Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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.  

Taylor Dula
ETSU Admissions

Community Health Concentration


Community Health Program Information

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 Administration Program Information Concentration in Health Care Administration

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:

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:  BSPH Competencies

  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 Mike Stoots, Undergraduate Coordinator, at

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.

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