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2020-2021 Springfield College Catalog 
2020-2021 Springfield College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health

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Program Information

Public health is defined as “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals”. 

Public Health is a broad field that attracts students with a range of interests and talents. Students earning an undergraduate degree in public health will learn to assess and improve population health at many levels using evidence-based strategies. The skills and knowledge gained through the study of public health are applicable to all clinical health professions, and are also important for careers that relate to health indirectly or on a broader scale. 

Students with undergraduate training in Public Health are qualified for entry-level positions in organizations including nonprofits, government, consulting, and advocacy organizations, and often pursue graduate education in public health or go on to clinical or other graduate programs. Graduates of public health programs become researchers, clinicians, policy makers or lawmakers, community planners or organizers, infectious disease specialists, educators, administrators, or can apply their training in any number of other fields.

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Public Health

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change

Contact Information

For more information about this major, contact Dr. Sofija Zagarins, Assistant Professor of Public Health, at (413) 748-3482 or at szagarins@springfield.edu, or contact the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

I. Curricular Requirements

IA. Core Curriculum (40 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being. 

For specific requirements, see the Core Curriculum Program Requirements - Undergraduate Students (40 credits)   section.

To view the general education requirements for students entering Springfield College before Fall 2020, Click Here   

II. Public Health Selectives (6 Credits)

III. Quantitative Reasoning Selectives (6 Credits)

Select 2 of the following:

VI. Recommended Minor

Students may choose to complete one of the following minors, which represent concentration areas in the field of Public Health: 
  - Community Nutrition Minor  
  - Environmental Studies Minor  
  - Health Care Management Minor  
  - Health Promotion Minor  
  - Social Justice Minor   

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