Public Health (AS Degree S0428)

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 Prefix Course Name Units
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
Introductory Human Anatomy
Human Anatomy
Introductory Human Physiology
Human Physiology
ANTH 5Cultural Anthropology3
or SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology
or SOC 1H Introduction to Sociology - Honors
BIOL 1General Biology4
or BIOL 4 Biology for Majors
or BIOL 4H Biology for Majors - Honors
CHEM 10Chemistry for Allied Health Majors5
or CHEM 40 Introduction to General Chemistry
MATH 110Elementary Statistics3-4
or MATH 110H Elementary Statistics - Honors
or PSYC 10 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or SOC 23 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology and Social Sciences
MICR 1Principles of Microbiology4 - 5
or MICR 22 Microbiology
PUBH 22Introduction to Epidemiology3
PUBH 24Introduction to Public Health3
PUBH 26Introduction to Global Public Health3
PUBH 27Public Health and the Environment3
PUBH 28Public Health and Bioethics3
Choose two courses from the following6
Contemporary Health Issues
Introduction to Immunology
Introduction to Nutrition Science
Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
History of Western Medicine
Public Health Microbiology
Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Investigation
Total Units48-52

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.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

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