Public Health+

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BECOME A PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

Make a difference in the health of communities. Mercy College PLUS's Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares you to fulfill the national, state, and local demand for more professionals to address global and environmental concerns related to infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, natural disasters, chronic diseases, injury and violence, and air and water quality issues that impact the health of every community.

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$46,080

Median Wage1

4

Start Dates Per Year: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer

45

Hour Practicum Experience

1 YEAR

Major Length2

11%

Projected Job Growth from 2018 - 20281

OUR BODY OF WORK

PUBLIC HEALTH+

Students in our Bachelor of Science in Public Health major study disease prevention and control, community health promotion, and social, behavioral, cultural, and regulatory factors that can impact the health of local and global populations. As a Public Health student, you will gain an in-depth understanding of health promotion program-planning, grant writing, environmental health, and public health advocacy.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health curriculum has been reviewed by experts in the field of public health and was developed to align with the responsibilities and competencies for health education specialists. Our 120-credit hour program prepares you for a career in public health or graduate education. During the final semester, you will take a review course in preparation for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Having a CHES certification credential is highly desired in the public health arena.

Accreditation
ACCREDITED BY THE HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION (HLC)
 Mercy College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
 
STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT
 Mercy College of Health Sciences is recognized by the State of Iowa as a participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
Faculty

Our full-time PhD faculty team up with specialists in specific public health fields from surrounding health agencies and governmental institutions to provide a comprehensive learning experience for students in this program. You will have the opportunity to learn from public health practitioners with expertise in their respective fields of study.

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Students

Earning my degree online allowed me the flexibility to be home with my children and not have to rely on expensive daycares, which would have increased the cost of earning my degree. Even though I wasn’t on campus, I was able to contact my instructors, tutors, advisors, and librarians virtually and through email.

Beth D., BSN Candidate, 2020
Practicum Experience

During your final quarter, you will apply the concepts you learned throughout your coursework in a setting alongside professionals in public health organizations. This 45-hour practicum experience is designed to give you direct insight into the many disciplines and careers that fall under the realm of public health. Our faculty and enrollment coach are here to help you in finding a practicum site that matches your professional and personal interests. Not to mention, you have the entire network of our healthcare partners at your disposal.

Tuition

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STEP ONE: COLLEGE ADMISSION
To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health major, you must first be admitted to Mercy College of Health Sciences. Learn more about admission to Mercy College. Complete our FREE online Mercy College application in just a few clicks. If you are planning to transfer credits, please visit our transfer page to learn more.

STEP TWO: PROGRAM ADMISSION
To be admitted to the Public Health major, students must:

  • Meet all Mercy College of Health Sciences Core requirements except for Servant Leadership*
  • Earn a grade of C (not C-) or higher in the following college-level courses:
                 +  Biology (3 credits)
                 +  Chemistry (3 credits)
 
*Students who have earned a previous bachelor's degree are considered to have met all Mercy College of Health Sciences Core requirements except for Servant Leadership.
 

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The following courses are required to earn your Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Additional coursework may be required depending on your individual situation. A suggested course sequence is also included, which allows you to earn your bachelor's degree in 12 months for just $10,000. Students must also satisfy all Core requirements.

QUARTER 1
PBH 180 - Intro to Public Health (3 cr)
PBH 260 - Environmental Health (3 cr)
PBH 301 - Healthcare Delivery in the United States - A Consumer Perspective(3 cr)
HCA 303 - Healthcare Economics(3 cr)
 
QUARTER 2
PBH 285 - Public Health Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (3 cr)
STA 330 - Biostatistics (3 cr)
PBH 315 - Global Health Issues (3 cr)
 
QUARTER 3
PBH 385 - Public Health Assessment and Evaluation (3 cr)
EPI 340 - Epidemiology (3 cr)
STA 420 - Research Methodologies (3 cr)
PBH 410 - Public Health Policies and Law (3 cr)
 
QUARTER 4
PBH 415 - Public Health Advocacy (3 cr)
PBH 425 - Program Planning in Health Promotion (3 cr)
PBH 440 - Grant Writing (3 cr)
PBH 460 - Practicum (2 cr)
PBH 495 - Capstone (1 cr)
 
TOTAL: 45 MAJOR CREDITS
 

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MercyPLUS offers four convenient start dates to match your needs. The next opportunity for you to enroll is right around the corner! With courses offered year-round, you can graduate quickly or take your time, depending on what matches your schedule. View our full academic calendar. 

FALL: October
WINTER: January
SPRING: April
SUMMER: July


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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Educators and Community Health Workers.
2Completion time varies depending on each student's unique situation.
 

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Apply. Graduate. Save lives. Next step before transforming into a life-saving hero: complete the form below. Your enrollment coach is waiting to answer any questions you may have.

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