SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH STUDIES
www.miami.edu/nur

Please consult your 2012-2013 Student Handbook for the applicable curriculum and program policies.  Please note that courses and policies are subject to change throughout the academic year.  Check with the Office of Student Services at the School of Nursing and Health Studies for current materials.

The School of Nursing and Health Studies is committed to academic excellence, the advancement of nursing as a discipline, and service to society. Opportunities are available for students to study and earn course credit in a variety of international settings.

MISSION

The mission of the School of Nursing and Health Studies is to educate students and support faculty committed to excellence in the art and science of nursing and health studies through creating and disseminating health knowledge and developing culturally competent leaders to provide service to our community, the nation, and the world.
The mission of the School of Nursing and Health Studies is to educate students and support faculty committed to excellence in nursing and health science. Through research, education and practice, the school will create and disseminate health knowledge and prepare culturally competent leaders to provide safe service to our community, the nation and the world.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

Students in the School of Nursing and Health Studies are responsible for meeting the degree requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to with all the provisions of the Bulletin.  Changes to academic requirements and policies are updated in the School of Nursing and Health Studies Undergraduate Handbook.

The general requirements for graduation from the University of Miami are further described in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Bulletin.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION POLICY: 

It is the policy of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies to adhere to Standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any students needing special accommodations to complete a course must submit written documentation to the Office of Disability Services (ODS).  This office is the primary source responsible for the coordination of auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities.  Information and/or services are available to prospective and enrolled students, their parents and/or sponsors.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

Students interested in obtaining financial aid in the form of student loans and grants should contact the Office of Financial Assistance Services. Limited, small scholarships are available through the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The qualifications for these scholarships vary; further information is available from the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Office of Financial Assistance Services, and on the SONHS website (www.miami.edu/sonhs).

FACILITIES:

The School of Nursing and Health Studies is located on the Coral Gables Campus. The four-story Jerusalem-stone and stucco Schwartz Center features classrooms and clinical practice labs, seminar and conference rooms, two computer labs, and a simulation academy, all equipped with the latest technology. The spacious 53,000-square-foot facility supports the work of more than 40 nurse scientists and clinical educators and our 741 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the school’s nursing and health science programs annually. The building opened in fall 2006. Library resources for nursing students are at the Otto G. Richter Library on the Coral Gables Campus and the Calder Medical Library on the Medical Center Campus. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of hospitals and health related agencies in the community.

NURSING
ACCREDITATION

The nursing baccalaureate program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Baccalaureate education is the primary foundation for professional nursing, as well as for graduate education; students who successfully complete the baccalaureate program are eligible to sit for the licensure examination to practice professional nursing. Graduates of diploma and associate nursing degree programs are admitted as transfer students to obtain the BSN degree. Students holding a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing who would like to pursue the BSN are admitted to the Accelerated Program.

ACADEMIC POLICIES

ADMISSION:

Admission to the BSN Program is open to individuals who have demonstrated that they have the intellectual ability and the personal qualifications necessary for the profession of nursing. All applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the University of Miami; requests for admission should be directed to the Office of Admissions on the Coral Gables Campus.

Transfer students from accredited universities, colleges, or junior colleges may be admitted with advanced standing as space allows provided they have completed courses comparable to those required by the University of Miami. Transfer students are advised to contact the Office of Student Services at the School of Nursing and Health Studies concerning prerequisites.

An RN transition option is offered which allows RNs with an associate degree or diploma to earn the BSN degree. Academic transcripts are evaluated to determine that the 60 credits of transferable course work have been successfully completed.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS:

Nursing education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills and professional attitudes and behaviors. The nursing degrees awarded by the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies at the completion of the educational process certifies that the individual has acquired a base of knowledge and skills requisite for the practice of nursing at the respective undergraduate or graduate level. To this end, all courses in the curriculum must be completed successfully. In order to acquire the knowledge and skills to function in a variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, candidates for the undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing must have abilities and skills in five areas:

• Observation
• Communication
• Motor
• Conceptual-Integrative
• Behavioral-Social

Technological compensation can be made for some disabilities in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner and exercise independent judgment.

