Jul 16, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Public Health - Radford University Carilion Site

Program Director

Thomas Castor, PhD, MA, CHES®
Program Director, Assistant Professor


The mission of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health program is to develop a public health workforce dedicated to improving community health and wellness through education, advocacy, and service.


  1. Impart students with a foundation in public health principles, practices, and processes.
  2. Prepare students to enter the public health workforce and/or graduate programs in public health, health education, health promotion, or other health-related fields.
  3. Provide students with the required coursework and knowledge in the seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialist to be eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination:
    • Area I: Assessment of Needs and Capacity
    • Area II: Planning
    • Area III: Implementation
    • Area IV: Evaluation and Research
    • Area V: Advocacy
    • Area VI: Communication
    • Area VII: Leadership and Management
    • Area VIII: Ethics and Professionalism

Program-specific Competencies 

The B.S. Public Health Plan of Study was developed to align with competencies proposed by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

CEPH Undergraduate Public Health Competency Domains

  • Overview of Public Health 
  • Role and Importance of Data in Public Health 
  • Identifying and Addressing Population Health Challenges 
  • Human Health 
  • Determinants of Health 
  • Project Implementation 
  • Overview of the Health System
  • Health Policy, Law, Ethics, and Economics  
  • Health Communications 


Public health protects and improves the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally and globally. Public health professionals aim to prevent disease and injury from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, advocating for policies, administering services, and conducting research. 

The B.S. in Public Health is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares students to make a difference in their community as a public health professional. It is one of the fastest growing undergraduate degrees in the United States. With a 16-21% faster than average expected employment growth by 2026, public health professionals are in demand. Program graduates are employed by health systems, public health departments, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, community and social service agencies, wellness centers, research laboratories, universities, and health insurance companies.

Emphasizing interprofessional engagement and high-impact experiential learning, the B.S. Public Health program at Radford University Carilion educates and trains students to address the pressing health needs of underserved populations. Students interact and learn to collaborate with a broad range of clinical and community-based partners to improve population health, especially in medically underserved and rural areas. Program graduates will be prepared to tackle the overburden of chronic disease, the persistent epidemic of drug addiction, an aging population, increasing mental illness, and an ongoing need for outbreak and disaster preparedness in our communities.

The program offers students flexibility and convenience through delivery in a hybrid or 100% online format. The program may be started during Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Students may complete the degree on a full or part-time basis. The program is very transfer-friendly with at least 51 credits eligible for transfer from the community college or other schools. 

Admissions Requirements

This program is designed for new students directly from high school or for students transferring from another college or university.

To be considered for admission:

  1. Meet all admission requirements for Radford University . Incoming undergraduate students must have completed a core of selected high school or college courses For additional general undergraduate requirements, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.)
  2. Submit the online Radford University Application.
  3. Submit official transcript(s) from all institutions – high school OR all higher education institution(s) to the admissions department.  A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required for admission, with at least a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA preferred.

Current community college students may be admitted for the “2+2” format.  Students begin the program at their community college with a two-year associate degree, and then transfer to Radford University to complete their remaining requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Students must take certain courses and electives at their community college to transfer into the program.

Program Requirements

Courses in the B.S. Public Health program are delivered in a synchronous, online format. Students must have a computer with webcam, headset, and microphone for online course participation

Students will partner with an organization in their community to complete an internship and a Capstone project to apply their acquired knowledge and skills. Internships placements may require students to have a background check or drug screening conducted prior to participation.

Student engagement is an integral part of developing a community of learners in the B.S. Public Health program. Each semester students will be required to participate in at least one Radford University activity, such as the Public Health Series or Day of Service. Students may attend lecture events virtually. 

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete their Plan of Study with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. All program-specific courses require a grade minimum of “C”. Students must complete a minimum of 25% of the Plan of Study at Radford University Carilion. 

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Students must complete their Plan of Study with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. All program-specific courses require a grade minimum of “C”. Students must complete a minimum of 25% of the Plan of Study at Radford University Carilion. 

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