Health and Wellness

Major in Public Health Science and Delivery

The Public Health Science and Delivery seeks to improve human health by applying knowledge from multiple disciplines to develop an understanding of public health science and the skills of public health delivery.  Students learn to develop advocacy programs that incorporate current health data on critical areas of health behavior and concerns.  Their understanding is grounded scientifically, but with due consideration to human rights and cultural perspectives that characterize our multi-cultural citizenry.The Public Health Science and Delivery seeks to improve human health by applying knowledge from multiple disciplines to develop an understanding of public health science and the skills of public health delivery.  Students learn to develop advocacy programs that incorporate current health data on critical areas of health behavior and concerns.  Their understanding is grounded scientifically, but with due consideration to human rights and cultural perspectives that characterize our multi-cultural citizenry.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Madeleine Schep, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Requirements for the Major in Public Health Science and Delivery Program Components

This indisciplinary program will include course clusters, independent study, service-learning opportunities, and public health internships.  Students can choose the Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) or the Bachelor of Science Degree (BS).  Students are encouraged to pursue one of the three following advising tracks:  Health Promotion, Health Administration, or Health Science. 

The specific requirements for the BA degree include: Public Health 111, 112, 270A, and 370LS; Biology 120 and 130; Psychology 102; four hours chosen from Chemistry 100 and 121; three hours chosen from Public Health  262 and Psychology 210; three hours chosen from Public Health 261 and 264; three hours chosen from Public Health 263, Psychology 240, and Sociology 240; three hours chosen from Political Science 230 and 250; three hours chosen from Communication Studies 230, 250, and 310; and three hours chosen from Computer and Information Science 100 and 109.   Biology 110 must be completed to satisfy the Scientific Literacy requirement; Mathematics 140 must be completed to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement; and Political Science 101 must be completed to satisfy the Human Institutions and Behavior requirement. Service-learning will be incorporated into appropriate upper-level Public Health courses and within the required General Education courses. 

The specific requirements for the BS degree include Public Health 111, 112, 270A, and 370LS; Biology 120, 230, and 330; Psychology 102; Chemistry 121; three hours chosen from Public Health  262 or Psychology 210; three hours chosen from Public Health 261 and 264; three hours chosen from Public Health 263,  Psychology 240, and Sociology 240; three hours chosen from Political Science 230 and 250; three hours chosen from Communication Studies 230, 250, and 310; and three hours chosen from Computer and Information Science 100 and 109.   Biology 110 must be completed to satisfy the Scientific Literacy requirement; Mathematics 160 must be completed to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement; and Political Science 101 must be completed to satisfy the Human Institutions and Behavior requirement. Service-learning will be incorporated into appropriate upper-level Public Health courses and within the required General Education courses.

Service Learning Opportunities

Service-learning will be incorporated into appropriate upper-level PUBH courses and within the required Core General Education courses.  Service-learning will be incorporated into appropriate upper-level PUBH courses and within the required Core General Education courses.

Leadership Opportunities in Public Health

The Public Health Science and Delivery program provides interested students the guidance and opportunity to become certified in the community in order to teach group fitness classes. Certifications for First Aid and CPR/AED are offered in PUBH 101 to help prepare students to certify in teaching group exercise classes.  For additional information or assistance, you may contact the program coordinator at (803) 786-3892.

Appropriate Minors

Communication, Marketing, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, and Spanish.  Students pursuing pre-med  science courses may also have to take Calculus, Physics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Histology.

Campus and Co-curricular Resources

Campus Wellness Program, Alcohol and Other Drug Education Committee, Godbold Physical Education Center, Department of Athletics, Campus Wellness Committee Campus Wellness Program, Alcohol and Other Drug Education Committee, Godbold Physical Education Center, Department of Athletics, Campus Wellness Committee

Community Resources

 Drew Wellness Center; The Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers; The Columbia Free Clinic, Providence Hospital; Local, State, and National Public Health Organizations. Drew Wellness Center; The Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers; The Columbia Free Clinic, Providence Hospital; Local, State, and National Public Health Organizations.                     

Career Options

The Public Health Science and Delivery program will provide students with the appropriate preparation to pursue graduate study in Public Health.  Its design is in line with programs at USC, UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory, and other graduate programs in public  health. Other graduate programs include the MS    Degree in Exercise Physiology; Doctorate in Physical Therapy;  MS in Occupational Therapy; Certificate in Health Coaching at the School of Integrative Medicine at Duke University; Medical school programs; J.D. in Health Law; careers in Health Education and Advocacy in both non-profits and in clinical settings.

Please note:  Graduate study in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Schools of Medicine, and other programs may require additional science courses.

The Minor in Public Health Science and Delivery

The Public Health Science and Delivery minor will allow students from multiple disciplines to acquire further knowledge and to develop additional skills that can be applied and utilized in a community health care setting. Students will be given an opportunity to apply the various concepts from their major area of study to a health advocacy program aimed at enhancing public health practices.  The minor will include a capstone experience that can be integrated into the student’s requirements for their major.  The required community health experiences will be given due consideration to human rights and cultural perspectives that characterize the multi-cultural citizenry in today’s modern society. 

The minor in Public Health includes the successful completion of 18 semester hours.  The courses for the minor in public health must include Public Health 111, 112, 120, 270A and 370LS; three semester hours chosen from Public Health 261, 262, 263, and 264; and three semester hours chosen from Mathematics 140 or Psychology 300. 

Physical Education (PEA) Courses at Columbia College

The physical education activity (PEA) courses may be taken as electives. The goals of the PEA courses are to aid students in developing realistic concepts of obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and understanding the role of physical activity in their lives both as students and as college graduates;  to guide students in acquiring the knowledge, attitude and behaviors necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle;  and to offer students who have professional interests in areas related to physical education or health, an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and certifications necessary to pursue their professional interests.  The PEA courses are specifically designed to help students develop new motor skills and general cognitive abilities.

A limit of six semester hours in PEA courses may count toward graduation requirements with a limit of one course per semester.  Additional courses may be taken and will appear on transcripts but will not be counted towards the 127 hours needed for graduation.  All one semester hour PEA courses are offered on a pass-fail basis and those receiving one hour credit will meet the equivalent of two class periods each week.

Campus Wellness and Personal Fitness Opportunities

George's Gym located near the rear entrance of the Godbold Center offers free weights, weight machines, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles, treadmills and other fitness equipment. Student hours are posted outside the lab each semester.  A brief orientation session is required by all persons who plan to use the equipment.

The Godbold Center also has a junior Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool that is open for free swim each semester.  There are also six tennis courts, a gymnasium, a fitness trail, and an athletic field (behind the residential cottages) are available daily upon request through the Department of Athletics.  In additon, fitness courses (PEA) such as Pilates, yoga, high and low impact step, dance and water aerobics are offered each semester for one hour of credit. Courses may only be taken one time. On occasion, the Campus Wellness Program will sponsor non-credit group exercise classes for a minimal fee.