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Public Health

Alice Hausman, M.P.H., Ph.D., Chair
1700 N. Broad St.
Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Public Health Main Office Number: 215-204-8726
Public Health Fax: 215-204-1854
www.temple.edu/publichealth

 

The Department of Public Health's curriculum prepares students for diverse careers in the public health field that focus on creating, implementing, and evaluating interventions and programs designed to improve health status and quality of life for all individuals.  Accredited by CEPH (Council on Education in Public Health) as one of the few undergraduate public health programs in the country, the department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in public health for undergraduate students in which students study the broad range of public health concerns, including individual disease prevention and injury/harm reduction behaviors, distribution and development of disease through epidemiological assessment and community program development, implementation, and evaluation.  Students learn to use educational interventions to provide health information, gain experience in assessing the needs of target populations, clarify program goals and objectives, and develop strategies to motivate and involve their clients/patients in educational interventions.  The department has a national reputation in all curricular areas and meets appropriate accreditation standards.  Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam.  They can also apply for Temple's accredited Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Epidemiology, or Master of Science in Environmental Health programs.

The Public Health major trains entry-level health educators to provide frontline preventive health information, services, and health behaviors interventions at the community level, particularly in communities with high-risk populations.  Graduates typically work in: voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, corporate work sites, community health organizations, family planning clinics, and managed care facilities.

Mission of the Department

The mission of the department emphasizes the principles and practices of applied social-behavioral science of public health by creating and evaluating applied interventions, programs, curricula, and policies designed to improve the health status and quality of life of individuals and communities. The department strives to contribute to the rapidly-changing knowledge base in the applied social-behavioral sciences. The department’s strong service mission ensures that faculty and students are available to the communities served by Temple University; thus the department emphasizes scholarly service to regional, state, and national institutions and organizations, including schools, hospitals, and voluntary and government health agencies. Because of the pressing needs for health services in the region, coupled with our urban location, the program emphasizes public health and health education for diverse populations.

The Department of Public Health follows the requirements set forth by Temple University regarding General Education. The department has also established additional core and cognate requirements for all Public Health majors.

 

University Requirements

All students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.

New freshman students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum.

New transfer students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

 

Public Health Requirements for New Freshmen

Freshman Year, Fall Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Total     13

Freshman Year, Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Elective   General Elective 3  
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx Arts 3 or 4 GA
GenEd 08xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Public Health 1101 Introduction to Public Health 3  
Total      15-16   


Sophomore Year, Fall Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Kinesiology 1223 Anatomy & Physiology I 4  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Public Health 1104 Nutrition and Health 3  
Public Health 1105 Society, Drugs & Alcohol Perspectives 3  
GenEd 08xx Quantitative Literacy (Recommend SOC 0825) 4 GQ
Total      17  

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Kinesiology 1224 Anatomy & Physiology II 4  
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
Public Health 1106 Human Sexuality 3  
Public Health 2101 Disease Prevention & Control 3  
English 2596 Writing for Business & Industry 3 WI
Total      16  

Junior Year, Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
STOC 1111 Public Speaking 3  
Public Health 2102 Environmental Health 3  
Public Health 3105 Teaching Techniques 3  
Public Health 3496 Introduction to Public Health Programs 3 WI
Computer &
Information Sciences
1055 Computers & Applications 4  
Total      16  

Junior Year, Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 3101 Epidemiology 3  
Public Health 3102 Research Methods 3  
Public Health 3104 Professional Seminar 3  
Public Health 3106 Teaching Health 3  
Public Health 3596 Administration of Public Health Programs 3 WI
Total      15  

Senior Year, Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 3103 Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals 3  
Public Health 3185 Internship I 5  
Public Health   Public Health Elective 3  
Healthcare
Management
3501 Introduction to Health Services System 3  
Elective   General Elective 3  
Total      17  

Senior Year, Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 4185 Internship II 9  
Public Health   Public Health Elective 3  
Elective   General Elective 3  
Total      15  
         
Minimum Total Credits Required for Degree 124  



 

Public Health requirements for new Transfer Students

 

1st Semester Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 1101 Introduction to Public Health 3  
Public Health 1105 Society, Drugs & Alcohol Perspectives 3  
Public Health 2102 Environmental Health 3  
STOC 1111 Public Speaking 3  
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
Total      15  

