Public Health

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health is to prepare students for the multidisciplinary field of practice concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining the public’s health. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc. ( identifies seven areas of responsibility for health educators. The program is grounded in these seven areas and students will be prepared to sit for this optional certification exam.

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  • Program Goals
  • Competencies

The Department of Nursing and Health Professions endorses the competencies outlined in the Accreditation criteria for Standalone Baccalaureate Programs (2018, p. 4) and NCHEC’s areas of responsibility as delineated in Areas of Responsibilities, Competencies, and Sub-competencies for Health Education Specialists (2015, pgs. 1-12)


Accordingly, the baccalaureate program prepares graduates to:

  • Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences
  • Locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize public health information
  • Assess needs, resources and capacity for public health information
  • Plan and implement health education, promotion and public health programs
  • Develop evaluation and research related to health education, promotion and public health
  • Administer and manage health education, promotion and public health efforts
  • Serve as a health education, promotion and public health resource person
  • Communicate, promote and advocate for health, health education, promotion, public health and the profession.
  • State the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society
  • Summarize the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice
  • Employ the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations
  • Evaluate the underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course
  • Relate the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
  • Prepare the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning,


The value of our students’ service to the community each year
Year-round experiential-learning opportunities are available to USCB Public Health students
Classes in the Public Health program at USCB start every eight weeks
Open Doors
What are our graduates doing now?
Graduate Schools
Career Paths
  • Public Health worker
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Nongovernment organizations
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of South Carolina Columbia
Graduate Schools
  • University of South Carolina Columbia 
  • Memory Matters, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Arrythmia Alliance, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Department of Health and Environment and Control, Beaufort, S.C.
  • Beaufort County School District
  • Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), Beaufort
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort

Joyce Cheung
“All of my professors took such an interest in my personal development — that, combined with the real world experience I received, really helped me feel prepared to take on any challenge.”
Joyce Cheung
Biology Major, Class of 2017