Public Health

What is Public Health?
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of entire populations.  Public Health professionals engage in research, disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases. 

Public Health at BMCC
The Public Health degree focuses on preparing you to transfer to a senior college program in Public Health. You will student the history, philosophy, and core concepts of public health service.  In addition, you will learn the basic concepts of scientific inquiry and evidence-based research applied to public health service.   The Public Health degree is a specialized degree that will set you on the path to becoming a Public Health professional.   

Careers Paths in Public Health
Upon completion of your bachelor’s degree in Public Health, you can pursue an entry level position as any of the following:

Continuing Your Education 
You can transfer to CUNY colleges such as York, Hunter, Lehman and Brooklyn College or to private schools such as Long Island University Brooklyn and Hofstra to major in Public Health.

Required Common Core

English Composition 6
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning1 3
Life and Physical Sciences1 3
Total Required Common Core 12


Flexible Core2

Creative Expression 3
Individual and Society 3
Scientific World1 6
U.S. Experience in its Diversity 3
World Culture & Global Issues 3
Total Flexible Core 18
Total Common Core 30


Curriculum Requirements

HED 110 Comprehensive Health Education 3
HED 275 HIV/AIDS: Public Health Implications 3
HED 280 History and Principles of Public Health 3
HED 285 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health 3
HED 290 Principles and Practices of Behavior Change 3
HED 295 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 3
HED 296 Applied Biostatistics in Public Health 3
XXX xxx General Electives 3
Choose 6 credits from the following: 6
HED 201 Health Education and Exercise 3
HED 202 Drug Use in American Society 3
HED 210 Contemporary Health Issues 2
HED 220 Human Sexuality 3
HED 225 Health Concerns of Women 3
HED 230 Consumer Health Survey 3
HED 235 Nutrition for Health 3
HED 240 First Aid, Safety and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 3
HED 250 Stress: Awareness, Understanding & Management 3
HED 260 Wellness and Cardiovascular Care 3
HED 270 Health Perspectives of Death and Dying 3
HED 476 Cross Cultural Health Education Peru-US 3
Total Curriculum Credits 30
Total Program Credits 60

1 These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.
2 No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.

Please note, these requirements are effective the 2018-2019 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.

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