Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion/Master of Public Health

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalog. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

This program allows students to obtain both a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and a Master in Public Health at Daemen in five years.  The BS portion of the program incorporates five MPH courses.  By successfully completing all the requirements detailed below, a student can receive a BS in four years at Daemen and an MPH after the fifth year.

Requirements for the BS Portion of the BS Health Promotion/MPH Curriculum

1.   MAJOR AND SPECIALIZATION: 66 CREDITS

MAJOR: 31 CREDITS

BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY REQUIREMENTS – NOTE: One or more of the course options and recommended courses used to fulfill Biology and Chemistry requirements may exceed the minimum credits required. Should the student elect to fulfill the requirement with such an option, the excess credits completed will be applied to the Free Electives.

  • BiologySelect One (3):
    • BIO103 Human Biology (3) – CT OR
    • BIO109 General Biology I Lecture (3)- CT
  • Chemistry –  Select One (3-4):
    • CHE100 Chemistry for a Changing World (3) OR
    • CHE101 General Chemistry (3) – CT OR
    • CHE110 Chemistry I Lecture (4)
  • HPR102 Introduction to Health Care: Systems and Professions  (3) – CT
  • HPR103 Foundations of Health Promotion (1)
  • HPR208 Health Promotion and Education (3) – CT
  • HPR320 Community Health Education & Disease Prevention (3) – CT
  • HPR335 Critical Issues in Global Health (3) – CI
  • HPR415 Health Research Design and Methodology (3)  — CS; CT; ILIT; RP; WI
  • PH500 Epidemiology (3)
  • PH510  Psychosocial and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • Professional Practicum:
    • SELECT ONE:
      • HPR391 Professional Development*  (3)

NOTE: *CFE97 is the co-requisite to HPR391

SPECIALIZATION in COMMUNITY HEALTH: 35 CREDITS (see below for detail)

2.    CORE: 45 CREDITS

      • CMP101 English Composition (3) – CS; ILIT; WI
      • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
      • MTH124 College Algebra (3) – CT, QL
      • NSC310 Biostatistics (3) – CT
      • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3) – CI
      • Communications- Select One (3):
        •  CMP212 News Writing (3)
        • CMP217 Rhetoric: Argument & Persuasion (3)
        • CMP301 Professional Writing (3)
        • CMP311 Advanced English Composition (3)- CS; ILIT; UD; WI
        • CMP312 Creative Writing (3)
        • CMP315 Advanced Composition for Health Professionals (3) – CS; ILIT; UD; WI
        • CMP317 Journalism (3)
        • CMP318 Writing for Media (3)
      • Service Learning course or SL Add-On (3)- CR; SL
      • CORE ELECTIVES: 24 CREDITS

3.    FREE ELECTIVES: 10 CREDITS

NOTE: Courses included in any of the specializations, as well as any other Daemen course offerings selected in consultation with one’s advisor, are acceptable. Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency.

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR BS PORTION= 121 CREDITS

COMMUNITY HEALTH SPECIALIZATION: 35 CREDITS

Students will Select ONE track from the following: Community Health Education, Administration or Principles (Integrative Health and Wellness does not apply) and complete all requirements in that track. Additional courses may be allowed with the authorization of the Health Promotion Program Director. NOTE: It is strongly recommended that students in any of the three mentioned Community Health tracks consider taking BA/HPR352 Grant Writing (3) – CS as an elective.

TRACK 1: COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION

  • HPR234 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • HPR305 Communicating Health (3)
  • HPR313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3)
  • HPR330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3)
  • HPR331 Community Health Education: Outreach & Fieldwork (3)
  • HPR338 Social Determinants of Health (3)
  • PH530 Environmental Health (3)
  • Select ONE Area Below (6)
    1. MPH Community Health Education area*:
      • PH560 Community Health Education (3)
      • PH562 Assessment & Planning in Community Health Education (3)
    2. MPH Epidemiology area (6)
      • PH572 Chronic Diseases, a Lifecourse Approach (3)
      • PH574 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
    3. MPH Generalist area – select any two PH courses (6)
  • Community Heath Electives (8)

NOTE: Additional electives selected from the TWO areas below (Community Health Administration Electives and General Community Health Electives) and with advisor’s approval.

