Public Health

What you will study

How can we leverage technology to track disease outbreaks? How can we ensure safe drinking water is available in all communities? How will climate change continue to affect public health?

If you want to play an essential role in answering these questions, a degree in public health from Alverno will set you on a path to make an impact on health care and overall quality of life for communities both near and far.

Public health is a diverse and rapidly growing field, with a need for skilled professionals to hold a variety of roles at the community, state, and federal levels. To prepare you for the path that aligns with your interests, we offer the following three concentrations:

Health Education: You will gain knowledge for wellness and become a strong, creative communicator and collaborator to help entire communities live healthier lives.

Health Science: The study of biology, with emphasis on human health and diseases, will give you a strong foundation to identify, collect and interpret biological data needed to address public health concerns.

Policy and Advocacy: With a combination of social science, communication and humanities courses, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and strategies to effectively engage in the political arena on health inequities.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

General Education Beginning
FSS 100 LevelAny FSS-125 First Semester Seminar (FSS) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fss2
AC-151Initial Social Interaction Assessment0
PSY-110Life Span Development4
QL-122Quantitative Literacy in Modern World4
QL-156Mathematical Connections3
FA 100 LevelAny FA-100 Intro to the Arts (FA) from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fa4
PPS-229Career & Internship Planning1
HUM 100 LevelAny HUM-150 Intro to the Humanities (HUM) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/hum4
CM-120Communication Seminar 14
CM-125Communication Seminar 23
CM-225Communication Seminar 33
General Education Science - Public Health
SC-119
119L
Foundations of Chemistry
and Foundations of Chemistry Lab
4
General Education Intermediate
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
GEC 300 LevelAny GEC-300 Globally Effective Citizenship (GEC) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/gec3
GEN ED ElectiveGeneral Education (GEN ED) Elective6
Beginning Requirements
PHTH-101Introduction to Public Health2
PHTH-201Foundations of Public Health3
PHTH 263 Stories of Illness & Recovery

The Academic Map below should be used for planning purposes only. All official graduation requirements are listed on a student's Academic Evaluation.  Course Sequence is subject to change. All students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a Bachelors Degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ILA-100 Introduction to the Liberal Arts @ Alverno 0
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
SC-119
119L
Foundations of Chemistry
and Foundations of Chemistry Lab
4
FSS 100 LevelAny FSS-125 First Semester Seminar (FSS) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fss 2
 Credits14
Spring
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
HUM 100 LevelAny HUM-150 Intro to the Humanities (HUM) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/hum 4
SC-120
120L
Foundations of Biology
and Foundations of Biology Lab
4
 Credits14
Second Year
Fall
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
PPS-229 Career & Internship Planning 1
POL-225 American Politics 4
PHTH-101 Introduction to Public Health 2
BSC-257 Statistics for Health Professionals 4
 Credits14
Spring
PL-252
Medical Ethics
or Medical Ethics
4
HED-201 Role of the Health Educator 4
BI-231
231L
Human Anatomy & Physiology
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
4
PHTH-201 Foundations of Public Health 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
HED-210 Foundations Health Ed & Health Behavior 4
PHTH 263Stories of Illness and Recovery 4
PHTH 210 Epidemiology 4
HED-320 Assessment of Population Health 3
 Credits15
Spring
GEC 300 LevelAny GEC-300 Globally Effective Citizenship (GEC) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/gec 3
HED-330
Contemporary Health Issues
or Global Health
4
SOC-338 Program Evaluation 3
HED-354
Adult Ed Hr Principles & Philosophy Training
or Adult Ed HR Principles& Philosophy Trng
3
HED-310 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
GEN ED ElectiveGeneral Education (GEN ED) Elective 3
INTERN-383 Internship Seminar 2
BI-341
Ecology
or Environmental Health
4
PHTH 401Senior Seminar in Public Health 2
PSY-110 Life Span Development 4
 Credits15
Spring
SOC-437 Fundraising & Grant Writing: Principles & Practice 3
HED-401 Transitions to Professional Role 2
HED-483 Advanced Internship 2
GEN ED ElectiveGeneral Education (GEN ED) Elective 3
FA 100 LevelAny FA-100 Intro to the Arts (FA) from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fa 4
 Credits14
 Total Credits116

