Mar 20, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Public Health

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Purpose and Focus

The purpose of the School of Public Health is to prepare individuals to become effective public health practitioners, health care managers and administrators, and other health professionals who will competently identify public health problems and needs, develop effective mechanisms to address those needs, and promote appropriate services for the protection of human health. The School of Public Health is actively involved in educational, research, and outreach programs in public health with the expectation to be nationally recognized as innovative, comprehensive in nature and scope, cooperative in character, and ensure that graduates can serve as catalysts to promote population health in Nevada, the nation and the world.

The School of Public Health offers two undergraduate degree programs:  Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration and Policy and a Bachelors of Science in Public Health.


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities,
Association of University Programs in Health Administration,

Healthcare Administration Major

Students in the undergraduate Healthcare Administration program gain a broad view of the health care delivery system and health care management practices. They develop skills through the curriculum and internships to prepare them primarily for entry level management positions in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services.

Admission Policies

 A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and completion of nine credits of department prerequisite courses is required for admission to the major.

Pre-requisite courses to be taken before applying for admission to the Healthcare major include: MATH 124 or higher; PSY 101 or SOC 101, or ECON 102; HCA 175 or HCA 201.

Students are required to have a 2.5 GPA in the major requirements.

Public Health Major

The public health degree program provides students with a comprehensive program of study in preparation for careers and advanced degrees in public health. Public health majors take a set of core classes that span the broad scope of health promotion, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities. Students will also complete a set of classes in one of four areas of emphasis: environmental and occupational health, social and behavioral health, epidemiology and biostatistics, or public health generalist. All students will complete their studies with a culminating experience of either a public health practicum or a senior thesis.

Admission to the Major

A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and completion of general education math and science requirements.


Students are encouraged to seek advisement in the Advising Center regarding general education and program  requirements. Enrollment caps may apply. Program of study sheets are available in the College of Health Sciences Advising Center. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain current information relative to departmental policies and program of study.

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