Social and Behavioral Sciences

Concentration in Public Health

The Public Health Concentration is available to SBS majors.

A concentration is simply a way for SBS majors to organize their six required SBS electives at the 300-level or above. The Public Health concentration addresses a need for awareness of public health issues not only in Maine, but in the whole world. Evolutionary and multicultural aspects of diseases and their interface with human populations are daily headlines in the media: for instance, health care systems; food utilization and governmental policies; epidemics of flu, HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant strains of TB, and other emerging infectious diseases; as well as the threat of bioterrorism, are all concerns of the discipline of Public Health. Professions that utilize knowledge of public health include medical and allied health and human services, mental health, gerontology, and child and family support. Public health approaches address the full spectrum of services, planning, and evaluation. 

The Public Health concentration is intended to prepare SBS majors to become decision makers and policy advocates by shaping their ability to understand myriad public health concerns, and developing their facility in applying pertinent theoretical and practical knowledge to create a safe and functioning society. The concentration also prepares students for the pursuit of graduate study in Public Health and Policy.

IMPORTANT:  This page describes the Public Health Concentration.  Public Health (offered through the Social and Behavioral Sciences program) is also available as a Minor for students in any USM degree program, and as a Certificate, which is open to anyone.  Students pursuing the Public Health Concentration may also be interested in USM's Bachelor in Public Health.

**Students should complete the necessary paperwork so that the Public Health Concentration appears on their MaineStreet academic plan.**

Graduate Study in Public Health:

Students pursuing the Public Health Concentration may also be interested in USM's Master of Public Health (MPH) program.  An acceleration undergraduate to graduate pathway is pending. Qualified students may replace up to two undergraduate SBS Public Health courses with graduate level MPH counterparts. Instructor permission may be required. Please visit the Office of Admission for application information.

To complete the Public Health Concentration, students select their six SBS electives by taking the five required courses, plus one chosen from the Public Health electives below. Any substitutions must be approved by a faculty adviser.  

In addition to the requirements listed in the BA (see BA Page), the following requirements apply to the Public Health Concentration:

Required courses

     SBS 304/ANT 233 Food and Culture
     SBS 308/ANT 302 Medical Anthropology
     SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
     SBS/SCI 336/BPH 201 Fundamentals of Public Health
     SBS/SCI/BPH 337 Introduction to Epidemiology
    

Public Health elective
Students select one of the following or, with advisor approval, a course equivalent in substance and intent:
    

     SBS 303 Abnormal Psychology
     SBS 339 Immigration, Ethnicity, and Identity
     SBS 341 The Family
     SBS 343 Substance Use Disorders OR
                    CON 497 Substance Use and Abuse: Issues and Policies 
     SBS 344 Violence: Causes and Control
     SBS 345 Diversity: Many Voices
     SBS 350 Psychosocial Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
     SBS/LOS 436 Risk, Public Policy, and Society
     SCI 315 Environmental Health
     PSY 368 Health Psychology
     CON 356 Concepts in Community Health