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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The B.S. Public Health degree program prepares graduates for careers in health administration, community health and other public health disciplines, as well as for graduate study. The program offers two concentrations: Community Health and Health Administration. All students complete the public health major requirements and pursue additional training in their concentration area. Before declaring Public Health as a major, students must first apply and be accepted to East Tennessee State University.

The curriculum has been recently re-structured to infuse the program with several additional applied/hands-on lea rning opportunities including the ESSENTIALS course and Skills and Encounters courses. The culminating experience for the program is a semester-long internship that is designed to advance the practical skills of students and to prepare them to enter the workforce.

The program enjoys exceptionally high student and alumni satisfaction rates and remarkable job placement rates. As one of the most established B.S. Public Health degree programs in the nation, our program serves as a model for undergraduate training in public health. The program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

If you are interested in pursuing this degree, but are not yet eligible to apply, we strongly urge you to contact Taylor Dula, Academic Advisor. 

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities. Students completing the community health concentration are eligible to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialing exam.
Health services managers plan, direct and coordinate health services. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective health services administrators in a variety of settings including hospitals and health systems, clinics, medical groups, long-term care facilities and public health agencies. Students completing the health administration concentration with a minor in management and an internship at a long-term care facility may sit for the Tennessee State Licensing Exam for Nursing Home Administrator.
Eligibility for Admission Consideration

Eligibility for Admission Consideration

Admission to the B.S. in Public Health program of study is a competitive process and separate from the student's admission to ETSU. A limited number of students are admitted annually. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of academic record and written personal statement.

Candidate Admission Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for consideration for admission: 

  1. Submission of complete department application by admission deadline.
  2. Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the applicant's last 30 credit hours of college-level coursework.
  3. Be within 8 credit hours of completion of general education core curriculum.

Admission to the Public Health Program of Study:

Admission to the Public Health program of study is a competitive process and based on the following criteria:

  1. 40 points: The higher of the applicant's overall GPA or GPA in the last 30 hours of completed college-level coursework, calculated at the end of the fall semester in which the applicant has applied to the program. Example of grade point average conversion: 3.2 grade point average = 32 points.
  2. 20 points: Resume and written personal mission statement as evaluated by admissions committee.

Composite scores for students on this 60 point scale will be the criteria for admission based on available space.

For additional information and/or an admissions packet please e-mail Taylor Dula.

Retention/Progression Policy:

Public Health students will be allowed to progress in the Public Health major as long as all Public Health core and concentration courses are completed with a grade of C or better. Progression status will be evaluated at the close of each semester. Students receiving a grade below a C in any core or concentration course will be placed on probationary status in the College of Public Health. If those students wish to repeat the course and progress in the program, they must file an appeal with the Public Health Undergraduate Coordinator. A student with probationary status who receives a second grade below a C in any core or concentration course will not be permitted to progress in the Public Health major. For additional information, contact the program's undergraduate academic advisor.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences, established in 1964 and located in the College of Public Health in Lamb Hall, is a multidisciplinary department offering a variety of courses concerning those sciences relevant to the human body and human health, including Microbiology, Immunology, Pathology, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology. The department offers the B.S. degree and Honors in Discipline in Health Sciences with two concentrations, Microbiology and Human Health. In addition, minors in Health Sciences and Microbiology are offered. Before declaring Health Sciences as a major, students must first apply and be accepted to East Tennessee State University.

All students who pursue a degree in Health Sciences must first apply and be accepted to East Tennessee State University. The Human Health concentration of the BSHS degree has an admissions process. 

Why a Career in Health Sciences?

Why a Career in Health Sciences?

  • Make a difference in people's health through research and services
  • Human Health is the fastest growing major in United States
  • Excellent earning potential
  • Career flexibility to become a microbiologist, medical professional or an allied health professional
  • Career opportunities both in academics and in industries

Median annual earnings of the Microbiologists were $66,260 in May 2012. The middle 50 percent earned $67,840. The highest 10 percent earned more than $117,690. The Human Health concentration is primarily for students who plan on pursuing graduate level training in health sciences. For more career information, see Microbiologists at the U.S. Department of Labor's site.

