Public Health Promotion and Behavioral Public Health Concentrations

Miami University offers two undergraduate degrees in public health. Undergraduate students take a variety of courses to build general public health knowledge and develop a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of how to address existing and emerging public health problems. Students choose from two degrees—a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Kinesiology and Health—with a major in Public Health hosted by the College of Education, Health, and Society or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health hosted by the College of Arts and Science. Both degrees require a set of integrated core courses with additional requirements that encourage students to explore a breadth of coursework. Both degrees prepare students seeking future training in the health sciences, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, kinesiology, pharmacy, and social work.

Public Health Promotion Concentration

Students who have an interest in the complex interplay of cultural, ethical, social, economic, political, and social justice forces that shape human health.

Students who would like to pursue careers in health education and promotion or non-profit/governmental work.

Behavioral Public Health Concentration

Behavioral Public Health students will:

  • Gain an understanding of key determinants of health from a socio-ecological perspective, and explore socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
  • Investigate approaches to addressing major public health concerns.
  • Examine and explore the range of public health interventions that are focused on improving health and well-being.
  • Explore multi-tiered public health strategies for prevention and treatment.

Course Requirements

The requirements represent the faculty’s consolidation of the standards specified by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) and a thorough review of undergraduate public health programs offered by other universities. The program is intentionally broad in focus within the discipline in order to expand the opportunities of the graduate. Our curriculum requires a set of core courses needed by all public health majors, focus course selections and a capstone course that provides more in-depth coverage of disciplines within the field, and elective courses to complement the students’ career objectives and interests.

Recommended courses by semester
Public Health (All Required)
Introduction to Public Health
Community Health Perspectives
KNH 125 or MBI 131 3
Epidemiology MBI 361 3
Environmental Public Health IES/KHN 441 3
National and Global Health Policy
Social Policy & Programs in Gerontology
KNH 321 or GTY 365 3
Applied Health Behavior Change KNH 218 3
Social Marketing in Public Health KNH 221 3
Applied Statistics
STA 261 or STA 301 4 or 3
Total 21-22

KNH Matrix

Select at least nine KNH hours outside of major/concentration but inside of KNH (9 credits)

Recommended courses by semester
Concentrations (One Concentration Required)

Public Health Promotion

Behavioral Public Health

Take all

KNH 362 – Public Health Communication (3)
KNH 462 – Public Health Planning & Evaluation (3)
KNH 295 – Research and Evaluation Methods (3)


KNH 262 – Public Health Education (3)

Choose two

GHS 101 – Introduction to Global Health (3)
KNH 188 – Physical Activity and Health (3)
KNH 432 – Nutrition Across the Lifespan (3)
GTY 456 – Aging & Health (3)
KNH 424 – Public Health Disparities Past & Current (3)


KNH 329 – Psychological Perspectives on Health (3)
EDP 101 – Psychology of the Learner (3)


PSY 111 + PSY 112 – Introduction to Psychology (4) + Foundational Experiences in Psychology

Choose one

KNH 209 – Medical Terminology (3)
KNH 214 – Global Well-Being (3)
PSY 221 – Social Psychology (3)
PSY 242 – Abnormal Psychology (3)
FSW 312 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
EDP 357 – Student Mental Health (3)
PSY 410P* – Community Psychology (3)

Choose one (1-3)

KNH 340 – Internship
KNH 377R – Research
KNH 477R – Research

Choose one (1-3)

KNH 340 – Internship
KNH 377R – Research
KNH 477R – Research

19-21 Credits

Major Total: 49-52

19-22 Credits

Major Total: 49-53

Host: Kinesiology and Health

Contact: Paul Branscum

Host: Kinesiology and Health

Contact: Paul Branscum

*this is a capstone


Career Opportunities

  • City and County Health Departments
  • Employee Health & Wellness
  • Government
  • Health Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Health Promoter in Schools
  • Hospital Wellness Programs
  • Private Health Organizations
  • Public Health Organizations
  • University Wellness Program Coordinator

*If you are interested in sitting for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) Exam through the NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing) meet with your academic advisor for the CHES Exam eligibility requirements.