Public Health Education

  • PHE

    What is Public Health Education?

    The Bachelor in Public Health Education degree at Kennesaw State University is designed to:

    Focus on improving quality of life and overall well-being of individuals, worksites, and communities through behavioral, environmental, and policy-based initiatives.

    Prepare students with the knowledge and skills to assess community needs and design, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs.

    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.

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    Admission Requirements

    Students may initially declare an "-Interest" based major in this subject, but must still meet additional requirements to be formally accepted into the degree program.

    Formal admission into the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education program is based on the following criteria:

    • Completion of 30 overall course credits including a “C” or better in the following courses: WELL
    • 2000, PHE 2000, and PHE 2100.
      An Institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher (please note that maintaining a 2.5 GPA is required for continued program admission and entry into PHE 4750).
    • Completion of the online Public Health Education application form
    • HPE Department Referral
      Completion of a current Public Health Education course check sheet (which must be signed by your advisor and includes planned courses of study).
      Click here for more information on the PHE application process

    General Education Core Curriculum Requirements Specific to This Major

    Area D2: 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.