B.S. Health Sciences in Public Health Specialization

Public health practitioners work for local, state and federal health agencies. They have prospects to work in community engagement, maternal and child health, and environmental health.

Program Description

This online program is designed to provide students with a foundation of information related to public health. This curriculum is designed to provide the necessary knowledge for careers in health related areas and to enhance individual knowledge about the principles of public health practice, with emphasis on history, philosophy, scope, law and regulations, and recent trends in public health so that students can move on to graduate work in public health.

Admissions Requirements/Disclaimers

Acceptance to the University does not constitute admission to the upper division Health Science Program. Students entering UWF or declaring a major in Health Sciences will automatically be placed in a pending status until they meet the requirements for admission.

  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all previously attempted college work.
  • Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students will not be admitted to the program less than one week before the beginning of the term in which they have applied.
  • Students must complete the Health Sciences Application form.

Not all states authorize online programs, if you are residing outside of Florida you will want to check the status of your state's acceptance of this program.

Federal and state regulations as well as most healthcare organization policies require employees to undergo a background check before hire.  Background checking is also required prior to placement in an internship. Please consider this when deciding on a major and career path.

Degree Requirements and Courses:

Common Prerequisites

BSC 1005+L General Biology for Non-Majors (+Lab) ** 4
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
PSY 2012 General Psychology 3
STA 2023 Elements of Statistics 3
Total Hours 13


HSC 3034 Current Issues in the Health Sciences + 3
PHC 2082 Informatics and Your Health + 3
HSC 3510 Data Analysis in the Health Sciences + 3
PHC 4101 Essentials of Public Health + 3
HSA 3111 Understanding U.S. Health Care + 3
HSC 3535 Medical Terminology + 3
HSA 4191 Health Information Systems + 3
BUL 4602 Legal Fundamentals of Healthcare and Public Health + 3
MCB 4276 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease + 3
PHC 4109 Diseases in Human Populations + 3
PHC 4140 Public Health Planning and Analysis + 3
HSC 4404 Medical Disaster Management + 3
PHC 4341 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health + 3
HSC 4050 Health Sciences Research Seminar + 3
Advisor Electives* + 18
Total Hours 60