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Public Health

Dr. Ian A. Greaves, Chair
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Ritter Annex, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Public Health Main Office Number: 215-204-8726
Public Health Fax: 215-204-1854

publichealth@temple.edu
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.  The department has a national reputation and all levels of study are accredited by CEPH (Council on Education in Public Health) ), including the Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Epidemiology (MS-Epi), Master of Science in Environmental Health (MS-Environmental Health) and Ph.D. programs.  As one of the few accredited 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 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.  They can also apply for graduate public health programs (Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Epidemiology, or Master of Science in Environmental Health) or other health professions.

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 new students starting in the 2010-2011 academic year and beyond are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) 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 or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx 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 or 09xx Arts 3 or 4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx 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 & Health 3  
Public Health 1105 Society, Drugs & Alcohol Perspectives 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx 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  
Public Health 2216 Ethnicity, Culture and Health 3  
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 3101 Epidemiology 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 3105 Teaching & Learning Process 3  
Public Health 3102 Research Methods 3  
Public Health 3104 Professional Seminar 3  
Public Health 3596 Administration of Public Health Programs 3 WI
Public Health   Public Health Elective 3  
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  
Kinesiology 1223 Anatomy and Physiology I 4  
STOC 1111 Public Speaking 3  
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
Total      16  
 
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  
Public Health 2216 Ethnicity, Culture and Health 3  
Kinesiology 1224 Anatomy and Physiology II 4  
Total      16  
 
3rd Semester, Fall  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
PSYCH/SOC 1167 Statistics for Social Sciences 3  
Public Health 2102 Environmental Health 3  
Healthcare Management 3501 Introduction to Health Services System 3  
Public Health 3496 Introduction to Public Health Programs 3 WI
Computer &
Information Sciences
1055 Computers & Applications 4  
Total      16  
 
4th Semester, Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 3101 Epidemiology 3  
Public Health 3104 Professional Seminar 3  
Public Health 3596 Administration of Public Health Programs 3 WI
Public Health 3105 Teaching and Learning Process 3  
Public Health   Public Health Elective 3  
Total      15  
 
5th Semester, Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 3103 Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals 3  
Public Health 3185 Internship I 5  
Public Health 3102 Research Methods 3  
Public Health   Public Health Elective 3  
Total      14  
 
6th Semester, Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Public Health 4185 Internship II 9  
Public Health   Public Health Elective 3  
Total     12  

In addition to Public Health requirements, transfer students will need to complete any remaining General Education (GenEd) requirements.


 

Minor in Public Health

Foundation Requirements
Department Course # Course Name Hours Semester
Public Health 1101 Introduction 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
(Prerequisite: MATH 1013, SOC 0825, PSYCH 1167 or SOC 1167)
3 F/S
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psychology & 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 respond successfully 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

  Public Health 5009:  Risk Communication; graduate credits; in-person

 

For more information, contact:

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

 


Certificate in Construction Safety Management

Temple University's Department of Public Health is offering a certificate program in Construction Safety Management. This program is designed for those who intend to seek employment as a safety management professional in the construction industry in order to reduce accidents, injuries and illnesses.

This program will enable the student to:

  • Identify and evaluate construction worksite hazards;
  • Design and employ successful safety and health measures;
  • Plan risk management activities for construction operations, and successfully integrate construction safety into all aspects of a construction project.

The Construction Safety Management Certificate is geared toward recent high school graduates, undergraduate students, the construction professional (e.g., electrician, carpenter, etc.) seeking to increase his or her knowledge of construction safety and health, and the industrial safety professional seeking to expand his or her knowledge of safety in the construction field.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED, OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety and Health course.

REQUIRED COURSES are in the Departments of Public Health and Civil and Environmental Engineering:

     1. Safety Hazards in the Construction Industry

     2. Health Hazards in the Construction Industry

     3. Construction Management for the Safety Professional

     4. Prediction and Prevention of Construction Related Accidents

     5. Construction Methods and Materials

     6. Construction Safety Management Internship

For further information, contact:

Ms. Joyce Hankins

Coordinator of Student Services

Department of Public Health

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Temple University

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: 215-204-7213

Fax: 215-204-1854

E-mail: jhankins@temple.edu

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