Observation

The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and participate in didactic courses and simulated learning opportunities. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation requires the use of common sense, as well as the functional use of the senses of vision, audition, olfaction, and palpation.

Communication

Candidates must communicate effectively using English in clinical and classroom settings. A candidate must be able to elicit information from patients, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech, but reading and writing. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the health care team in both immediate and recorded modes.

Motor

Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other assessment techniques. A candidate should be able to perform nursing skills requiring the use of gross and fine motor skills (e.g. IV insertion, venous blood draw, urinary catheter insertion). A candidate should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide nursing care and emergency response to patients. Examples of emergency responses reasonably required of nurses are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, medication administration, and application of pressure to stop bleeding. Candidates must perform actions which require the use of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision. Candidates should also be able to assist and/or participate in various lifting activities.

Conceptual-Integrative

These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, synthesis, and retention of complex information. Critical thinking requires all of these intellectual abilities in order to provide optimal nursing care. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.

Behavioral-Social

Candidates must possess the emotional health required for the full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress in the classroom and clinical area. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical environment. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the admissions and educational process.

Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case by case basis for individuals who meet eligibility under applicable statutes. Any person expecting to need accommodations should request them prior to beginning the program, as some accommodations may not be considered reasonable and may impact an applicant’s ability to complete all components of the program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT INTO CLINICAL COURSES:

BSN students at the University of Miami of Miami must achieve junior standing with a minimum UM GPA of 3.0 and a UM prerequisite GPA of 2.75.

Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a prerequisite GPA of 3.3.

Accelerated Option students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 with a 3.0 for prerequisite courses.

To be considered for progression or admission to clinical coursework, students are allowed to repeat only 1 failed prerequisite course.

Requirements for enrollment into upper division nursing courses:

             
Requirements for enrollment into upper division nursing courses:
Course
Traditional BSN
Accelerated Option BSN
RN-BSN
Chemistry w/ Lab
CHM 103/105
Human Anatomy w/ Lab
HCS 212/213
Physiology
HCS 215
Microbiology
MIC 320
Introductory Statistics in
Health Care NUR 202
Intro to Psychology
PSY 110
College Algebra
MTH 101
General Biology w/ Lab
BIL 150/151
Therapeutic Nutrition
NUR 306
Human Growth & Development
NUR 317
Baccalaureate Degree
FL RN License  

Students are required to have a health examination prior to enrollment in clinical nursing courses. All students must provide evidence of a current TB screening test, hepatitis B, MMR, tetanus, varicella and influenza vaccinations, and certification in Basic Life Support. Students must submit to drug screening and background checks. See the School of Nursing and Health Studies Student Handbook 2012-13 for further information.

ACADEMIC PROGRESS:

To be assured of uninterrupted progression through the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better. 

Student records are reviewed at the close of each semester, and those students with a cumulative average of less than 2.0 are subject to being placed on academic probation according to the University of Miami Policy on Academic Probation and Dismissal. A grade of C- is not an acceptable passing grade in any nursing course within the BSN program.
When a clinical nursing course is repeated, both theoretical and clinical components must be repeated. When a course must be repeated progression in the nursing program will be altered in order for prerequisites to be met. Such alteration will, in all likelihood, lengthen the time required to complete the nursing program.  Students will be required to fulfill the requirements that are in effect at the time of the current program.  No special courses will be created for students who are repeating the same course.

Students are allowed to repeat only one failed nursing course.  Failure of the same course again or any other nursing course will be grounds for dismissal from SONHS.

