Public health education is the development of individual, group, institutional, community and systemic strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior. The purpose of public health education is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health.
Public health education improves the health status of individuals, families, communities, states, and the nation. Public health education enhances the quality of life for all people and reduces premature deaths. By focusing on prevention, public health education reduces the costs (both financial and human) individuals, employers, families, insurance companies, medical facilities, communities, the state and the nation would spend on medical treatment.
Students graduating with our public health and community health education degree have a strong foundation in public health and are skilled in the competencies identified by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, to accredit schools of public health and public health programs. The BS-PHCHE program at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse is the only one of its kind in the University of Wisconsin System with national accreditation through CEPH. The program, which was initially accredited thru CEPH in May 1992, was recently reaccredited thru CEPH until July 2027.
The Public Health and Community Health Education Program prepares students for careers in county and state public health departments, private health agencies, hospitals, health clinics, community organizations, non-profit agencies, and with governmental agencies. Courses develop skills and knowledge in public health and administrative, program planning, implementation and evaluation, epidemiology, environmental health, national and global health issues, grant seeking, mental and emotional health, drug and alcohol, nutrition education, and theories of health behavior.
Admission to program
- Public health and community health education students must submit an application for program admission and for enrolling in the public health/community health education course sequence. Prior to applying, the following courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better (see below).
- A UWL cumulative GPA of 2.25 or better is required in order to be considered for admission to the public health and community health education major.
- Public health and community health education students must meet the following additional requirements for admission to the public health and community health education preceptorship (PH 498): apply for and receive the recommendation of the public health and community health education faculty; achieve a minimum 2.75 major GPA; successfully complete all required course work.
|Pre-admission, interdisciplinary courses|
|BIO 100||Biology for the Informed Citizen||4|
|or BIO 105||General Biology|
|Select one of the following:||6-8|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science II (Not open for credit to students who have credit in BIO 312.)
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
|HED 210||Foundations of Health Education||3|
|HPR 105||Creating A Healthy, Active Lifestyle||3|
|or HP 105||Analysis of Health, Wellness and Disease for the Health Care Consumer|
|or HED 207||Youth Health Issues|
|MIC 100||Microbes and Society||3-4|
|or MIC 130||Global Impact of Infectious Disease|
|PH 200||Public Health for the Educated Citizen||3|
|PH 204||Introduction to Global Health||3|
|STAT 145||Elementary Statistics||4|
|One social behavioral science course:||3|
|Human Nature/Human Culture|
|Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Studies|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
|American National Government|
|State and Local Government|
|Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class|
|Introduction to Sociology|
(College of Science and Health)
57 Credits (87-90 credits, including interdisciplinary, pre-admission requirements)
|Core courses (57 credits)|
|CHE 360||Methods and Strategies for Health Education||3|
|CHE 370||Motivational Interviewing for Health Educators||3|
|CHE 380||Assessment and Program Planning in Health Education||3|
|CHE 400||Health Policy, Advocacy, and Community Organizations||3|
|CHE 430||Grant Writing and Resource Management||3|
|CHE 450||Implementation, Administration, and Evaluation of Health Education Programs||3|
|CHE 480||Senior Capstone||3|
|HED 320||The U.S. Health Care System||3|
|PH 335||Environmental Health||3|
|PH 340||Epidemiology and Human Disease Prevention||3|
|PH 498||Community Health Education Preceptorship||15|
|Health content: minimum 12 credits||12|
|Physical Activity and Public Health|
|Issues in Mental and Emotional Health|
|Stress Management and Relaxation Skills (1 credit course)|
|Women's Health Issues|
|Violence and Injury Prevention|
|Experiential Learning Strategies for Health Education|
|Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior|
|Sexual Health Promotion|
|Health Aspects of Aging|
All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for public health and community health education majors), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
- At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.
The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level.
Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.
This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.
This major is exempt from the CSH College Core requirement.
|BIO 100 or 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||4||PH 200 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3|
|CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3||ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3|
|HPR 105, HP 105, or HED 207 (Gen Ed Health & Well-Being)||3||STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math)||4|
|FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)||3||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|Gen Ed World History||3||MIC 130 (Gen Ed Global Studies)2||3|
|Meet with faculty advisor to discuss admission to Public Health & Community Health Education (PHCHE) Program.1|
|PH 204||3||HED 210||3|
|ESS 205 or BIO 312||3||ESS 206 or BIO 313||3|
|Gen Ed Humanistic Studies||3||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|Gen Ed Natural Lab Science||4-5||Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems||3-4|
|Gen Ed Self & Society||3||Health Content Elective4||3|
|Apply for admission to PHCHE Program. See faculty advisor for assistance.1||HED 320||3|
|PH 335||3||CHE 380||3|
|PH 340||3||CHE 400||3|
|CHE 360||3||Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3|
|CHE 370||3||Health Content Elective4||3|
|Health Content Elective4||3|
|CHE 430||3||PH 4985||15|
|Health Content Elective4||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
See the PHCHE admission policy for the admission requirements for this major.
One social behavioral science course is required for admission. Many of the course options will fulfil the Gen Ed Self & Society category as well. For a list of courses, refer to the PHCHE admission policy.
Student should work with faculty advisor to determine an appropriate preceptorship site.