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Bachelor of Science in Health, Public Health (BSH-PH)

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BSH and MPH Program Vision and Mission


The Department of Public Health offers a Bachelor of Science in Health (BSH) with a Public Health concentration and required minor in Health Education. The purpose of the Public Health program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level public 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 BSH-PH program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the curriculum is aligned with the CEPH required foundational domains and competencies, and cross-cutting concepts and experiences. The program is also aligned with the eight competencies delineated by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and focuses on assessing community needs and planning, implementing and evaluating health programs designed to improve the health and lifestyle of all people guided by research findings and theories of health behavior. Students also take courses on nationally identified priority health issues through the health education minor. Students will focus on promoting healthy behaviors and preventing chronic and infectious disease and injury, while learning the theories and research methods utilized in the profession. Public Health programs take place in a variety of settings that include government and 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, health coaches, health promotion professionals health communication specialists, patient educators, community organizers, grant writers, research scientists, and health program managers.

Program Policies

  1. For full-time students, the program is at least three 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. Because of the high demand in Public Health, there is usually a waitlist for courses.

    Suggestions for students:

    • Meet with BCH advising early and often.
    • Complete all program prerequisites early.
    • Always register for courses as soon as your time ticket allows.
    • 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 and specifically self disclosure of 23. Violation of Criminal Law. 
  3. All prerequisites, requisites, core courses, major, minor, and major/free 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 deadline 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.
Contact BSH Program Director