REGISTERED NURSE LICENSURE:

Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nursing after a student passes all the courses, completes the credit hours, and completes the requirements for the HESI exit exam.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

 
TRADITIONAL BSN:

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
AREAS OF PROFICIENCY

Proficiency requirements are intended to ensure that students either already possess, or will develop at the University, the ability to express themselves effectively, to use mathematics with facility, and to reason cogently.

1. English Composition 6 credits

English 105 and English 106 or the equivalent

2. Writing Across the Curriculum (W) 5 courses

In addition to English 105/106, students must complete five (5) courses designated as
Writing Across the Curriculum (W) courses. Courses designated as writing courses (“W” courses) require a substantial amount of writing and the preparation of papers that are corrected for diction, syntax, style, and content. Some courses satisfying this Writing Across the Curriculum requirement may simultaneously fulfill Areas of Knowledge requirements (described below).

3. Mathematics

Students fulfill this requirement by satisfactorily completing an approved course in statistics above the level of MTH 101.

AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE

These requirements are designed to help students understand and appreciate the intellectual achievements in major areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor.

1. Natural World - 6 credits
a. Biology 150/151
b. Chemistry 103/105

2. People and Society - 6 credits
a. Psychology 110
b. 3 additional credits

Courses in the following areas may be used to fulfill this requirement:
Africana Studies (AAS); American Studies (AMS); Anthropology (except APY 203);
Economics (ECO); Education and Psychological Studies (EPS); Geography and Regional
Studies (except GEG 120); International Studies (INS); Judaic Studies (JUS); History (HIS);
Political Sciences (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC); Teaching and Learning (TAL);
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), and the following courses: Broadcasting and
Broadcast Journalism (CBR 102); Mass Media Communication in Society (COM 101);
Communication Theory (COM 110); Interpersonal Communication (COS 112); Nonverbal
Communication (COS 118); Political Communication (COS 336); Persuasion (COS 472).

3. Arts and Humanities - 12 credits

Courses in the following areas may be used to fulfill this requirement: Architecture; Music; Art and Art History; Theatre Arts; Motion Pictures and Photography; English (200-level or above); Modern Languages and Literature (300-level or above); Philosophy; Religious Studies; and the following courses: Public Speaking (COS 211); World History of the Dance (DAN 250).

BSN TRADITIONAL
PROGRAM OF STUDY
LOWER DIVISION
NURSING MAJOR  
These are intended as examples only.  Students have several options for completing the first two years of study. The Office of Student Services will assist students to select specific courses which most accurately reflect the student’s interests, abilities, and career goals.  Students must complete all prerequisites prior to entering the junior year of clinical coursework.

Freshman Year
Fall CreditsSpring Credits
Eng 105English Comp3 crEng 106 English Comp3 cr
Bil 150/151General Biology w/ Lab5 crHcs 212/213   Human Anatomy w/ Lab4 cr
Arts/Hum 3 crArts/Hum 3 cr
Mth 101College Algebra3 crPsy 110 General Psychology3 cr
UMX 100University Experience1 crElective 3 cr
15 credits 16 credits
Sophomore Year
Fall CreditsSpring
Hcs 215Systemic Physiology3 crNur 202Intro Statistics in Health Care3 cr
Arts/Hum 3 crMic 320Intro to Microbiology for Nurses3 cr
Chm 103/105Chemistry for Life Sciences I w/ Lab   4 crNur 317 Growth & Development3 cr
Nur 306 Principles of Nutrition3 crArts/Hum 3 cr
People & Society 3 crElectiveOptional3 cr
15 credits 15 credits
61 credits

Prerequisites in Bold

BSN TRADITIONAL PROGRAM OF STUDY
UPPER DIVISION NURSING MAJOR
(Current Curriculum)