NOTE: Students that select the Community Health Education track of the Master of Public Health will select a community health elective with approval of their academic advisor,  in place of HPR330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.

TRACK 2: COMMUNITY HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

  • ACC225 Financial Accounting (3) – CT
  • HPR/MGT219 Health Systems Management (3)
  • HPR234 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • HPR311 Non Profit Management (3)
  • HPR314 Health Policy (3)
  • HPR330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3)
  • HPR338 Social Determinants of Health (3)
  • SELECT ONE of Three:
    • BA211 Effective Business Communications (3);
    • BA220 Diversity and Cross- Cultural Management (3) – AA; WI
    • MGT208 Principles of Management (3)
  • PH530  Environmental Health (3)
  • Select ONE Area Below (6)
    1. MPH Community Health Education area*:
      • PH560 Community Health Education (3)
      • PH562 Assessment & Planning in Community Health Education (3)
    2. MPH Epidemiology area (6)
      • PH572 Chronic Diseases, a Lifecourse Approach (3)
      • PH574 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
    3. MPH Generalist area – select any two PH courses (6)
  • Community Heath Electives (2)

NOTE: Additional electives selected from the TWO areas below (Community Health Administration Electives and General Community Health Electives) and with advisor’s approval.

NOTE: Students that select the Community Health Education track of the Master of Public Health will select a community health elective with approval of their academic advisor,  in place of HPR330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.

TRACK 3: COMMUNITY HEALTH PRINCIPLES

  • HPR234 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • HPR338 Social Determinants (3)
  • PH530  Environmental Health (3)
  • Select ONE Area Below (6)
    1. MPH Community Health Education area*:
      • PH560 Community Health Education (3)
      • PH562 Assessment & Planning in Community Health Education (3)
    2. MPH Epidemiology area (6)
      • PH572 Chronic Diseases, a Lifecourse Approach (3)
      • PH574 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
    3. MPH Generalist area – select any two PH courses (6)
  • Community Heath Electives (20) – Additional electives selected from the TWO areas below (Community Health Administration Electives and General Community Health Electives) and with advisor’s approval. At least 6 credits must be selected from Community Health Administration Electives

NOTE: Students that select the Community Health Education track of the Master of Public Health should not select HPR330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation as a General Community Health Elective.

Community Health Administration Electives:

ACC225 Financial Accounting (3) – CT; BA210 Legal Environment of Business (3); BA211 Effective Business Communications (3); BA220 Diversity and Cross-Cultural Management (3) – AA; WI; BA350 Business Law I (3); HSC/NUR323 The Health Care Professional and Computers (3); HPR311 Non Profit Management (3); HPR330 Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3); HPR/MGT219 Health Systems Management (3); HSM302 Health and Administrative Law (3); BA/HPR352 Grant Writing (3) – CS; MGT208 Principles of Management (3); MGT260 Introduction to Sport Management (3) – CT; MGT312 Human Resource Management (3); MGT321 Organizational Behavior and Theory (3); MKT209 Principles of Marketing (3); MKT312 Promotional Strategies (3); MKT313 Customer Relations (3); SOC/SW243 Child Welfare Policy & Services (3)

General Community Health Electives:

