BSPH in Community Health Curriculum

BSPH - Community Health Curriculum

To complete this degree, you will take a minimum of 35 credit hours of General Education courses, 69 credit hours of coursework in the major, and 16 credit hours of general electives that together total at least 120 credits. The specific distribution of classes is as follows:  

  • General Education Courses

    Take 13 courses for a total of 35 credits

    Core Communication

    Take 2 courses for a total of 6 credits

    • COMM R110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 credits)
    • ENG W131 Reading, Writing and Inquiry (3 credits)


    Analytical Reasoning

    • Choose 2 courses for a total of 6 credits from the approved Analytical Reasoning list. Please note that MATH M118 or higher and PBHL B300 are required for the Community Health curriculum.


    Cultural Understanding

    Take 1 course for a total of 3 credits


    Life and Physical Sciences

    Take 2 courses for a total of 6 credits

    • BIOL N212 Human Biology I (3 credits)
    • BIOL N214 Human Biology II (3 credits)


    Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

    Take 3 course for a total of 9 credits


    Please note that PBHL S120 is required. 

    Community Health General Education Requirements

    Take 3 courses for a total of 5 credits

    • ENG W231 Professional Writing Skills (3 credits)
      OR
      BUS X204 Business Communication (3 credits)
      OR
      TCM 220 Technical Report Writing (3 credits)
    • BIOL N213 Human Biology Lab I (1 credit)
    • BIOL N215 Human Biology Lab II (1 credit)


    Basic Science Requirements

    Basic science courses not approved in the Community Health Program include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • BIOL N100
    • BIOL N107
  • Community Health Courses

    Take 13 courses for a total of 39 credits

    Each of the following four courses:

    • PBHL A316 Environmental Health Science (3 credits)
    • PBHL E322 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • PBHL H202 Policy and Management in Population Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL S315 Community Health (3 credits)


    Each of the following nine Community Health core courses:

    • PBHL S220 Navigating the Maze to Healthy Living (3 credits)
    • PBHL S305 Careers in Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL S330 Theoretical Foundations of Community Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL S340 Cultural Competency in the Promotion of Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL S399 Research Methods in Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL S410 Booms, Busts, Shapes and Shifts: Why Population Matters to Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL S415 Applied Health Promotion Methods (3 credits)
    • PBHL S425 Social Determinants of Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL S499 Applied Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
  • Required Electives

    Take 10 elective courses, five must be from the Public Health Electives list. It is recommended that all 10 be taken from the Public Health Electives list.

    Public Health Electives

    *Indicates preferred courses.

    • PBHL S105* Public Health & Film (3 credits)
    • PBHL S240* Peer Health Education and Leadership (3 credits)
    • PBHL S320* This Stress is Killing Me: Stress and Its Effects on You (3 credits)
    • PBHL S422* Coaching for Health and Wellness (3 credits)
    • PBHL S492 Research in Public Health (1-6 credits)
    • PBHL A416 Environmental Health Policy (3 credits)
    • PBHL E210 Zombie Apocalypse and Other Doomsday Infections (3 credits)
    • PBHL E323 Chasing Disease: Field Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • PBHL E335 Pandemics Lurking in the Shadows: Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases (3 credits)
    • PBHL H315 High Risk Health Behaviors and Harm Reduction (3 credits)
    • PBHL H330 Global Public Health (3 credits)


    Non-Public Health Electives

    • ANTH A337 African American Healthcare (3 credits)
    • ANTH B370 Human Variation (3 credits)
    • COMM C392 Health Communication (3 credits)
    • COMM C400 Health Provider-Consumer Communication (3 credits)
    • ECON E414 Economics of the Non-Profit Sector (3 credits)
    • HIST H364 History of Medicine and Public Health (3 credits)
    • HPER H195 Principles and Application of Lifestyle Wellness (3 credits)
    • HPER FN30300 Essentials of Nutrition (3 credits)
    • HPER F255 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
    • HPER F258 Marriage and Family Interactions (3 credits)
    • HPER H305 Women’s Health (3 credits)
    • HPER H315 Consumer Health (3 credits)
    • HPER H317 Drug Use in American Society (3 credits)
    • PSY B307 Tests and Measurements (6 credits)
    • PSY B394 Drugs and Behavior (6 credits)
    • REL R384 Religion, Ethics, and Health (2 credits)
    • SHRS W220 Aging and the Older Person (3 credits)
    • SHRS W250 Health and Rehabilitation Systems Across the World (3 credits)
    • SHRS W340 Psychological Aspects of Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SHRS W361 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits)
    • SHRS W370 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
    • SOC R321 Women and Health (3 credits)
    • SOC R382 Social Organization of Healthcare (3 credits)
    • SOC R385 AIDS and Society (3 credits)
    • SOC R410 Alcohol, Drugs, and Society (3 credits)
    • SOC R415 Sociology of Disability (3 credits)
    • SOC R485 Sociology of Mental Illness (3 credits)
    • SPEA V221 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 credits)
    • SPEA V362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 credits)
    • SPEA V458 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • General Electives

    Take a total of 16 credits

    • Additional courses beyond the IUPUI Common Core, General Education, and Major requirements to total 120 credit hours.

Grade Point Average Requirement

In order to be admitted to this degree program a student must have earned a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative and previous semester GPA. In addition, students must maintain at least a 2.5 semester and cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in good academic standing and graduate from this program.

Program Deviations

Course substitutions and course waivers must be approved by the Faculty Advisor.