Ray G. Newman, Chair
118 College Drive, Box 5122
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Ahua, Anderson-Lewis, Arrington, Carver, Choi, Dobson, Fastring, McGuire, Mitra, Newman, Powell
The Department of Public Health offers a Bachelor of Science in community health sciences in the emphasis areas of health promotion and health policy and administration. Students are trained for exciting careers in a health-related profession dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communitites.
Overview of Majors
Students majoring in community health sciences with an emphasis in health promotion will complete courses pertaining to personal wellness, contemporary health issues, community program planning and evaluation, health policy and administration, and social and behavioral psychology.
Students majoring in community health sciences with an emphasis in health policy and administration will complete courses pertaining to health care planning, management, marketing and financing in addition to community health course work.
Students with a degree in community health sciences work in a variety of health-related settings, including hospitals, health clinics, health departments, nursing homes, assisted living communities, and nonprofit and community outreach organizations.
Public health students are required to complete a 200-hour practicum at an approved health-related facility. In the practicum, students will observe and participate in daily activities under the direction of a facility preceptor.
Special Program Requirements
The following are requirements for a degree in community health sciences:
Cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be admitted into the program
Cumulative GPA of 2.5 before taking any DPH course above 300 (except 430 and 436)
Grade of C or better in all program curriculum courses
Though a student may be admitted to the program based on a cumulative GPA earned at a previous institution (i.e., junior college), once admitted the student must obtain and maintain a Southern Miss cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better to remain in good standing within the program. Students with a Southern Miss cumulative GPA of less than 2.5 will be placed on program probation and will not be allowed to enroll in DPH courses 300 level and above until the cumulative Southern Miss GPA is once again 2.5 or above.
Offerings for Non-majors
A number of courses offered within the Department of Public Health do not have prerequisites and are excellent choices for electives.
DPH 101 - Personal Wellness
DPH 430 - Human Sexuality
DPH 436 - Stress Management Techniques
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceNon-degree