The four-year B.S. in Health Sciences (concentration in microbiology) provides the general education core, sciences, and clinical laboratory education courses necessary for career-entry preparation. Following the successful completion of the program, students receive a B.S. degree in Health Sciences. Honors in Discipline is available in this concentration.

The four-year B.S. in Health Sciences (concentration in Human Health) provides the general education core, sciences, and microbial diseases- related courses with laboratory components necessary for pre-med and careers in allied health sciences. Following the successful completion of the program, students receive a B.S. degree in Health Sciences. Honors in Discipline is available in this concentration.  

What Do Graduates Do?

What Do Graduates Do?

  • Medical, veterinary, and clinical microbiologists work to maintain the health of people and animals by identifying organisms that cause disease.
  • Environmental microbiologists are concerned with microorganisms that cause pollution and those that can degrade pollutants.
  • Public Health microbiologists monitor and control communicable diseases that might spread through our water systems, food supply, or atmosphere.
  • Immunologists study the immune systems' response to infectious agents. This includes the study of allergy, vaccines, better ways to diagnose infections, and transplantation of organs and tissues.
  • Virologists work to find out how viruses can infect plants and animals, and how they, in some cases, cause tumors.
  • Mycologists investigate how fungi cause diseases, produce cheeses, breads, antibiotics, and fermented drinks.
Where Do Graduates Work?

Where Do Graduates Work?

  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Public health agencies - federal, state, and local
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • Research laboratories
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Quality control laboratories
  • Food industries
  • Academic institutions

The Department of Environmental Health was formed in 1964. The B.S.E.H degree program is fully accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection and Accreditation Council and was the first in the nation to be professionally accredited and reaccredited.The purpose of our department is to prepare environmental specialists by increasing understanding of interrelationships between environmental factors and human health.

Environmental health service needs are complex and increasing because of changes brought about by economic and technological advances. Technical specialists in environmental health require a comprehensive education in basic and applied sciences. The B.S.E.H. also provides strong preparation for graduate studies.

What is Environmental Health?
Environmental health is the study of how environmental factors can impact human health, and how to identify, prevent, and control these effects.Environmental health specialists use a broad background of scientific, technical, and behavioral knowledge and skills to investigate, evaluate, and eliminate environmental conditions that may be harmful to people or communities. After studying the health problems and needs of the community, they plan and implement control programs in a variety of areas including ambient noise, hazardous substances, solid wastes, land use, pests, and housing.
Environmental Health Professionals protect human health and safety by:
  • Maintaining a safe supply of food and drinking water; Degree Competencies
  • Discovering the mechanisms of environmentally related diseases such as insects, rodents and other animal carriers of disease;
  • Treating and disposing of solid and toxic wastes;
  • Reducing air, water, food and noise pollution;
  • Ensuring safe schools, playgrounds and workplaces by controlling physical, biological, and chemical hazards.
Where Do Graduates Work?
  • Federal government
  • State and local government
  • Industry
  • Education
  • Armed Forces
Emergency/Disaster Response

Program InformationThis minor equips the student with the resident knowledge of reacting to and operating in a rapidly deteriorating environment caused by a major natural or manmade disaster or emergency. 

For more information, contact Taylor Dula at (423) 439-4826 or mckeehan@etsu.edu.

Environmental Health

 Program InformationThe Environmental Health minor addresses the complex changes brought about by economic and technological advances.

For more information, contact Chuck Patton at (423) 439-5243 or pattonc@etsu.edu.

Health Sciences

 Program Information Health Sciences is a minor encompassing a variety of courses concerning those sciences relevant to or implicating the human body and human health.

For more information, contact Dara Young at (423) 439-4458 or youngdc@etsu.edu.

Microbiology

Program InformationMicrobiology is a minor emphasizing biological properties and natural activities, key concepts and mechanisms of the infectious disease processand immunity.

For more information, contact Dara Young at (423) 439-4458 or youngdc@etsu.edu.

Public Health

Program InformationThe Public Health minor unites courses from both the Community Health and Health Services Administration concentration to provide a foundational knowledge of public health.

For more information, contact Taylor Dula at (423) 439-4826 or mckeehan@etsu.edu.

Safety

Program InformationThe objective of a minor in Safety is to allow students in other disciplines to supplement their major knowledge with safety training.

For more information, contact Chuck Patton at (423) 439-5243 or pattonc@etsu.edu.

 

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