James Madison University

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Concentration in Public Health Education

About the Program


This concentration prepares the student for entry-level public health education positions or health-related positions in a wide variety of government, community, and voluntary health agencies, such as health departments and community-based health programs. This concentration also provides a strong foundation for students to pursue a Master of Public Health degree. Students completing this concentration are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The program has been approved by the Society for Public Health Education and the American Association for Health Education.

Admission to the Program


Any student may declare a major in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health Education.

Deadlines for change or declaration of major forms are as follows:

  • Summer: Declare by February 15
  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: September 15 of the previous year

Forms submitted after the deadline will apply to the following semester.

Public Health Education Internship


The Public Health Education concentration requires HTH 495 –Public Health Education Internship. HTH 495 is an internship which requires a minimum of eight (8) consecutive weeks of fulltime work in a public health agency for a minimum of 320 hours. It is considered to be the capstone course for the concentration. The internship is completed during the 4th block of the senior year or the May session immediately following the regular school year. Students wishing to complete the internship during the 4th block of their senior year must carefully plan their course of study to take HTH  458, 471 and  423 during the third block and HTH 495 during the 4th block. No other course may be taken during the internship as it is fulltime work.

Students need an override for the Internship. A signed Confirmation Agreement by the student, Faculty advisor, and the site supervisor is necessary before starting the eight week internship. The internship syllabus, requirements and other related course forms can be found at the following links:

Curriculum Overview


Curriculum checklists:

A complete listing of all core and elective courses is available in the Health Sciences section of the official JMU Undergraduate Catalog.

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Announcements


  • How to declare a Health Sciences Major
  • Health Sciences has BLACKOUT dates of September 15th and February 15th. You must be declared by September 15th to add HTH courses in the following Spring semester and by February 15th for the following Fall semester. There are NO exceptions.
  • Summer Hours 
    May 6 - August 19 
    Mon-Thurs 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

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