The Academic Map below should be used for planning purposes only. All official graduation requirements are listed on a student's Academic Evaluation.  Course Sequence is subject to change. All students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a Bachelors Degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ILA-100 Introduction to the Liberal Arts @ Alverno 0
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
SC-119
119L
Foundations of Chemistry
and Foundations of Chemistry Lab
4
FSS 100 LevelAny FSS-125 First Semester Seminar (FSS) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fss 2
 Credits14
Spring
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
HUM 100 LevelAny HUM-150 Intro to the Humanities (HUM) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/hum 4
SC-120
120L
Foundations of Biology
and Foundations of Biology Lab
4
 Credits14
Second Year
Fall
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
PPS-229 Career & Internship Planning 1
POL-225 American Politics 4
PHTH-101 Introduction to Public Health 2
BSC-257 Statistics for Health Professionals 4
 Credits14
Spring
PL-252
Medical Ethics
or Medical Ethics
4
CH-213
213L
Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
4
BI-231
231L
Human Anatomy & Physiology
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
4
PHTH-201 Foundations of Public Health 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
PHTH 263Stories of Illness and Recovery 4
PHTH 210Epidemiology 4
GEC 300 LevelAny GEC-300 Globally Effective Citizenship (GEC) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/gec 3
BI-251
251L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
4
 Credits15
Spring
HED-330
Contemporary Health Issues
or Global Health
4
HED-310 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
BI-331 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
FA 100 LevelAny FA-100 Intro to the Arts (FA) from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fa 4
 Credits14
Fourth Year
Fall
GEN ED ElectiveGeneral Education (GEN ED) Elective 3
INTERN-383 Internship Seminar 2
BI-341
Ecology
or Environmental Health
4
PHTH 401Senior Seminar in Public Health 2
BI-338 Physiological Mechanisms Disease 4
 Credits15
Spring
BI-395
Biochemistry of Micronutrients
or Biochemistry of Micronutrients
3
BI-452 Immunology 3
GEN ED ElectiveGeneral Education (GEN ED) Elective 3
PSY-110 Life Span Development 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits114

The Academic Map below should be used for planning purposes only. All official graduation requirements are listed on a student's Academic Evaluation.  Course Sequence is subject to change. All students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a Bachelors Degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ILA-100 Introduction to the Liberal Arts @ Alverno 0
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
SC-119
119L
Foundations of Chemistry
and Foundations of Chemistry Lab
4
FSS 100 LevelAny FSS-125 First Semester Seminar (FSS) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fss 2
 Credits14
Spring
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
SC-120
120L
Foundations of Biology
and Foundations of Biology Lab
4
HUM 100 LevelAny HUM-150 Intro to the Humanities (HUM) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/hum 4
 Credits14
Second Year
Fall
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
PPS-229 Career & Internship Planning 1
POL-225 American Politics 4
BSC-257 Statistics for Health Professionals 4
PHTH-101 Introduction to Public Health 2
 Credits14
Spring
PL-252
Medical Ethics
or Medical Ethics
4
WGS-200 Intro to Women's & Gender Studies 4
COMM 3xxHealthcare Communication 3
PHTH-201 Foundations of Public Health 3
 Credits14
Third Year
Fall
PHTH 263Stories of Illness and Recovery 4
PHTH 210Epidemiology 4
SOC-306 Race & Ethnicity in American Life 4
SOC-398
Community Power & Change
or Community, Power & Change
3
 Credits15
Spring
GEC 300 LevelAny GEC-300 Globally Effective Citizenship (GEC) topic from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/gec 3
HED-330
Contemporary Health Issues
or Global Health
4
ElectivesTake one Communication (COMM) Elective from COMM-340, COMM-360 or COMM-400. Or take GLS-200 or take MGT-210 3
SOC-437 Fundraising & Grant Writing: Principles & Practice 3
HED-310
Health Policy and Advocacy
or Health Policy and Advocacy
2
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
GEN ED ElectiveGeneral Education (GEN ED) Elective 3
INTERN-383 Internship Seminar 2
BI-341
Ecology
or Environmental Health
4
PHTH 401Senior Seminar in Public Health 2
PSY-110 Life Span Development 4
 Credits15
Spring
FA 100 LevelAny FA-100 Intro to the Arts (FA) from https://catalog.alverno.edu/courses/fa 4
GEN ED ElectiveGeneral Education (GEN ED) Elective 3
ElectivesTake one Communication (COMM) Elective from COMM-340, COMM-360 or COMM-400. Or take GLS-200 or take MGT-210 3
 Credits10
 Total Credits111