Fall Credits
NUR 304Adult Health I6cr
NUR 307Pharmacology3cr
NUR 311Theories & Concepts of Nursing (W)2cr
NUR 314Health Assessment 3cr
NUR 315Pathophysiology3cr
17 cr
Spring
NUR 308Adult Health II8cr
NUR 318Maternal Health Nursing4cr
NUR 320Pediatric Health Nursing4cr
16 cr
Fall
NUR 411 Adult Health III5cr
NUR 440Population Focused Nursing4cr
NUR 448Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing4cr
13 cr
Spring
HCS/NUR XXX         Nursing Elective (W)3cr
NUR 400Theories Research and Evidence Based Practice (W)        3cr
NUR 450Role Transition (W)8cr
14 cr
60 credits


(W) Indicates Writing Intensive Course

Approved by School Council:  3/4/2009

BSN TRADITIONAL PROGRAM OF STUDY
UPPER DIVISION NURSING MAJOR
(Starts Fall 2012)

Fall Credits
NUR 304Adult Health I6cr
NUR 307Pharmacology3cr
NUR 311Theories & Concepts of Nursing (W)2cr
NUR 314Health Assessment 3cr
NUR 315Pathophysiology3cr
17 cr
Spring
NUR 308Adult Health II8cr
NUR 318Maternal Health Nursing4cr
NUR 320Pediatric Health Nursing4cr
16 cr
Fall
NUR 411 Adult Health III5cr
NUR 440Population Focused Nursing4cr
NUR 448Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing4cr
13 cr
Spring
HCS/NUR XXX         Nursing Elective (W)3cr
NUR 400Theories Research and Evidence Based Practice (W)        3cr
NUR 430Leadership in Nursing (W)3cr
NUR 453Role Transition (W)5cr
14 cr
60 credits


(W) Indicates Writing Intensive Course

Approved by Curriculum Comm:  3/5/2012
Approved by School Council:      3/7/2012

BSN ACCELERATED PROGRAM OF STUDY
UPPER DIVISION NURSING MAJOR
(Current Curriculum)

Summer Credits
NUR 304Adult Health I6cr
NUR 307Pharmacology3cr
NUR 314Health Assessment3cr
NUR 315 Pathophysiology3cr
15 cr
Fall
NUR 308Adult Health II8cr
NUR 318Maternal Health Nursing4cr
NUR 320Pediatric Health Nursing4cr
NUR 401Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3cr
19 cr
Spring
NUR 411Adult Health III5cr
NUR 440Population Focused Nursing4cr
NUR 448Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing   4cr
NUR 450Role Transition (W)8cr
21 cr
55 credits

(W) Indicates Writing Intensive Course

Approved by School Council:  3/4/2009 
BSN ACCELERATED PROGRAM OF STUDY
UPPER DIVISION NURSING MAJOR
(Starts Summer 2012)


Summer
Credits
NUR 304 Adult Health I 6cr
NUR 307 Pharmacology 3cr
NUR 314 Health Assessment 3cr
NUR 315 Pathophysiology 3cr
15 cr

Fall

NUR 308 Adult Health II 8cr
NUR 318 Maternal Health Nursing 4cr
NUR 320 Pediatric Health Nursing 4cr
NUR 401 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 3cr
NUR 430 Leadership in Nursing (W) 3cr
22 cr

Spring

NUR 411 Adult Health III 5cr
NUR 440 Population Focused Nursing 4cr
NUR 448 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 4cr
NUR 453 Role Transition (W) 5cr
18 cr

55 credits
(W) Indicates Writing Intensive Course

Approved by Curriculum Comm:  3/5/2012
Approved by School Council:      3/7/2012

 

 

 


RN - BSN
Full-Time Program of Study
Upper Division Nursing Major


SUMMER
Credits
NUR 311 Theories & Concepts of Nursing (W) 2 cr
NUR 314 Health Assessment 3 cr
NUR 350 Career Pathway: Assessment and Development 3 cr
NUR 390 Advanced Placement Practice I 10 cr
18 cr

