Nov 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Public Health [BS] - MiTransfer Pathway


This major is built to facilitate the transferral of courses to Eastern Michigan University, from all 28 community colleges in Michigan. Faculty from across the state identified courses a student may take in the first and second year of the bachelor’s degree programs at all participating universities.

The MiTransfer Pathways courses in Public Health are:

Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101 ) Approved Courses Community Health (HLED 260 ) Approved Courses
Introduction to Sociology (SOCL 105 ) Approved Courses Nutrition (Not Required - see note)
Introduction to Public Health (HLAD 250 ) Approved Courses Personal Health/Wellness (Not Required - see note)

Note - This major does not require courses in nutrition or personal health/wellness. If earned with a “C” or higher, a transfer course in this area would count toward the 27-28 hours of additional coursework required prior to admission into the major.

Faculty also identified Remaining Degree Requirements, which include courses that students can transfer from the community college. These courses are noted below.

Unless otherwise noted, only courses deemed equivalent by EMU faculty may satisfy major requirements. For a list of applicable courses, see “Approved Courses” links or Transfer Equivalencies. Please see “Critical Graduation Information” below for additional policies governing transfer credit.


The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program focuses on protecting and improving the health of populations – from neighborhoods to nations - through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Coursework covers a broad range of public health topics and a student selected “track” of interest: community health education or health administration. Students are prepared for entry-level positions in public health settings or for continuing education.

This major requires a separate application and admission process apart from being admitted to the University. While students may be admitted to the university as a “Public Health Intent” student, admission to the Public Health program is not guaranteed.

Learn

The public health major prepares culturally competent public health professionals committed to advancing health equity through the improvement of individual and community health and well-being.  Public health students pursue specialized study to develop practical skills in the classroom and in the community to address a broad range of issues of population health significance through programming, research, education and policy change.

Opportunities

Public health majors gain valuable, real-world experience through their chosen internship. Students can further develop their leadership skills through participation in student organizations (such as Eta Sigma Gamma or the Health Administration Student Organization) or collaborate with faculty to research current population health issues.

School Information


Health Sciences | Colleen Croxall, Ph.D., Director | 313 Marshall, 734.487.4096, ccroxall@emich.edu

Advisor Information


College of Health and Human Services Advising Center, 214 Marshall, 734.487.0918, chhsadvising@emich.edu | Make an Appointment

Student Eligibility


A student’s eligibility to graduate from this major is determined by the following

  • Apply and be granted admission to Eastern Michigan University (emich.edu/admissions).
  • Apply and be granted admission to their major (See Program Admission for specific information).
  • A completed associate degree, certificate, or adequate coursework. Students eligible to follow an articulation agreement, typically transfer in 64 credit hours to EMU. Eligible students who transferred in less than 64 credit hours, had unique circumstances and were granted permission to follow the articulation agreement by the Director of Community College Relations (emich.edu/ccr).

Interested students should meet with their community college advisor for information on following the articulation agreement before transferring to EMU. After transferring to EMU, a student must consult with the Community College Relations Office to confirm eligibility.

Program Admission


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the public health program, students must meet the following minimum criteria:

A note for Second Degree and transfer students: students who have completed their general education requirements at another college or university still may be required to take additional courses to meet these requirements. Your transcript must show transfer credits addressing these specific topics for the pre-requisite courses to be waived.

Application Process

Applications for the public health program will be accepted on a rolling basis. Prospective students should meet with CHHS Advising to complete the application form. At this meeting, students will verify their interest in the public health major, choose their track, and discuss their eligibility for the program (see admission requirements above). Applications will be reviewed, and students will be notified within four weeks regarding their acceptance into the public health program. Students must be admitted to the public health program prior to beginning a course in their chosen track. Please plan accordingly, as classes may fill up.

General Education Requirements


The MiTransfer Pathways builds on the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). The MTA allows transfer students to select designated courses to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours fulfilling MTA distribution requirements. Students following MiTransfer Pathway agreements should complete the MTA in accordance with the sending institutions’ course designations and consider whether or not any recommended MiTransfer Pathways major-specific courses will “double count” to fulfill MTA distribution requirements in planning their transfer. Be aware that “double count” policies differ from institution to institution. More information about the MTA is available at www.mitransfer.org.

The MTA Mathematics distribution area allows students to complete one of three math pathways. The Public Health MiTransfer Pathways faculty recommended that students complete a course in the Statistics pathway.

Students who do not have “MTA Satisfied” on their community college transcript, will be required to satisfy EMU’s general education requirements as applied to transfer students. For specific General Education requirements, click here  or print a General Education Worksheet .

Public Health Major: 55-57 hours


Required Track: 28-30 hours


Students must be admitted to Public Health Major prior to the beginning one of the two required tracks, Health Administration or Community Health Education.

Minor Requirement:


This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:


Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above. If sufficient credits hours are not transferred in, additional EMU credits must be completed to reach the minimum of 124 credit hours required to graduate.

Critical Graduation Information


The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.