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BS Public Health

Creating healthy people and communities

Grounded in the basic sciences with an emphasis on population health, the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree prepares students for positions in fields such as health education, epidemiology, and environmental health, across nonprofit, industry, and government sectors. Prehealth students who seek a medical or health professions degree can broaden their experience with a multidisciplinary public health curriculum.

Our commitment to you

BSPH graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and professional values required to be a well-informed and engaged citizen on public health matters, begin a career in public health, and pursue graduate study.

Knowledge

As a multidisciplinary, practiced-oriented major, the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program is designed to build knowledge across a broad array of domains to prepare students for entry-level public health jobs, graduate work, or lifelong learning. Foundational domains include:

  • Scientific knowledge in biological, life, social and behavioral sciences
  • Basic concepts of human health and disease
  • History, philosophy, values, and functions of public health
  • Determinants of health and health disparities
  • Role of data and application of quantitative reasoning
  • Health systems in the U.S. and abroad
  • Identifying and addressing population health problems
  • Project planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Health policy, law, ethics, economics
  • Health communications, and professionalism

Skills

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Public Health major will be able to:

  • Discuss the history, characteristics, roles, functions, structures, and core concepts of public health and the U.S. health system
  • Debate the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, and environmental factors that influence human health and disease and perpetuate health disparities
  • Describe the legal, regulatory, ethical, and economic dimensions shaping public health policy and practice
  • Locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information
  • Use basic statistics and perform statistical analysis in SAS, a widely-used statistical software program, to identify and describe populations’ health concerns
  • Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms, through a variety of media and to diverse audiences
  • Identify the basic tools for project management as well as population health assessment, planning and evaluation
  • Advocate for health equity, especially on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations
  • Take a stand on a controversial public health issue and support it with evidence
  • Craft evidence-based solutions that take account of the community dynamics and cultural contexts in which public health practitioners work
  • Engage in sound ethical practice while exhibiting a high degree of professionalism

Professional Values

We are grounded in Jesuit values as we pursue our mission. Specifically, we will behave in a manner consistent with social justice, collaboration, scholarship, critical thinking, advocacy, professionalism, ethical behavior, and humility. The BSPH Program seeks to instill and reinforce the public health profession’s core values:

  • Obligation to promote health and prevent harm
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Focus on communities and community-wide outcomes
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Adherence to the highest standards of professionalism
  • Celebrate diversity and respect for the rights, dignity and worth of individuals
  • Cooperate, collaborate and create solutions

Curriculum

The BSPH degree program draws on courses in ethics, environmental sciences, biology, mathematics, health care administration, social sciences, and the humanities alongside epidemiology, biostatistics, health behavior and promotion, health communication, policy, and global health. The 4-year BSPH degree program requires 121 credit hours.

The curriculum includes:

Courses

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Public Health Communication
  • Critical Thinking in Public Health
  • Health Care Policy
  • Global Health

Download a sample academic plan, that illustrates course requirements and a path to graduation for rising sophomores or juniors. If you wish to pursue the major or want to learn more, please complete the online form and get connected with Public Health faculty and staff who can answer any questions you have.

Admission Requirements

The admissions standards for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program are consistent with those put forth by the LUC Undergraduate Schools, with a required minimum GPA of 2.5 for entry into and remaining in the program. A student will declare their major in the program by the end of sophomore year by submitting an application through the online application system.

If an undergraduate anticipates having enough credits to graduate in three years, the student must apply between January 15th and March 15th of the first undergraduate year. The program will work closely with students’ First and Second Year undergraduate Advisors (FSYA) on issues of timing and structure in these specific cases.

If you decide to enter the major following the start of the third year, you will be assigned a BSPH advisor; the BSPH advisor will seek to create a course plan that allows you to graduate on time.

If you have questions regarding the BS in Public Health program, please contact Keith Kramer

For more information about deadlines and the online application, visit Undergraduate Admission.

Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.

FAQs

What is Public Health? 

Public health looks at population health holistically and how factors such as where individuals and families live, work, and play; socio-economic and educational status; availability of healthy foods, and built environments (i.e., sidewalks, bicycle and walking trails, etc.) influence overall health.   For example, a doctor may prescribe medicine to treat a patient with heart disease and prescribe an exercise regimen.  Yet if the patient does not have access to a gym or a safe area in her community to walk, a public health professional might help create policies or work within a community to help provide access to safe recreational areas.    

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health?

Given the many facets of public health, BSPH graduates can enjoy a wide variety of job options, including:

  • Public Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Research Analyst / Research Assistant
  • Clinical Research or Data Coordinator
  • Environmental or Occupational Health Specialist
  • Health Care Consultant or Administrator
  • Health Advocate
  • Project Manager
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Data Science Research Professional and Software Developer
  • Public Health Engineer
  • Quality Compliance and Improvement Specialist
  • Emergency Response or Preparedness Specialist
  • Health Communications Specialist or Public Health Journalist

Find more information about the possibilities of a public health career:

How are classes offered?

All classes are taught in-person at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.   

What is the minimum GPA requirement?

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to apply.

Is there a minor in Public Health?

No. However, if space is available, non-majors may enroll in public health courses.

Are there concentrations with the BSPH in which students can focus their coursework?

No. However, students may use their elective coursework to pursue other public health topics of interest, such as health care administration, global health, biostatistics, and environmental health.