Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Community Health

     Students completing the community health, health education, or school health 
     education program concentrations are eligible to sit for the national credential exam 
     -Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.).

Health Care Administration

      The field of Health Care Administrators will experience rapid employment growth. 
      Applicants with work experience in health care and strong business and 
      management skills will likely have the best opportunities. A master's degree is the
      standard credential for most positions, although a bachelor's degree is adequate for
      some entry-level positions in smaller facilities and in health information  
      management. Students completing the health care administration option with a 
      minor in management and completing an internship at a long-term care facility may
      take the Tennessee State Licensing Exam for Nursing Home Administrator.

What do they do?

  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care.
  • Improve efficiency in health care facilities and the quality of the health care provided.
  • Establish and implement policies, objectives and procedures.
  • Evaluate personnel and work.
  • Develop reports and budgets.

Working Conditions
Most medical and health services managers work long hours. Facilities such as
     nursing care facilities and hospitals operate around the clock, and administrators
     and managers may be called at all hours to deal with problems. They also may travel 
     to attend meetings or inspect satellite facilities.

Eligibility for Admission Consideration:

Admission to the B.S. in Public Health program of study is a competitive process and separate from the student's admission to ETSU. A limited number of students are admitted annually. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of academic record and written personal statement.

Candidate Admission Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for consideration for admission:

  1. Submission of complete department application by admission deadline.
  2. Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the applicant's last 30 credit hours of college-level coursework.
  3. Be within 8 credit hours of completion of general education core curriculum.

Admission to the Public Health Program of Study:

Admission to the Public Health program of study is a competitive process and based on the following criteria:

  1. 40 points: The higher of the applicant's overall GPA or GPA in the last 30 hours of completed college-level coursework, calculated at the end of the fall semester in which the applicant has applied to the program. Example of grade point average conversion: 3.2 grade point average = 32 points.
  2. 20 points: Resume and written personal mission statement as evaluated by admissions committee.

Composite scores for students on this 60 point scale will be the criteria for admission based on available space.

For additional information and/or an admissions packet please e-mail Mike Stoots, undergraduate coordinator, at .

Application and Resume Template


Retention/Progression Policy:

Public Health students will be allowed to progress in the Public Health major as long as all Public Health core and concentration courses are completed with a grade of C or better. Progression status will be evaluated at the close of each semester. Students receiving a grade below a C in any core or concentration course will be placed on probationary status in the College of Public Health. If those students wish to repeat the course and progress in the program, they must file an appeal with the Public Health Undergraduate Coordinator. A student with probationary status who receives a second grade below a C in any core or concentration course will not be permitted to progress in the Public Health major.For additional information, contact the program's undergraduate academic advisor.