ABA248/L Elements of Behavior Change and Specific Behavior Change Procedures (3+1); ABA249 Intervention and Behavior Change: techniques, Structures and Implementation (3); ABA250 Research Methods, Ethics and Professional Conduct in Applied Behavior Analysis (1); BIO117 Human Nutrition (3); BIO207/L-208/L Anatomy & Physiology I-II (4/0-4/0); BIO330/L General Anatomy (4/0); BIO340/L General Physiology (4/0); CA205 Oral and Visual Presentation (3); EDU203 Learning Theory (3); EDU237 Instructional Design: Theory & Practice (3); EDU313 Foundations of Education (3); EDU319 Assessment Methods in Education (3) – ILIT; WI;HPR105 Introduction to Weight Training (1); HPR106 Introduction to Core Strengthening (1);HPR112 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3)CI; HPR200 CPR and Emergency Health Care (2); HPR201 Survey of Eastern & Western Complementary Medical Approaches (3); HPR202Foundation of Meditation and Guided Imagery (2); HPR205 Healthy Eating and Body Image (2);  HPR206 Cardiovascular Health Education (2); HPR209: Whole Food Nutrition and Living (2); HPR213 Foundations of Yoga (2) – AA; HPR214Introduction to Tai Chi (1)- AA; HPR216 Sexual Health Education (3);HPR221 Introduction to the Chakra System (1);  HPR224 Qi Gong Healing Method (1) – AA; HPR225 Healthy Relationships (1); HPR229 Holistic Lifestyle Practices (3);  HPR308 Environmental Health (3) – CT; HPR309 Community Health Nutrition (3); HPR305 Communicating Health (3); HPR313 Principles of Health Behavior Change (3);  ; HPR331 Community Health Education: Outreach & Fieldwork (3);HPR338 Social Determinants of Health (3); IND 123 Introduction to Sustainable Communities (3); IND 214 Environmental Education in the Community (3); IND 215 Service Learning for Refugees Studies (3); IND 233 History and Politics of Poverty and Homelessness (3); IND /SUST 338 Food and Agriculture Issues (3); IND /SUST 351 Urban Planning and Community Development (3); LIT 329 Imagining Trauma (3); NUR/PHI222 Healing, Holism & Spirituality in Health Care (3) – AA; NUR316 Holistic Perspectives (3) – CS; PHI203 The Question of the Human (3) – AA; PHI209 Science & Values (3); PHI 213 Reflections on Contemporary Moral Issues (3) ME; PHI321 Medical Ethics (3) – ME; PHI326 The Meaning of Care in a Technological Society (3) – CI; PSC114 Local and State Government (3)- CR; PSC 213 Sustainability and Third World Development (3) – CI; PSC214 Introduction to Refugee Studies (3) – CI; PSC325 Local Government Reform and Community Renewal (3) – CR, CT; PSY210 Social Psychology (3); PSY212 Developmental Psychology: Infancy through Childhood (3) – CT;  PSY214 Psychology of Adolescence (3) – CT; PSY216 Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification (3); PSY219* The Psychology of Mental Illness (3) – CT; PSY220 Life Span Development; PSY231 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (3); PSY301 Sexuality and Psychology of Love (3); PSY304 Counseling and Interviewing (3);   PSY306 Assessment in Psychology & Education (3);PSY308 Health Psychology (3) – CT; PSY309 Forensic Psychology (3) – CT; PSY312 Psychology of Adult Development & Aging (3) – CT;  PSY 315 Cognitive Psychology : Learning, Thinking and Problem Solving (3); PSY 380 Drugs and Behavior (3) CT; SED270 Introduction to the Nature & Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities (3);  SOC 201 Introductory Sociology (3)- CT; SOC 209 Social Problems (3) – CT; SW/SOC217* Alcoholism, Substance Abuses & Other Addictions (3); SOC224 Ethnicity, Race & Cultural Diversity (3) – AA; WI; SW226 Adolescence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding & Treatment of Adolescents (3); SOC/SW 232 The Aging Process: An Introduction to Gerontology (3); SOC/SW243 Child Welfare Policy & Services (3); SOC303 Sociology of the Family (3) – CT; WI; SOC 304 Social Class and Inequality (3) CT; SOC /SW 307 The Juvenile Justice System (3); SW/SOC327 Death, Dying and Bereavement (3);  SOC 328 Basic Training in Military Culture (3) CI, ME; SOC/SW 411 Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (3); SPA110 Spanish for Health Professions (3); SPA 210 Advanced Spanish for the Health Professional; WST 215 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)- CT; WST 216 Women’s Worlds: Global Issues in Women’s Studies (3)CI, CT;ME; WST 320 Gender and Policy in the US (3) CT

TOTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BS PORTION OF THE CURRICULUM = 121 CREDITS

Requirements for the MPH Portion of the BS Health Promotion/MPH Curriculum

NOTE: Some courses listed in the direct entry MPH will be taken concurrently with BS studies.  They are listed above.

