Program: Public Health Science

Overview

Public Health Science

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer degree provides students with a solid foundation in public health concepts and prepares them for further academic study in the disciplines of epidemiology, environmental health, global health, health services administration, health education and health promotion.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to the California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer,” or “ADT,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. 

Career Opportunities

Students will be prepared for careers in a variety of settings, including hospitals, state and local health departments, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, health clinics, and international programs.

Public Health focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease, and protecting the health of both individuals and communities. Some of the many fields of public health include:

  • Health Educators
  • Nutritionists
  • Community Health Planners
  • Emergency Preparedness Specialists
  • Epidemiologists
  • Health Care Administrators
  • Health Safety Inspectors
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Occupational Health and Safety Professionals
  • Public Health Policymakers
  • Scientists and Researchers. 

Skill competencies include:

  • Health Risk Assessments & Evaluation
  • Health Promotion
  • Planning and Implementation
  • Advocacy
  • Surveillance of Disease Outbreaks
     

degree options

Public Health Science (AS-T) Curriculum Guide

Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Public Health Science

Plan Code: 5508B/C – The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer degree (AS-T) is designed to prepare students with a general education in the principles, concepts and methodologies of Public Health. Public Health is a dynamic field that focuses on community-based efforts to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote healthy environments and lifestyles. Students will be prepared for careers in a variety of settings, including hospitals, state and local health departments, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, health clinics, and international programs. This degree is designed for seamless transfer to a California State University.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon completion, the Public Health Science major will enable students to:

  • Appraise the guiding principles of public health as a discipline, including how public health differs from personal health.
  • Propose public health interventions to improve the health of a population.

Course offerings

View courses offered in different semesters to assist in academic plannings.

Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

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Contemporary Health Problems

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Women’s Health

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Men’s Health

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Human Sexuality

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Introduction to Public Health

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Health and Social Justice

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Drugs, Health and Society

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Course descriptions

FAQ

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

Who are the counselors for public health science major?

Schools/Program Counselor Location
Public Health Science Roarke O’Leary LAC
Public Health Science Lorraine Blouin PCC

Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

HOW TO transfer & LOOK UP COMPARABLE COURSE LISTINGS

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.