Public Health Major, Health Systems Administration and Policy Concentration (B.S.)

Administrator: Ms. Ann Schurmann

Office: University Hall, Room 4159

Phone: (973) 655-7681


When people think about careers in health, many think about medical careers (such as doctor or nurse) that involve treating individuals who have illnesses or injuries. Public health practitioners address the health of whole populations and focus on injury and disease prevention, as well as the promotion of optimal health, rather than on treatment.  The B.S. in Public Health with concentration in Health Systems Administration and Policy prepares public health professionals with strategic skills for the management and administration of hospitals and healthcare systems with a focus on prevention and in service of social justice and health equity.  Specifically, it will include core content on finance, management, and ethics that will enable students to understand how to work within the healthcare delivery system to create programs and promote policies that eliminate disparities in health outcomes among different populations so that everyone has an equal access to quality care and an equal opportunity to be healthy.  Graduates of the program will work in a variety of settings including private and public hospitals, community clinics, and nonprofit organizations. 

Program Requirements

Students must complete General Education requirements and World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Public Health Core
HLTH 102Introduction to Public Health3
HLTH 202Public Health Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency3
HLTH 204Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health3
HLTH 240Foundations of Environmental Health3
HLTH 360Health Policy and Administration3
HLTH 365Science of Public Health: Epidemiology3
HLTH 425Applied Statistics for Public Health3
Health Systems Administration & Policy Concentration Requirements
HLTH 355Addressing Health Disparities Through Social Justice3
HLTH 361Health Systems Administration and Leadership3
HLTH 370Health Economics and Finance3
HLTH 490Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HLTH 492Health Systems Research and Evaluation3
Public Health Required Fieldwork
HLTH 497Introduction to Internship and Professionalism3
HLTH 498Internship and Culminating Seminar6
Public Health Biology Requirement
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
Health Systems Administration & Policy Electives
Complete 4 courses from the following (at least 2 courses must be at the 300-400 level): 12
Medical Terminology
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Special Topics in Health
Women's Health
Professional Certifications in Health
School Health and Community Services
Population Approaches to Diet and Activity
Health Aspects of Aging
Race, Racism, and Health
Gender, Sexuality, and Health Disparities
Social Marketing
Community and Health
Special Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Sociology of Health and Illness
Grant Proposal Writing
Public Health Required Collateral Course
STAT 109Statistics3
Total Credits66