Public Health

The MMU graduate with a BS in Public Health will be prepared to engage in addressing the world’s most pressing health problems. The multi-disciplinary study of Public Health at Mount Mercy University includes improving and protecting the health of individuals, families, communities and populations both locally and globally. The MMU graduate will acknowledge that public health initiatives improve global health, affect environmental health, reduce the impact of natural disasters and global epidemics, address health disparities and create healthier communities. The MMU graduate may explore employment in public health agencies, health care environments, and human service agencies as well as be prepared for graduate programs, law school, and further medical professional programs. A student majoring in nursing, social work, business, science, or health care may find a minor in Public Health an excellent complement to these majors. The Public Health major or minor will gain skill in critical analysis, strategic communication, advocacy, activism, global and community awareness, and health policy development. The student majoring or minoring in Public Health at Mount Mercy University will be highly encouraged to engage in service learning and community volunteerism while pursuing this degree. 

Major

Choose one:4 - 4.5
Biology Of Human Concern
Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry I
and Biostatistics and Scientific Investigation I
Basic Microbiology
CO 101Oral Communication3
PS 101Introductory Psychology3
SO 122Introduction To Sociology3
HS 200Organization of Health Care Services3
HS 201Quality Patient/Resident Care3
HS 210Introduction to Public Health3
HS 215Introduction to Epidemiology3
HS 220Health Literacy3
HS 320Health Care Law, Regulations and Compliance3
HS 399Special Topics: Health Care3
HS 415Health Care Informatics3
SO 235Social Inequalities3
Internship3 - 6
Internship in Health Care
Choose one:3 - 4.5
Global Environmental Issues
History Of US Environmentalism
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Choose one:3
Medical Sociology
Health Psychology: Health & Wellness Applied
Total Hours49-54

Academic Requirements for the Public Health Major

All public health majors must achieve a minimum grade of C- in all major courses. This applies to equivalent courses transferred from other institutions.

Minor

HS 200Organization of Health Care Services3
HS 210Introduction to Public Health3
HS 215Introduction to Epidemiology3
Select two of the following:6
History Of US Environmentalism
Globalization and Human Survival
Quality Patient/Resident Care
Essentials and Practice in Health Care Navigation
Health Literacy
Spiritual and Cultural Perspectives in Health Care Management
Health Care Law, Regulations and Compliance
Health Care Informatics
Financial Issues in Health Care Organizations
Social Inequalities
Medical Sociology
Aging In America
Basic Helping Skills
Total Hours15

Academic Requirements for the Public Health Minor

All public health minors must achieve a minimum grade of C- in all major courses. This applies to equivalent courses transferred from other institutions.

The following is the typical sequence of courses required for the major*:

Freshman
FallHoursWinterHoursSpringHours
BI 123, 125, or 15014Holistic Health Domain3CO 1013
Portal3 SO 1223
Writing Competency4 History Domain 3
PS 1013 MA 1353
  AR 1013
 14 3 15
Sophomore
FallHoursWinterHoursSpringHours
HS 2003Elective3SO 2353
HS 2013 SO 240 or PS 2593
PL 2693 EN 1333
Elective3 HS 2103
Elective3 Elective3
 15 3 15
Junior
FallHoursWinterHoursSpringHours
Global Awareness Domain3Elective3HS 3203
Elective3 BI 225, HI 278, or SW 3004.5
HS 2153 Elective3
HS 2203 Elective3
Elective3  
 15 3 13.5
Senior
FallHoursWinterHoursSpringHours
Elective3Elective3HS 3993
Religious Studies Domain3 Elective3
Internship3 ME 4501
Elective3 HS 4153
  Elective3
 12 3 13
Total Hours: 124.5

Note: Elective courses could be used for a second major, a minor, a course of interest, internship or study abroad experience.

Note: See the Curriculum section for more information on Portal, Competency, Domain, and Capstone courses.

*Disclaimer

The course offerings, requirements, and policies of Mount Mercy University are under continual examination and revision. This Catalog presents the offerings, requirements, and policies in effect at the time of publication and in no way guarantees that the offerings, requirements, and policies will not change.

This plan of study represents a typical sequence of courses required for this major. It may not be applicable to every student. Students should contact a department faculty member to be sure of appropriate course sequence.