Public Health with Areas of Concentration (Associate of Science)

Award: Associate of Science
Degree Code: CNEP (Environmental Public Health Concentration - 60 Credits)
Degree Code: CNHN (Health Navigator Concentration - 60 Credits)
Degree Code: CNPH (Public Health Generalist Concentration - 60 Credits)

Program Description

The Associate of Science in Public Health offers students a flexible degree program designed to provide a sound base of foundational credit coursework and additional career specific studies and/or competencies in the discipline of public health. Through a combination of general education requirements, core electives, specific public health studies, and a final capstone assignment, graduates are prepared to enter the workforce and/or pursue further education in the field of public health.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education and Program Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Electives [H] 3
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology [S] and
General Biology Lab
4
BIO 208 and
BIO 218
Human Anatomy and Physiology I [S] and
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
4
EGL 101 College Composition [E] 3
EGL 211 Technical Writing 3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [SS] 3
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications [H] or
Public Speaking [H]
3
BIO 209 and
BIO 219
Human Anatomy and Physiology II [S] and
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4
PBH 104 Introduction to Public Health 3
PBH 110 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
SOC 105 Perspectives in Human Diversity [SS] 3

Environmental Public Health Concentration (17 Credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 222 and
BIO 232
Genetics and
Genetics Lab
4
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I [S] and
General Chemistry I Lab
4
ELECT Healthcare, Public Health, or Science Electives1 3
PBH 220 Environmental Health 3
PBH 270 Public Health Capstone 3

Health Navigator Concentration (17 Credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELECT Healthcare, Public Health, or Science Electives 1 5
HCD 120 Medical Terminology 3
HCD 270 Ethical Issues in Healthcare [H] 3
PBH 120 The U.S. Healthcare System 3
PBH 208 Health Education 3

Public Health Generalist Concentration (17 Credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELECT Healthcare, Public Health, or Science Electives 1 5
PBH 218 Health Administration 3
PBH 220 Environmental Health 3
PBH 270 Public Health Capstone 3
PSY 201 Human Growth and Development [SS] 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Course Number Course Title
Fall I (14 credits)
EGL 101 College Composition
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology and
General Biology Lab
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Spring I (16 credits)
EGL 211 Technical Writing
BIO 208 and
BIO 218
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications or
Public Speaking
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
Fall II (13 credits)
BIO 209 and
BIO 219
Human Anatomy and Physiology II and
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
PBH 104 Introduction to Public Health
PBH 110 Introduction to Epidemiology
SOC 105 Perspectives in Human Diversity
Spring II (17 credits)
ELECT Concentration Electives

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the entry level knowledge, and written and verbal communication skills and abilities associated with public health.
  • Apply the acquired the skills and knowledge to practice in an entry-level public health position.
  • Transfer to a baccalaureate program of study with public health generalist or specialized bachelor's degree programs including health education, health administration, and/or environmental health.

Career Opportunities

Community health worker, health educator, healthcare administrator, research analyst, health services manager or administrator, government policy analyst, health education specialist, health promotion specialist, environmental specialist, and field investigator.


1 Suggested electives are BIO 200/210, HCD 270, PBH 120, PBH 208, PBH 218, PBH 220