Required Core Courses (11 credits)

  • PH520  Research Methods in Health Promotion (3)
  • PH540/L  Public Health Biostatistics Lecture and Lab (3/2)
  • PH550  Public Health Policy, Administration, and Management (3)

Required Specialty Track Courses; Choose One Track (6 credits)

COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION

  • PH564 Implementation and Evaluation in Community Health Education (3 credits)
  • PH566 Communication, Advocacy and Consultation in Community Health Education (3 credits)

EPIDEMIOLOGY

  • PH568 – Advanced Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PH570 – Advanced Biostatistics (3 credits)

GENERALIST

Choose any two courses (6 credits) from the other tracks or electives

Electives (6 credits)

Choose from electives that include topics on global health, grant writing, health disparities, community-based participatory research, public health nutrition, public health law, and others as offered or approved by the department.

Practicum (3 credits)

Under the direction of a faculty advisor, students complete a practicum in their specialty track in order to apply and to further develop their academic skills. Each practicum requires a minimum of 240 hours of documented work and a minimum number of designated weeks at the practicum site.  In line with the service learning focus of Daemen College, the practicum, regardless of track, is a concerted effort to integrate classroom learning, community, and service, providing students an opportunity to work alongside members of and in service to the community, and to begin creating a network of colleagues outside of the College.

  • PH600 Practicum – Community Health Education track
  • PH601 Practicum – Epidemiology track
  • PH602 Practicum – Generalist track

Capstone Seminar (1 credit) and Capstone Project (3 credits)

The capstone seminar (PH610) provides a supportive setting to help prepare students to identify and plan for their capstone project in their specialty track. The capstone project is a culminating experience that provides students the opportunity to synthesize, integrate, and apply their curricular knowledge to a significant public health problem in their specialty track, and like the practicum, is completed in collaboration with a community partner.

  • PH620 Capstone Project in Community Health Education
  • PH621 Capstone Project in Epidemiology
  • PH622 Capstone Project (to be taken by students in pursuit of a Generalist track)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR MPH PORTION= 30 CREDITS

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: BS (121); MPH (30) = 151 CREDITS

Program Structure

  1. This program leads to multiple degrees. Degrees are conferred separately: the BS, upon completion of all baccalaureate requirements; the MPH upon completion of the entire BS and MPH requirements.
  2. Prior to the start of the Professional phase (Year 4) of the program, all course work referenced in the first 3 years must be completed in full.

Admission to Upper Division Requirements/ Professional Phase begins at the end of 3rd year.

  1. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) minimum of 3.0.
  2. Students must successfully complete Biology and Chemistry,  Service Learning, CMP101, MTH124 (or equivalent), NSC310, HPR102, HPR103, HPR208 and HPR320, with a grade of C or higher before advancing.
  3. Only one course repeat is allowed for HPR103.
  4. Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all courses in the Health Promotion portion of the curriculum, including departmental requirements in the Major and Specialization. Students may not have any courses in this area which need to be retaken in order to earn the minimum grade of C or better.
  5. GRE is waived.

Requirements During the 4th Year

  1. Students must receive a B- or higher in all PH courses and a C or higher in HPR391 and HPR415 during the 4th year, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA)  of 3.0 in order to progress to the 5th year and official entry into the MPH program.  Students who do not achieve these requirements during the fourth year will not be permitted to continue to the 5th year of study and official entry into the MPH program.  However, a grade of C or higher in PH courses will still apply to complete requirements for the BS Health Promotion degree.   Upon completion of the BS Health Promotion or other selected degree, a student may then re-apply to the MPH program as a direct entry student and would need to retake any necessary courses and meet all MPH course grade requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of C or higher in all courses in BS Health Promotion portion of the curriculum. This includes all courses in the Major and the Specialization.
  2. A minimum grade of B- or higher in all PH courses and cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the 4th year.
  3. In the 5th year, while officially in the MPH program, a minimum grade of B- in all courses and an overall minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.  Refer to  Course Repeats, Probation, and Dismissal in the Master of Public Health section of the Graduate Catalog  for academic policies during year 5 of study.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BS/MPH, Health Promotion Community Health Specialization/Master of Public Health.