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Public Health

For 2018 and prior Catalog Years, this Major was referred to as Health and  Wellness Promotion. 
Those students should meet with an Advisor to determine whether to update their catalog designation to 2019 and/or how to navigate any differences in curriculum.

Health and Wellness Promotion

New students interested in this degree program should select a major in "Public Health" on their ApplyTexas application.


Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health is a broad-based degree that prepares students to use specialized knowledge and skills for disease prevention, including epidemiology, environmental health, health disparities, health communications and social marketing, behavior science, and health program planning to promote individual, community, and public health. 

Graduates of this program play a vital role in health promotion teams in public health agencies, industries, non-profit organizations, various clinical settings, and other health-related settings with specializations in obesity, and diabetes prevention, epidemiology, mental health, substance abuse prevention, public policy, environmental health, maternal, child, and adolescent health, and corporate wellness, among others.

Completion of this program may also lead to further education opportunities in community and public health, health promotion, allied health, dental, and medical graduate programs. Upon degree completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) exams, as well as Health Coach certification exams.


CHES logo

Visit the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing website to learn more about professional certification.

 

Declaring This Major

Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.

To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated.  In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.

Minor Options

This degree program requires a Minor.
A full list of minors is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.


Statements of Understanding

Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.


Sequencing and Degree Plan Checksheets

NOTE:  Information included on checksheets is subject to change. 
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit.  Additionally we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.

2019 Catalog

2018 and Prior Catalogs


Transfer Planning

NOTE:  These resources are intended to help you PLAN AHEAD, so be sure to check these before taking transfer coursework whenever possible.

Students planning to earn college credit at another institution for eventual transfer to Texas State should refer to the Transfer Planning Guide for confirmation of which lower-level transfer coursework may be applied toward degree requirements in this specific program.

Additionally, the Transfer Equivalency Guide can be used to determine how any transfer course will be evaluated, regardless of specific degree program.


Internship

The PH 4660 Health Education Internship course is a degree requirement and consists of 480 hours working with a health organization or agency to complete a semester-long project applying public health and exercise sports science concepts to a community health setting.  Opportunities exist in public/community health, employee wellness, and community wellness.

The course is writing intensive and can be completed in a fall or spring semester only after
1) completion of all other degree required coursework;
2) grades of 'C' or better earned in PH 4100, and PH 4640; and
3) with a minimum 2.50 Major GPA.

Students declared with the Health and Wellness Promotion major should enroll in PH 4100 Professional Development in Health and Wellness Promotion in the semester prior to their internship.  In this 1-credit-hour seminar course, students will learn about internship sites and the process for securing an internship, as well as working closely with one of the internship supervisors to identify potential organizations that meet their interests and professional goals. Sites are not limited to the Austin/San Marcos area; interns have been placed across the United States and even internationally.

Students needing more information can contact Dr. McDonald at jackie.mcdonald@txstate.edu.


Minimum Requirements for Graduation

All Texas State students must meet the University's minimum Grade-Point Requirements for graduation [Texas State GPA of 2.0, GPA of 2.25 in the major(s), GPA of 2.0 in the minor(s)].

ADDITIONALLY FOR THIS PROGRAM:

  1. A 2.5 Major GPA is a required prerequisite for continued degree progress.
  2. Grades of 'C' or higher in the following courses are required prerequisites for degree progress:
  • PH 1320, PH 2340, PH 4336,  PH 4100, and PH 4640

Additional Opportunities

Join Eta Sigma Gamma.
This student organization aims to elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally trained men and women in the Health Science discipline. 

Join Healthycats.
You should consider joining Healthycats if you have a desire to work with the Texas State community, motivation to increase knowledge of health, and a sincere concern for the overall being of yourself and other students.

 


Course Substitution Requests

You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.

If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.

The instructions below are specific to the Health & Wellness Promotion and Public Health degree plans.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.

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