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Undergraduate Program Bachelor of Science in Health, Public Health

The Department of Public Health offers a Public Health concentration with a minor in Health Education (Bachelor of Science in Health BSH). The purpose of the Public Health program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level public/community health positions, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification, and graduate studies. The UNF Public Health Program is dedicated to providing a quality educational experience through excellence in research, teaching, and service and with meaningful partnerships with the local public health community.


The curriculum includes coursework in the five core areas of Public Health and the health education/promotion specialization. The five core areas of Public Health include: social and behavioral aspects of public health, biostatistics/research, epidemiology, health services organization, and environmental health. The health education/promotion specialization is grounded in the social and behavioral core of Public Health and focuses on assessing community needs and planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs designed to improve health and lifestyle of all people guided by research findings and theories of health behavior. Students also take courses on priority health issues including nutrition, fitness, mental and emotional health, sexuality education, substance abuse and violence prevention. Students will focus on promoting healthy behaviors and preventing both chronic and infectious disease and injury, while learning the theories and research methods necessary in the profession. Public Health programs take place in a variety of settings that include government agencies, healthcare facilities, non-profit health agencies, hospitals, work sites, and schools. Public Health educators are employed with a range of job titles such as health educators, wellness coordinators, patient educators, health promotion professionals, trainers, community organizers, health communication specialists, grant writers, research scientists, and health program managers.

Program Policies

  1. For full-time students, the program is at least four semesters once the student has enrolled in the HSC 3032 Foundations of Public Health course. All prerequisite courses must be completed before a student can enroll in HSC 3032. Every fall and spring semester, a maximum of 60 students will be enrolled in HSC 3032 on a first-come-first-served basis. Because of the high demand in Public Health, there is usually a wait-list for this course.


    Suggestions for students:

    • Meet with BCH advising early and often.
    • Complete all program prerequisites early and always register for coursework as soon as you are able.
    • Take HSC 4730 Public Health Research in the same semester (or before) as you take HSC 3032.
  2. The Public Health program requires a 300 hour internship (HSC 4814) to be completed during the student's last semester of enrollment prior to graduation and serves as an opportunity for the student to put into action the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired during the degree program.
    • A pre-internship course (HSC 4800 Professional Preparation) must be completed the semester prior to the internship (HSC 4814 Public Health Practical Experience).
    • All course requirements must be completed prior to internship. Only elective courses (up to two) may be completed with the internship experience (HSC 4814 Public Health Practical Experience).
    • Students will be required to have a University-sanctioned level II background check prior to enrolling in internship (HSC 4814 Public Health Practical Experience). This program follows the College's policy on background checks. *Students are expected to follow UNF's Student Code of Conduct Self Disclosure on Violation of Criminal Law.
  3. All prerequisites, requisites, core courses, major, minor, and major elective courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
  4. Students are allowed a maximum of one unsuccessful attempt (grade of D or F) on any requisite, core, major, or minor course in the Public Health program. If a student receives a grade of D or F on a second course or second attempt at the same course, the student will be dismissed from the Public Health Program and not readmitted. *Incomplete grades that are not completed by the schedule will also be considered a failing grade.
  5. A student will be denied admission or re-admission to the Public Health Program if the student is on either probation or suspension, or has left the university on either probation or suspension.
  6. Public Health students are required to complete all major requirements (HSC 3032, 3713, 4800, and 4814) at UNF. Students will not be given credits toward the major for these courses if they are taken at another institution.

Health Science: Public Health (Bachelor of Science in Health)

Program Description for Health Science

Major: Health Science Concentration: Public Health Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health

Prerequisites (25 credits)

Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher

PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYX012 is an acceptable substitute for PSY2012.

MAC1105 (GM) College Algebra (3 Credits)

MACX105 is an acceptable substitute for MAC1105.

STATISTICS Elementary Statistics Course

STAXXXX is an acceptable substitute for STA2014 or 2023. Recommend STA 2014 or STA 2023

CHEMISTRY General Chemistry I with Lab

Prerequisite: MAC1105

MCB2010C Microbiology (4 Credits)

MCB X010C, MCBX013C or any Microbiology with lab
Prerequisites: BSC1010c and CHM1025/1025L or CHM2045/2045L.

BSC2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)

BSC X085C, BSCX093C or any Human Anatomy and Physiology I course Prerequisite: BSC1010c

BSC2086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Credits)

BSC X086C, BSCX094C or any Human Anatomy and Physiology II course Prerequisite: BSC2085c

Requisites (3 credits)

Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher

HSC2100 Personal and Public Health (3 Credits)

Core Requirements (15 credits)

Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher

HSC3500 Epidemiology (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: STA2014 or STA2023

HSC4730 Public Health Research (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: STA2014 or STA2023

HSC3555 Human Diseases (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: BSC2085c and BSC2086c

HSA4111 U.S. Health Care System (3 Credits)

HSC4210 Environmental Health (3 Credits)

Major Requirements (15 credits)

Must be completed with a C grade or better
All General Education, Foreign Language, Prerequisite, Requisite, Core, Major, and Minor requirements must be completed prior to internship. Only Elective courses may be completed with internship (HSC 4814). You must petition to take any Electives with internship.

HSC3032 Foundations of Public Health (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: successful completion of all program prerequisites. Offered in fall and spring semesters only.

HSC3713 Plan and Eval Health Programs (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: HSC3032 and HSC4730. Offered in fall and spring semesters only.

HSC4800 Professional Prep in Pub Healt (3 Credits)

  • HSC4800 must be completed the semester prior to HSC4814.
  • Effective 2019, offered in fall and spring semesters only

HSC4814 Public Health Practical Experi (1-9 Credits)

  • Must be completed in the last academic semester of enrollment.
  • Internship placement sites outside Jacksonville area are not available. Exceptions are granted in the rare cases of extenuating circumstances and are left to the discretion of BSH Program Committee.

Minor Required

Health Education minor is required for the Public Health concentration (15 credits).

  • HSC4102 Physical Activity and Public Health (3 credits)
  • HSC4133 Sexuality Education (3 credits)
  • HSC4134 Mental and Emotional Health Ed (3 credits)
  • HSC4150 Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (3 credits)
  • HSC4234 Health Education for Healthy Eating Guidelines (3 credits)

Major Electives (3 credits)

Major Electives must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

SELECT 1 course with HSC Prefix

Electives must be 3000/4000 level courses.

Free Electives (9 credits)

Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Free electives can be with any prefix and at any level (1000-4000).
Hours previously used to meet any program requirements can not be applied to this elective area. Students must have a minimum of 120 total credits to graduate.

ELECTIVES Select 9 hrs (1000-4000) level