plan and coordinate programs in areas such as nutrition, fitness, weight control, smoking cessation, hypertension, and stress management. In addition to assisting employees to maintain or improve their health, they also advise companies on health policies.

Health Coaching and Patient Education

The Health Coaching and Patient Education concentration enables students to blend public health education, communication, human services and sociology courses in their professional preparation. Health education specialists who work in health care and medical insurance settings, plan and coordinate programs in areas such as nutrition, fitness, weight control, smoking cessation, hypertension, and stress management to improve patient health literacy. In addition to program planning, health education specialists also counsel clients to implement theoretically based behavior modification interventions.

Coursework


General Education Requirements (43 Credit Hours)

(see KSU Undergraduate Catalog)

Must take MATH 1107 Introduction to Statistics
Must take CHEM 1211/L General Chemistry I and CHEM 1212/L General Chemistry II

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (17 Credit Hours)

PHE 2100 - Introduction to Public Health Education
HPE 2250 - Functional Anatomy and Physiology
HS 2300 - Cultural Competence
PHE 2400 - Behavior Theory & Applications
CSH 2500 - Nutrition for the Professional
ES 2300 - Medical Terminology

Upper Division Major Requirements

Public Health Education Core (30 credit hours)

PHE 3400 - Disease Prevention & Management
PHE 3850 - Fundamentals of Program Planning
PHE 4200 - Community & Worksite Health
PHE 4300 - Environmental Health Issues
PHE 4350 - Methods of Public Health Education Research
PHE 4500 - Epidemiology
PHE 4600 - Program Implementation and Evaluation
PHE 4650 - Health Coaching and Patient Education
PHE/NURS 3330 - Health Systems and Health Policy
STAT 3125 - Biostatistics

Public Health Education Capstone (12 credit hours)

PHE 4750 - Public Health Education Seminar and Internship

Required Public Health Education Content Courses (12 credit hours)

Select four of the following courses:
HPE 3250 - Family Health & Sexuality
HPE 3300 - Contemporary Health Issues
HPE 3600 - Child & Adolescent Health Issues
HS 3750 - Death, Dying & Bereavement
NURS 4422 - Women & Health
NURS 4430 - Gerontological Nursing
PHE 2900 - Peer Health Education
SOCI 2251 - Social Problems
SOCI 4200 - Drugs, Alcohol & Society
SOCI 4443 - Medical Sociology

Related PHE Skill Courses (6 credit hours)*

Select two of the following courses:
COM 2205 - Organizational Communication
COM 3320 - Health Communication
HPE 2140 - Fitness Development & Assessment
HS 2400 - Interviewing Skills for Health Profession
HS 3400 - Community Intervention
LDRS 3000 - Foundations for Leadership
NURS 4423 - International Health Policy
MGT 3100 - Management & Behavior Sciences
MKTG 3100 - Principles of Marketing
SPAN 2032 - Spanish for Health Professionals
*Other 3000-4000 Level Course(s) with Approval of PHE Program Coordinator and/or HPE Department Chair

Total Program Hours: 120 Credit Hours (plus University-Wide Requirements)

University-Wide Degree Requirements
(see KSU Undergraduate Catalog)

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