FALL

NUR 400 Theories, Research and Evidence-Based Practice (W)   3 cr
NUR 405 Career Pathway:  Professional Development   3 cr
NUR 440 Population Focused Nursing   4 cr
NUR 403 Advanced Placement Practice II 10 cr
20 cr

SPRING

NUR 305 Issues in Health Disparities (W)   3 cr
NUR 408 Genetics and Healthcare (W)   3 cr
NUR 426 Leadership and Management in Nursing (W)   6 cr
NUR 414 Advanced Placement Practice II 10 cr
22 cr

60 cr

(W) Indicates Writing Intensive Course



RN - BSN
Part-Time Program of Study
Upper Division Nursing Major


SPRING
Credits
NUR 311 Theories & Concepts of Nursing (W) 2 cr
NUR 314 Health Assessment 3 cr
5 cr
F
SUMMER
NUR 350 Career Pathway: Assessment and Development 3 cr
NUR 400 Theories, Research and Evidence-Based Practice (W) 3 cr
6 cr

FALL
NUR 405 Career Pathway:  Professional Development 3 cr
NUR 440 Population Focused Nursing 4 cr
7 cr

SPRING
NUR 305 Issues in Health Disparities (W) 3 cr
NUR 408 Genetics and Healthcare (W) 3 cr
6 cr

SUMMER
NUR 426 Leadership and Management in Nursing (W) 6 cr
6 cr

ADVANCED   PLACEMENT
NUR 390 Advanced Placement Practice I 10 cr
NUR 403 Advanced Placement Practice II 10 cr
NUR 414 Advanced Placement Practice III 10 cr

60 cr

(W) Indicates Writing Intensive Course

Approved by School Council 5/09

 

 

 

HEALTH SCIENCE

Please consult your 2012-2013 Student Handbook for the applicable curriculum and program policies.  Please note that courses and policies are subject to change throughout the academic year.  Check with the Office of Student Services at the School of Nursing and Health Studies for current materials.

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Baccalaureate education provides the foundation for further education in specialized health professional fields. Pre-professional tracks include Pre-physical Therapy, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-forensics, Health Science/Business Administration, and Health Science General.

ACADEMIC POLICIES

ADMISSION:

In accepting students into the Health Science program, the University does not in any way assure admittance into any professional graduate programs. Admission to any of these programs is dependent upon academic performance in the undergraduate course-work and is determined independently by the school or program to which the student applies.

Entering freshmen in the 75th percentile have mid-range SAT and ACT scores of 1400 and/or and 32 respectively. Entering freshmen have an average weighted GPA of 4.2. Transfer students have a mean cumulative GPA of 3.44.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS:

The Health Science degree requires courses in biology, chemistry, physics (where required by the track) and health science with a minimum grade of C- in each course.  Students must satisfy both the general education requirements listed below and the requirements of a specific track, to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree. Students must maintain at least a 2.8 GPA in the courses listed under the track requirements with no grade below a C-.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The School of Nursing and Health Studies will award a Bachelor of Science in Health Science once a student has completed the requirements listed below.

The Health Science Program offers curricula that are designed to prepare students for health professional or graduate education programs. Programs of study can be tailored for students wishing a variety of health professional options. Students are encouraged to contact graduate programs directly to ascertain if there are specific course requirements that might differ from health science track requirements. Any course requirements may be added to a student’s undergraduate curriculum track.

No minor is offered in Health Science. Health Science students may not minor in biology.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

1. English Composition - 3-6 credits

Except as indicated below, students must take English 105 and 106 (or its equivalent) during the first year of enrollment. Admission to ENG 105 requires a placement score acceptable to the Department of English. Students whose placement scores are deemed unacceptably low will be required to take the non-credit course, ENG 103, before taking ENG 105 and 106. Such students must fulfill the English Composition requirement within the first three semesters. Students whose placement scores are high may be exempted from ENG 105 but not from ENG 106 or its equivalent.

