Catalog 2019-2020 
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Public Health, BAS

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Program Admission Date: Fall

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health degree prepares students for careers in public health in such areas as epidemiology, biostatistics, public health research, public policy, and community health and education. Courses in this program are focused with an interdisciplinary approach. Course content builds on lower division coursework, encouraging group and independent research, advanced writing, reading, and comprehension skills. Students will bridge theory into application and develop work-ready, practitioner skills. Additionally, program students will use computers, case studies, active learning, group work, laboratory exercises, and capstone projects to apply their knowledge to curriculum requirements. These activities will mirror real-world scenarios to ready the student for employment. Graduates may find employment in non-profit agencies, research institutions, governmental agencies, and private or public businesses.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health graduates will:

  • Apply the fundamental principles of public health to individual, community, and population health issues to study disease incidence and prevalence
  • Explain the etiology and prevalence of chronic and infectious diseases and how it relates to prevention, management, and treatment strategies
  • Explain the impact of health disparities as related to health behavior and outcomes, intervention strategies, public health policy, and healthcare access and quality
  • Investigate concepts in public health ethics and healthcare leadership and management, including the right to health care, public health research/bioethics, social justice, economic impacts, conflict between autonomy and health promotion strategies, and public health theory and practice
  • Consider cultural and behavioral factors that influence health status in individuals and populations
  • Investigate the role that the environment and chemical exposure has on health
  • Apply statistical and other quantitative analysis tools and techniques to issues in public health
  • Develop culturally-tailored health programs and interventions through community assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • Demonstrate effective communication and critical-thinking skills required for success within the field of public health
  • Evaluate and analyze data as it relates to health outcomes and prevention, management, and treatment strategies

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor.


Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.5.

Completion of at least 30 credits of College-level Academic Core courses with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA (previously listed as 2.5) in each class as follows:

  • Communication Skills (Including ENGL& 101 English Composition I  or equivalent) - 10 credits
  • Introduction to Statistics (MATH& 146  or equivalent) - 5 credits
  • Social Sciences - 10 credits
  • Natural/Physical Sciences - 5 credits with lab

Program Requirements

Recommended Course Sequence

The courses listed below are a suggested sequence; as long as prerequisites are met, courses may be taken in a different order.

Specialization Requirements - 20 Credits

Students select one of the following specializations and complete all courses within the selected specialization.

Total Program Credits: 90

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