Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-119: College Algebra1 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. BI-201: General Biology I1 4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Recommended: ANTH-160: Anthropology of Health & Healing) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience & Its Diversity (Recommended: SP-211: Speech Communication) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Recommended: PHIL-148: Public Health Ethics or SOCY-101: Introduction to Sociology) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. BI-520: Introduction to Public Health1 4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E. Recommended: SOCY-200 level course from 2D or PSYC-101  3

Major Requirements

Courses Credits
BI-503: General Epidemiology 3
BI-521: Public Health Biology 3
HE-103: Fundamentals of Human Nutrition 3
HE-114: Foundations of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
IS-151: The Health of the Nations 2
MA-336: Statistics 3
Subtotal 17

Major Electives2 (choose 11 credits from:)

Courses Credits
BI-202: General Biology II 4
BI-461: General Microbiology 4
BI-501: Environmental Health 4
BI-522: Applied Biostatistics 3
BI-505: Current Environmental Issues 1
BI-554: Research Laboratory Internship 2
HE-102: Health, Behavior and Society 2
HE-104: Addiction and Dependencies 3
HE-105: Human Sexuality 3
HE-107: Mental Health: Understanding Your Behavior 3
HE-108: Health & Physical Fitness 3
HE-110: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
HE-111: Stress Management 3
HE-202: Social and Behavior Determinants of Health 3
Subtotal 11

Total Credits Required


1 Students are required to take STEM Variants in 1B, 1C and 2E; if students do not take STEM variants in common core, they will have to take additional credits to complete their degree requirements.

2 Advised Major Electives should be guided by appropriate transfer articulations. All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Public Health

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning
  5. Apply scientific methods and reasoning to investigate issues or problems in the natural and social sciences in order to draw conclusions

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on April 13, 2021.

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze public health theory and practice in the following areas: social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, environmental health, health communication, health care systems and policy.
  2. Apply and synthesize basic quantitative and qualitative data, professional and scholarly literature to produce papers and oral presentations related to public health
  3. Analyze and evaluate the biological principles associated with the distribution of infectious and non-infectious diseases of public health importance
  4. Examine the current research related to public health problems and formulate methods for the prevention and control of diseases
  5. Evaluate the role of social justice in bringing about social change to improve the health of the public
  6. Communicate, promote and advocate for improvements in the health of the public

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Campus Cultural Centers

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The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.