2nd Semester Spring        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 1104 Nutrition & Health 3  
Public Health 1106 Human Sexuality 3  
Public Health 2101 Disease Prevention & Control 3  
English 2596 Writing for Business & Industry 3 WI
Healthcare
Management
3501 Introduction to Health Services System 3 IN
Total      15  

3rd Semester Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 3102 Research Methods 3  
Public Health 3104 Professional Seminar 3  
Public Health 3105 Teaching Techniques 3  
Public Health 3496 Introduction to Public Health Programs 3 WI
Computer &
Information Sciences
1055 Computers & Applications 4 SB
Total      16  

4th Semester Spring        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 3101 Epidemiology 3  
Public Health 3106 Teaching Health 3  
Public Health 3185 Internship I 5  
Public Health 3596 Administration of Public Health Programs 3 WI
Total       14  


5th Semester Fall        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 3103 Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals 3  
Public Health 4185 Internship II 9  
Public Health   Public Health Elective 3  
Total      15  

 


 

Minor in Public Health

Foundation Requirements      
Department Course # Course Name Hours Sem. Co-/Prereq.
Public Health 1101 Intro to Public Health 3 F/S  
Public Health 1201 Contemporary Health Issues 3 F/S  
Public Health 2102 Environmental Health 3 F/S  
Public Health 3101 Epidemiology 3 F/S Math 1013/Psych 1167/Soc 1167
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psych/Human Behavior 3 F/S  
Subtotal     15    

 

Public Health and Society Electives    
Choose one of the following:    
Department Course # Course Name Hours Semester
Public Health 1104 Nutrition & Health 3 F/S
Public Health 1105 Society, Drugs & Alcohol Perspectives 3 F/S
Public Health 1106 Human Sexuality 3 F/S
Public Health 2101 Disease Prevention & Control 3 F/S
Subtotal     3  

 

General Public Health Electives      
Choose one of the following:      
Department Course # Course Name Hours Semester RCI
Public Health 1103 International Health 3 F/S IS
Public Health 2201 Health Communication 3 F  
Public Health 2203 AIDS & Society 3 Inter-session/Summer
Public Health 2204 Diet & Weight Management 3 Summer  
Public Health 2202 Man-Made Disasters 3 F (online)  
Public Health 3103 Counseling Techniques 3 F/S  
Subtotal     3    
           
Total Credits for the Minor 21    

 


 

Certificate in Emergency Management with Special Populations

 

Temple University’s Department of Public Health, in collaboration with Temple’s Center for Research Preparedness Education and Practice (C-PREP), is offering classes for preparing the public health workforce and emergency managers to address the needs of special populations in a competency-based and practice-oriented framework. In emergency management a special population is any group of people that needs extra support to be prepared for an emergency, as well as those needing community support to successfully respond and recover in disasters or emergency situations. These classes are for practitioners in emergency preparedness and response, public health professionals, undergraduate students, and recent graduates with an interest in emergency preparedness and response. This program consists of a four- or five-course sequence, depending on previous coursework. For current public health majors and minors at Temple University, two of these courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements. The certificate program can be finished in either one or two years part time, and the courses are all offered online so that students from all over the globe and at different stages in their career can take advantage of the program. This certificate will be listed on your transcript upon completion. FEMA Higher Ed calls this program a national first in their April 11, 2008 program report.

 

PRE-REQUISITE (1): This course may be waived if the student can demonstrate either NIMS certification or similar coursework taken at a college or university with a grade of B or better.

            Public Health 2207: Principals of Emergency Management: A Public Health Perspective

CORE (3): The core courses will address the basic competencies in emergency preparedness, response, and mitigation. Within these core competencies the needs of special populations will be addressed.

            Public Health 2202: Man-Made Disasters: Radiological, Chemical & Biological Terrorism

            Public Health 2208: Natural Disasters: Response and Recovery

            Public Health 2215: Special Populations: Strategic Community Outreach

ELECTIVE (1): The electives will allow the student to customize the certificate program to meet their educational objectives and professional needs within the rubric of emergency preparedness and special populations. This includes the option to take graduate-level electives as appropriate. Recommended electives include:

            Public Health 2201 or Public Health 5105: Health Communication; graduate or undergraduate credits; in-person

            Public Health 2205 or Public Health 5004: Stress and Change; graduate or undergraduate credits; online

 

For More Information Contact:

Sylvia Twersky-Bumgardner, MPH
Temple University Department of Public Health
Phone: 215-204-9316
Email: sylviatb@temple.edu


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