Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Health Science - Public Health, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Pre-Physician Assistant SRU Traditional - Rock Studies

Public Health Program Learning Outcomes

  • Effective Professional Communication: Communicate with clients in an individual or group setting and with health professionals in a variety of health settings using a combination of communication skills for a clear exchange of ideas and information, listening and comprehending the viewpoints of others, effectively presenting information in oral and written formats and integrating media/technology.
  • Professional Competency: Use reasoned judgment drawing upon a broad knowledge base from social, behavioral and natural science, education and health to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and coordinate health promotion for individuals and communities.
  • Professional Ethics: Apply high ethical standards to public health practice with a sensitivity to multicultural traditions, legal issues, and adherence to a code of ethics of professional health organizations.
  • Continual Professional and Personal Development: Continue personal and professional development in holistic health, including the components of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental and vocational health, through continuing education, advanced study, and participation in professional health organizations

What are your options?

Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2: Earn a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in five years rather than six. In the first three years, you complete your exercise science major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU PA program. At the end of your second year, you apply for admission into the SRU PA program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU PA program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Pre-Physician Assistant (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your exercise science major and the pre-requisites for the SRU PA program and apply to the SRU PA program in your senior year.

Related Links

Public Health - Pre-Physician Assistant, BS Program Page

Public Health Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
GPA in the major to be eligible for internship: 2.5 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements60
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives17

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Physical & Natural Sciences Inquiry
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
Subtotal16
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours43

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students may choose to earn a BS in Health Science – Public Health as preparation for graduate studies in many health care related fields. In this case, the student should learn what prerequisites are required for his/her intended graduate program and take those courses as electives while completing the Public Health program.

Required Courses in Public Health
HLTH 103Health and Behavior Change3
HLTH 210Introduction to Public Health3
HLTH 301Introduction to Health Education3
HLTH 309Introduction to the Study of Disease3
HLTH 310Environmental Health3
HLTH 311International Health3
HLTH 312Data Management for Health Science3
HLTH 313Biostatistics3
HLTH 314Nutrition and Health3
HLTH 406Program Planning and Evaluation3
HLTH 410Epidemiology3
HLTH 440Public Health Seminar3
Subtotal36
Required Internship
HLTH 450Internship 112
Subtotal12
Required Course outside of Major Department
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab3
Subtotal3
Electives
Select three courses from the list below:9
Public Health and Physical Activity
Women's Health Issues
Human Sexuality
Public Health Administration
Nutrition and Exercise
Aging and the Older Person
Death and Dying
US Healthcare Systems
Subtotal9
Total Hours60

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3

Additional Physician Assistant Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab3
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 108General Chemistry II3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
ERS 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators

Co-Curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. Conference attendance
  2. Service-Learning
  3. Internships
  4. Career Education
  5. Peer Education Opportunities

Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies) website for requirements: http://www.sru.edu/pa

Liberal Studies and Rock Studies

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physician Assistant
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab3
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab3
or BIOL 330 Microbiology/Lab
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
Inferential Statistics Course 13
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
ERS 250Medical Terminology3
or HCAM 250 Medical Terminology for Healthcare Administrators
Total Hours37

HEALTH SCIENCE - PUBLIC HEALTH (6266)
PRE-PA (SRU Traditional)
Effective Fall 2016
Revised 09.01.20
UCC 03.05.20

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
HLTH 103 Health and Behavior Change 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
Rock Studies 3
 Hours13
Spring
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Rock Studies 6
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 3
HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health 3
Rock Studies 6
 Hours12
Spring
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
HLTH 301 Introduction to Health Education 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Rock Studies 3
 Hours12
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
BIOL 210 Medical Microbiology with Lab 3
HLTH 312 Data Management for Health Science 3
HLTH 314 Nutrition and Health 3
Public Health Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
HLTH 310 Environmental Health 3
HLTH 313 Biostatistics 3
HLTH 410 Epidemiology 3
HLTH 406 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
 Hours16
Summer
HLTH 450 Internship 12
 Hours12
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOL 104 Principles of Biology with Lab 4
HLTH 309 Introduction to the Study of Disease 3
HLTH 311 International Health 3
Public Health Elective 3
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
 Hours16
Winter
Potential On-line Winter Courses  
Introduction to Public Health/Nutrition & Health/Introduction to Study of Disease/International Health  
ERS 250/Rock Studies  
 Hours0
Spring
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
Public Health Elective 3
HLTH 440 Public Health Seminar 3
ERS 250 Medical Terminology (online) 2 3
 Hours13
Summer
Potential On-line Summer Courses  
Environmental Health/International Health/Epidemiology/Women’s Health Issues  
ERS 250/Rock Studies  
 Hours0
 Total Hours**125

Major Code: 6266
Concentration Code: SRU Traditional
Revised: 03-2020

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.