2. Mathematics - 4 credits

a. MTH 161 or equivalent

3. Statistics and Computer Programming - 6 credits

a. HCS 202 or equivalent

b. CSC or CIS

4. Arts and Humanities - 12 credits

B.S.H.S. degree candidates must earn twelve credits in the three areas listed below. At least three credits must be earned in each area.

a. Fine Arts: courses in the departments of Art and Art History, Dance (DAN 250 only), Musicology (only the following: either MCY 131 or MCY 132, but not both, MCY 325, MCY 361 and MCY 362), Music Theory (MTC 125 only), and Theatre Arts (THA 101 only) count toward this requirement.

b. Literature: courses in the departments of English (200-level and higher) and Foreign Languages and Literatures (300-level and higher) count toward this requirement.

c. Philosophy and Religious Studies: courses in the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies count toward this requirement.

d. An additional 3 credits from a, b, or c above or 3 credits in a foreign language other than ones native language. 

5. People and Society - 6 credits

B.S.H.S. degree candidates must earn six credits in the following social science disciplines: African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology (except APY 203), Economics, Geography and Regional Studies (except GEG 120), History, International Studies, a Judaic Studies Social Science course, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. No more than three credits may be earned in any one discipline.

6. Writing - 5 Courses

May include any of the courses listed above except ENG 105 and ENG 106.

TRACK REQUIREMENTS:

1. Pre-Physical Therapy Track

Biology 150/151, 160/161, 250, 255 and three credits of electives in biology or health science above 100 level
Health Science 212, 213, 215
Chemistry - two semesters with lab, must include 104/106 or 201/205
Physics - two semesters with lab
Psychology 203 or 352
A minor in a discipline accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

2. Pre-Pharmacy Track

Biology 150/151, 160/161, 250, 255 and three credits of electives in biology or health science above the 100 level
Health Science 212, 213, 215
Chemistry minor - 111/113, 112/114, 201/205, 202/206
Physics - two semesters with lab
Economics 211, 212
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 401
Communication 211

(Transfer students who do not complete the chemistry minor at the University of Miami must choose another minor accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies.)

3. Pre-Forensics Track

Biology 150/151, 160/161, 250, 255 and three credits of electives in biology or health science above the 100 level
Health Science 212, 213, 215, 216, and BIL 251 or BIL 252
Chemistry minor - 111/113, 112/114, 201/205, 202/206
Sociology 101, 271, 371, 372, 373, 470
Psychology 110 and 352

(Transfer students who do not complete the chemistry minor at the University of Miami must choose another minor accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies.)

4. Health Science/Business Administration Track

Biology 150/151, 160/161, and 12 credits of electives in biology or health science above the 100 level
Health Science 212, 213, 215
Chemistry - two semesters with lab, must include 104/106 or 201/205
Physics - two semesters with lab
Business Administration minor including ACC 211, 212, CIS, MGT 304, MKT 301, and FIN 300.

 

5. Health Science General Track

Biology 150/151, 160/161, 250, 255 and three credits of electives in biology or health science above 100 level
Health Science 212, 213, 215
Chemistry - two semesters with lab must include 104/106 or 201/205
Physics - two semesters with lab
A minor in a discipline accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies. 

This program may be modified to meet the needs of various students. See an academic advisor in the SONHS for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PUBLIC HEALTH

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Baccalaureate education provides the foundation for further education in Public Health and/or other specialized health professional fields.

ACADEMIC POLICIES

ADMISSION:

Entering freshmen in the 75th percentile have mid-range SAT and ACT scores of 1400 and/or and 32 respectively. Entering freshmen have an average weighted GPA of 4.2. Transfer students have a mean cumulative GPA of 3.44.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS:

The course work for the BSPH Program is based on recommendations made by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (2008) for undergraduate course work in Public Health.  Students are required to complete 30 credits of Public Health coursework, including 21 credits of core courses and 9 credits of approved electives. 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The School of Nursing and Health Studies will award a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, once a student has completed the requirements listed below.

