Public Health

  • PHE

    What is Public Health?

    The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program is offered through the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education and is based on the Eight Areas of Responsibility for an entry-level health educator delineated by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, which represents a comprehensive set of competencies defining the knowledge and skills required of a health education specialist in a variety of job settings (NCHEC, 2020). The program is designed to:

    • Prepare students with the knowledge and skills to assess community needs and design, implement, and evaluate public health education programs.
    • Focus on improving quality of life and overall well-being of individuals, worksites, and communities through behavioral, environmental, and policy-based initiatives.
    • Prepare students for entry to mid-level positions in public health departments, community-based health organizations, outreach education programs, health care settings, private health organizations, and corporate wellness settings as well as advanced studies in Public Health.
    • Prepare students to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, patient care coordination, quality improvement for strategic planning and systems redesign, community engagement, community needs assessment, and health coaching.
    • Prepare students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements. Only admission to Kennesaw State University is required to declare this major.

    General Education Core IMPACTS Curriculum Requirements Specific to This Major

    T: Students can choose from CHEM 1151/L & 1152/L, CHEM 1211/L & 1212/L, PHYS 1111/L & PHYS 1112/L, or BIOL 1107/L & 1108/L

    Related Minors or Certificates Available

    • Coaching Education Certificate
    • Coaching Minor
    • Nutritional Science Minor
    • Public Health Minor


    Sample Classes

    • This course provides an overview of human diseases, including causes/risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Emphasis will be placed on the role of public health education specialists in prevention and management of diseases that are the leading causes of premature disability and death domestically and globally.

    • This course examines various community and worksite health issues. Topics include community organization, health issues of diverse populations and demographics, global and national health issues, minority health, health care and the U.S. health care system, and occupational and community safety and health.

    • This course introduces the principles, concepts, and methods of epidemiology to examine a full range of disease occurrence, including genetic, environmental and social causes of both infectious and non-infectious diseases. Epidemiological techniques to promote health and wellness and to prevent and control disease will be emphasized.

    • This course integrates health coaching and patient education concepts and principles applicable to the current healthcare system. Topics include behavior change theories, motivational interviewing techniques, individual and group coaching strategies, population based health, survey of medical issues and health information, and patient empowerment.