Public Health

Graduates of public health program at American International College (AIC) will be qualified for entry-level career opportunities in a variety of settings, as well for graduate studies in public health or related fields.

AIC’s undergraduate program in public health prepares students to address continuing and emerging health challenges by developing and implementing disease prevention, health promotion, and health protection strategies for individuals, groups, and communities.

Why Choose a Career in Public Health?

The United States spends far more on medical care than any other nation, but our investments in healthcare aren’t resulting in improved health outcomes. In fact, the United States ranks well below many of its global counterparts and competitors on a number of health outcomes, including overall life expectancy and the incidence of preventable diseases or injuries. The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has placed renewed focus on health promotion and disease prevention and the need for more professionals who are able to develop policies, conduct research, and implement strategies to improve the nation’s health outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will have the necessary knowledge and skills related to:

  • The US and other selected healthcare and healthcare delivery systems
  • Structures for and approaches to developing health policies and health policy analysis
  • Population health perspectives and the needs of vulnerable populations
  • Social and behavioral theories applicable to health behavior and how these theories may be applied to address a variety of public health issues
  • Principles of epidemiology necessary to understand health and illness
  • Methods to assess population-wide health concerns
  • Health promotion and protection strategies Interdisciplinary approaches to identifying and eliminating or controlling public health issues

The Public Health major prepares students for any number of satisfying careers helping Americans live longer, more fulfilling lives. It’s a great choice for students who want to put their intellect—and compassion—to work.

—Dr. Fred Hooven, Director & Associate Professor, Public Health Program

In the classroom. In the workforce.

What You’ll Learn

With a Public Health degree from AIC, you can be part of the solution to the health problems the US public faces.

Future Studies

As a graduate, you will be ready for entry-level career opportunities in a variety of settings, and for graduate studies in Public Health or other related fields.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared to work in a variety of settings and engage in a wide range of health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention activities.

The program consists of a total of 120 credits: 42 general education, 47-48 credits of core courses and cognate courses requirements, 15 credits of a selected major-related concentration and 15-16 credits of free electives. Major requirements: 27-28 credits of public health (PCH) specific courses that reflect competencies for undergraduate public health programs set forth by the Association of Schools of Public Health; 20 credits consist of courses that provide support to the major (e.g. Bio- Anatomy & Physiology; healthcare finance, healthcare delivery system, and other related social sciences).

Concentration: With guidance from the program advisor, students are required to select at least one concentration (15 credits) in an area of interest or anticipated career focus.

Course Descriptions

Overview of the basic principles of public health practice, including the infrastructure of public health, the tools employed by public health practitioners, biopsychosocial perspectives of public health problems, health promotion and prevention of disease and injury, quality assurance and improvement, and legal and ethical concerns.

Overview of major global health issues; the socioeconomic, biological, and environmental causes and consequences of disease; and global health metrics, ethics, policies, and practices.

Provides an introduction to principles of epidemiology, with a focus on preparation to read an interpret research in public health.

This course will examine the essential concepts, principles, organizational skills, and political processes integral to the development, formation, and analysis of public health policy. Senior Level.

The internship provides an opportunity for each student to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program by working under the guidance and direction of a public health professional. With the guidance of their program advisor, students may choose to complete the practicum in a public health setting that is of interest to them and aligns well with their career goals.

The course will be situated within the historical context of the United States, including the social, political, economic, cultural, legal, and ethical theories related to health disparities. Several frameworks regarding health disparities will be used for investigating and discussing the empirical evidence on disparities, research and outcome measurement issues, policy and policy formation concerns, and intervention practices. Disparities will be discussed in terms of racial/ethnic differences in health and health outcomes as well as disparities among other subgroups (e. g., the poor, women, uninsured, disabled, and non-English speaking populations) will also be included and discussed.

The ecological position of human populations within the global ecosystem and impacts of natural environmental factors and pollutants on human health will be explored. Specifically, how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems.

Overview of community health within the context of public health practice. Students will discuss foundations of community health, explore major health concerns, analyze determinants of health, and evaluate strategies to improve health of communities.

Focuses on the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed for planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs to facilitate health behavior changes in individuals, groups, and communities.

This course focuses on the integration of public health knowledge, skills, and practice acquired during the program. Emphasis will be on summarizing, analyzing and synthesizing major key concepts and critically evaluating strategies to impact the health of the public. Focus will be on current health challenges locally and globally.

Focuses on selecting and applying effective strategies and skills to plan, develop, and implement a culminating project that integrates coursework and internship experience. Provides students with the opportunity to focus on a key health issue in the community and/or one that is related to their intended career goals as a public health professional.

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