The Public Health Program offers curricula that are designed to prepare students for public health practice or graduate education in health related fields. Programs of study can be tailored for students wishing to combine Public Health education with a variety of other health related fields (e.g., pre-med, pre-physical therapy) .

No minor is required within the Public Health program. However, students have room within their plan of study to pursue a minor if desired.


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

1. English Composition - 3-6 credits

Except as indicated below, students must take English 105 and 106 (or its equivalent) during the first year of enrollment. Admission to ENG 105 requires a placement score acceptable to the Department of English. Students whose placement scores are deemed unacceptably low will be required to take the non-credit course, ENG 103, before taking ENG 105 and 106. Such students must fulfill the English Composition requirement within the first three semesters. Students whose placement scores are high may be exempted from ENG 105 but not from ENG 106 or its equivalent.

2. Language - 3 credits

a.  A language other than English at the intermediate (200 level or higher).

3. Mathematics - 3credits

a. HCS 202 – Intro to Statistics for Health Care or equivalent

4.  Natural World – 6 credits

a.  BIL 150/151 General Biology with Lab (5 credits)

An additional credit from the following science disciplines: 

b.  Biology, Chemistry, Eco Systems and Science and Policy, Geological Sciences, Marine Science, Physics, and Physical Science, as well as Anthropology 203, Geography 120.

5. Arts and Humanities - 12 credits

At least three credits must be earned in each area.

a. Fine Arts: courses in the departments of Art and Art History, Dance (DAN 250 only), Musicology (only the following: either MCY 131 or MCY 132, but not both, MCY 325, MCY 361 and MCY 362), Music Theory (MTC 125 only), and Theatre Arts (THA 101 only) count toward this requirement.

b. Literature: courses in the departments of English (200-level and higher) and Foreign Languages and Literatures (300-level and higher) count toward this requirement.

c. Philosophy and Religious Studies: courses in the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies count toward this requirement.

d. An additional 3 credits from a, b, or c above.

6. People and Society - 6 credits

a.  PSY 110 – Introductory Psychology (3 credits).

An additional 3 credits from the following Social Science disciplines:
 
b.  African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology (except APY 203), Economics, Geography and Regional Studies (except GEG 120), History, International Studies, a Judaic Studies Social Science course, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. No more than three credits may be earned in any one discipline.

7.  Writing - 5 courses

 

 


PUBLIC HEALTH CORE COURSES (REQUIRED)
BSPH Pre-Rec Grid

Course Pre-rec(s)
HCS 206: Introduction to Public Health None
HCS 208: Introductory Epidemiology None
HCS 309: Health and the Environment HCS 206
HCS 310: Global Health HCS 206
HCS 321: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention HCS 206
HCS 490: Field Practicum in Community Health All required coursework for BSPH (HCS 206, HCS 208, HCS 309, HCS 310, HCS 321, HST 536 or other Health Policy Course)
HST 536: Health Policy Junior or Senior standing

*APPROVED PUBLIC HEALTH ELECTIVES (9 credits required)
HCS/NUR 301: Human Sexuality (Fall)
HCS/NUR 305: Issues in Health Disparities (Spring)
HCS/NUR 306: Principles of Nutrition (Spring)
NUR 319: Bioethics (By Announcement Only)
HCS 355: Global Nutrition (Fall)
HCS 317: Growth and Development (Spring)
HCS 419:  Contemporary Issues in South Florida (Fall)
HCS 487:  Global Health Practicum (Permission of Instructor)

* Additional Public Health electives may be approved by the public health planning committee.


MINOR

A minor in Public Health is offered. The minor in Public Health consists of 12 credits including:  HCS 206 Introduction to Public Health (3 cr), HCS 208 Introductory Epidemiology (3 cr), HCS 309 Health and Environment (3 cr), and an approved Public Health elective (3 cr).