Program Type: Transfer Program

Program Total: 60 Credits

Program Description

The Public Health Science A.S. program is designed to prepare graduates for public health and related programs at the bachelor's degree level including public health generalist, health administration, and environmental health programs. The program is built on and reinforces fundamental skills, including writing, oral communications, and quantitative skills obtained through general education coursework. Students will be exposed to concepts and experiences necessary for success in the workplace, further education, and life-long learning. Throughout the curriculum, students will be presented with a wide range of instructional methods and experiences that provide exposure to a solid foundation of the diverse nature of public health practice. This degree program is designed to articulate with the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Other bachelor's degree programs may require additional coursework. Students are advised to consult the specific requirements of the bachelor's degree program to which they wish to transfer. Credit for previous relevant coursework and/or relevant experience may be awarded.

Graduates of the Public Health Science A.S. will be able to:

  • Identify health problems and health hazards in the community
  • Describe risk factors for disease
  • Interpret health information from reliable sources
  • Analyze lifestyle decisions and their impact on health
  • Communicate effectively using basic scientific terminology
  • Apply the scientific method to interpret data and draw conclusions
Required Courses

PAS-1000 First Year Experience Credits: 1 (Institution Requirement)

CHM-1010 General Chemistry I Credits: 4 (General Education Requirement)

EGL-1010 Composition I: Expository Writing Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement)

INT-1010 Introduction to Information Technology Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement)

MAT-2410 Calculus I Credits: 4 (General Education Requirement)

EGL-1320 Composition II: Writing for Business Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement) or

EGL-1340 Writing About Technical Topics Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement) or

EGL-1020 Composition II: Writing About Literature Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement) or

EGL-1100 Composition II: Writing About Issues and Ideas Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement)

COM-1010 Foundations of Communication Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement)

CHM-1020 General Chemistry II Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement)

BIO-1140 Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Credits: 4 (Program Requirement)

PSY-1010 General Psychology Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement)

BIO-2050 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Credits: 4 (Program Requirement)

BIO-2030 Genetics Credits: 4 (Program Requirement)

PHL-1010 Introduction to Philosophy: The Art of Questioning Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement)

CHM-2010 Organic Chemistry I Credits: 4 (Program Requirement)

BIO-2010 Microbiology Credits: 4 (Program Requirement)

BIO-2060 Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4 (Program Requirement)

SOC-1010 Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3 (General Education Requirement)

HLE-1150 Personal and Community Health Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at and the receiving institution's catalog to select transferable courses.
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