Public Health, AS

Natural Sciences Division

Degree S0428
The AS degree in Public Health at Mt San Antonio College is an interdisciplinary program grounded in the biological sciences and designed to prepare students for entry level employment in public health fields. Students completing this program will exemplify a high level of health literacy and will be exposed to a large variety of disciplines.  Through this preparation, they will improve their understanding of the relationship of the environment to health, recognize and evaluate the economic impact of changing demographics on health care, identify and control disease outbreaks, and develop interventions to promote healthy behavior. Successful completion of this degree can lead to employment opportunities as a community or public health care worker, health educator, epidemiologist, and occupational and safety technician, as well as other health-related careers.  In addition, this program can provide advancement opportunities for those completing other CTE programs in health care, such as nursing. In order to ensure adequate preparation in this field and to allow for training in specialty areas, such as environmental health, program completion requires a minimum of 61 and maximum of 64 unit credits, depending on which required courses students complete.  This suggests that some students may require an additional semester or more for completion, depending on their level of preparation on entering the program.  Community college programs in public health are not yet accredited by ASPPH.  This program follows the guidelines of the ASPPH in hopes that accreditation will follow as more associate level students enter the public health workforce.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course PrefixCourse NameUnits
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
Introductory Human Anatomy
and Introductory Human Physiology
Human Anatomy
and Human Physiology
ANTH 5Principles of Cultural Anthropology3
or ANTH 22 General Cultural Anthropology
or SOC 1 Sociology
or SOC 1H Sociology - Honors
MICR 1Principles of Microbiology4-5
or MICR 22 Microbiology
MATH 110Elementary Statistics3
or MATH 110H Elementary Statistics - Honors
or PSYC 10 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PUBH 22Introduction to Epidemiology3
PUBH 26Introduction to Global Public Health3
PUBH 27Public Health and the Environment3
or PUBH 28 Public Health and Bioethics
BIOL 1General Biology4
or BIOL 2 Plant and Animal Biology
PUBH 24Introduction to Public Health3
NF 25Introduction to Nutrition Science3
or NF 25H Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
Choose six units from the following:6
Contemporary Health Issues
Public Health Microbiology
Principles of Public Health and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Introduction to Immunology
Total Units43-46


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Explain how the history, philosophy, and literature of public health reflect broader social influences and movements that influence our view of health.
  • Explain the population health perspective and the methods used in public health to define and address population-wide/social concerns and the needs of vulnerable populations through the provision of essential services.
  • Apply options for intervention frameworks including when (primary, secondary, tertiary), who (individual, population at risk, general population), and how(education, motivation, obligation)to intervene.
  • Explain principles of epidemiology that are necessary in order to understand health and impairments of health, including the uses of rates, the meaning of causation, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Apply the principles of epidemiology to assigned reading of research articles, including case-control, cohort studies, and randomized clinical trials.
  • Explain from a global perspective the burden of disease, socioeconomical determinants of health, the links between health and development, and approaches to global cooperation to monitor, promote, and protect health.
  • Describe biological principles needed to understand public health issues across the life span and apply these principles to public health interventions to eliminate, prevent, and control disease and to minimize the impact of disease on health.
  • Explain the use of clinical interventions for assessing, protecting, and improving health and preventing, detecting, treating, and minimizing the impact of disease.
  • Explain the way biological, environmental, and social/cultural factors interact in disease production and understand how these influences can impact prevention strategies.
  • Describe the historical examples of the changing definitions of public health in a variety of cultures and times, including major scientific advancements.
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