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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

This 120 credit hour degree program offers a major in Health Administration.


Students must satisfy requirements in five main areas: Common Ground, SPEA Preparation, Electives, a Public Health Core, and the Health Administration required courses. For students who enter Indiana University Bloomington in June 2011 or after, Common Ground and SPEA Preparation are required. SPEA General Education is in effect for students who matriculated to Indiana University Bloomington prior to June 2011.

Common Ground

Courses taken for Common Ground may simultaneously be used for SPEA Preparation below as well as the SPEA Core. However, the number of unique credit hours taken in all three sections together must total at least 63 credit hours. Choose remaining credit hours from Campus Common Ground Lists (additional selections from Foundations, Breadth of Inquiry, and World Languages and Cultures). See for updated requirements and a complete list of course options.

SPEA Preparation (21 cr.)

Communications (6 cr.)

Professional Writing (One of the following courses)

  • ENG-W 231 Elementary Composition (3 cr.) or approved option (C– or higher)
  • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3 cr.)
  • BUS-X 204 Business Communications (3 cr.)

Oral Communication (One of the following courses)

  • CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 225 Discussion and Decision Making (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 228 Argumentation and Advocacy (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 229 Ways of Speaking (3 cr.)
  • THTR-T 120 Acting I (3 cr.)
  • BUS-X 104 Business Presentations (3 cr.)

Quantitative Methods(12 cr.)

Computer Course (One of the following courses)

  • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming (4 cr.)

Each of the following courses:

  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)

American Government Foundations (3 cr.)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3 cr.) 


Additional courses beyond the general education, core, and major requirements are needed to complete the minimum of 120 hours required for the degree.

Public Health Core (six courses)

  • SPEA-H 124 Health Care Management and Policy (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 316 Environmental Health (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 322 Principles of Epidemiology (3 cr.) or HPER-H 311 Human Diseases and Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 342 Community Health Education (3 cr.) or HPER-C 403 Public Health Program Planning (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 236 Management Concepts and Applications I in Public and Private Organizations (3 cr.)

Experiential Learning Requirement

  • SPEA-H 267 Career Development and Planning
  • SPEA-H 466 Public Health Field Experience

Each B.S.P.H. student is required to complete an internship experience. Internships give students an excellent opportunity to apply classroom theory and techniques to real life experiences. Students should register for SPEA-H 267 the first semester they are accepted into the program.

In order for an internship to satisfy the experiential learning requirment (SPEA-H 466), students must:

  • Be officially admitted to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Earn a passing grade in SPEA-H 267
  • Successfully complete a minimum of one class in their major/concentration with a passing grade  
  • Be in overall good academic standing
  • Be at least a sophomore
  • Receive internship approval from the Office of Career Development before beginning the internship experience

All students admitted to SPEA in the fall 2008 and thereafter who have completed either ASCS-Q 299 Job Search Strategies for Liberal Arts Students or ASCS-Q 294 Basic Career Development and ASCS-Q 275 Professional Portfolio Developmentwith a grade of "S" (passing) prior to admission to SPEA are not required to complete SPEA-H 267 Career Development. These students are still required to register for and complete an internship experience. Specific enrollment instructions and authorization will be provided to these students by SPEA Office of Career Development.

Health Administration Major

Requirements (12 courses)

The following seven courses:

  • SPEA-H 341 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 352 Health Finance I (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 353 Health Finance II (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 354 Health Economics (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 365 Health Services Practicum (1 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 374 Health Management Ethics (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 373 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector (3 cr.)

Five of the following courses:

  • SPEA-H 324 Health Policy (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 401 Strategic Planning for Health Care Oganizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 402 Hospital Administration (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 411 Chronic and Long-Term Care Administration (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 432 Health Care Marketing (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-H 455 Topics in Public Health (3 cr.) May be repeated
  • SPEA-H 456 Health Care Reimbursment (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-E 316 Insects and the Environment (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 432 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15 cr.)

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