Academic Catalog

Public Health (B.S.P.H.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
Marieb College of Health & Human Services
Department of Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.) degree is designed to prepare students for various careers in addressing the health and wellness needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations, at scales ranging from local to global (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, 2015). Public health includes aspects of epidemiology, environmental health, community health, emergency preparedness, health policy, health law, and health economics. Contemporary issues addressed by public health professionals include: disease prevention, natural disaster response, reducing health disparities, climate change and health, health education, tobacco cessation, diet and exercise promotion, and immunization campaigns, among many other population health-related activities.

The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates of the program for multiple pathways: employment as a public health professional; graduate study in areas such as public health, health services administration, allied health fields such as occupational physical therapy or physician assistant programs. Students are responsible for researching the admission requirements of specific graduate degree programs. Students may pursue the degree requirements on a full-time or part-time basis. Service learning experiences and a capstone project are components of the major program of study.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

For timely degree completion, students must complete appropriate milestones. Failure to meet milestone requirements may result in required major reselection. Refer to the program website or Student Guidebook for further information on milestones and progression standards.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete at least 48 of the 120 credits in the upper division (3000 - 4999 level).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C in each course where indicated. A grade of C- does not satisfy the minimum grade requirement of C.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the service-learning requirement. See:
  • Satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.


  2. Common Prerequisites
    For this major, common prerequisite courses with an asterisk (*) require prior knowledge and skills demonstrated through degree acceleration programs (e.g., the College Board's Advanced Placement Program [AP], International Baccalaureate Program [IB], College-Level Examination Program [CLEP], Advanced International Certificate of Education Program [AICE]); dual enrollment; placement exam; or college coursework.

    FGCU Course: BSC 1085C Hum Anat & Physio w/Lab I (4) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: BSCX093C or (BSCX093 and BSCX093L) or BSCX085C or (BSCX085 and BSCX085L) or ZOOX733C or (ZOOX733 and ZOOX733L) or (ZOOX731 and ZOOX731L)

    FGCU Course: BSC 1086C Hum Anat & Physio w/Lab II (4) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: BSCX094C or (BSCX094 and BSCX094L) or BSCX086C or (BSCX086 and BSCX086L)

    FGCU Course: PSY 2012 General Psychology (3) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: PSY X012

    FGCU Course: *STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3) Minimum grade of C
    Acceptable Substitute: STAX000-X999 or STAX023
    [Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]

  3. Required Courses in the Major (48 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    HSA 3150 Health Care Policy in US (3)
    HSC 3201 Healthy Communities (3)
    HSC 3202 Introduction to Public Health (3)
    HSC 3208 Health Education Foundations (3)
    HSC 3624 Global Health Systems & Issues (3)
    HSC 3661C Dynamics of Communication (3)
    HSC 4241 Needs Assmt & Program Plan (3)
    HSC 4500 Epidemiology (3)
    HSC 4555 Disease, Impairment & Function (3)
    IHS 3203 Mgmt. & Leadership in Hlthcare (3)
    IHS 4504 Research Methods in HealthCare (3)
    PHC 3320 Environmental Health Science (3)
    PHC 4031 Emerging Infectious Diseases (3)
    PHC 4069 Biostatistics in Society (3)
    PHC 4250 Public Health Preparedness (3)
    PHC 4912 Public Health Capstone (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (9 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    Select three from the following:
    HSA 3013 Mgmt for Non-Profit Agencies (3)
    HSA 3111 US Health Care Systems (3)
    HSA 4170 Financial Mgt in Health Care (3)
    HSA 4416 Social Dimensions & Issues in HC (3)
    HSC 2577 Nutri Human Health & Wellness (3)
    HSC 3133 Health and Human Sexuality (3)
    HSC 3537 Medical Terminology (3)
    OTH 3417C Musculoskeletal Anatomy (3)
    OTH 3429C Neuroanatomy & Function (3)
    PHC 4024 Applied Epidemiology (3)
    PHC 4109 Public Health Biology (3)
    PHC 4140 GIS for Public Health (3)
    PHC 4943 Public Health Internship (3)

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree

Total Credits Required: 120

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