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PUBLIC HEALTH | Improving Quality of Life

Baker University’s public health program prepares professionals who focus on protecting and enhancing the quality of life of individuals and communities through prevention programs, wellness programs, and research. In addition to in-depth classroom work, students get extensive hands-on experience. Whether assisting in faculty research or completing internship in a local health department or rehab facility, our public health students have extensive opportunities to apply what they learn to real-world professional settings.

SMALL CLASSES

You’ll always be part of the conversation at Baker, where our small classes mean you’ll connect with your fellow students and engage in one-on-one communication with your professors. This ensures you’re fully prepared when it’s time to enter a professional field or graduate school.

CHOOSE YOUR DIRECTION

Public health majors complete a core of required courses, then choose one of three concentrations: physical activity and health promotion across the lifespan, health literacy and communication, and public health sociology and cultural competency.

BEYOND TEXTBOOKS & LECTURES

A hallmark of the Baker education is hands-on experience outside the classroom. We have built strong relationships with diverse agencies that host students for observation and job-shadowing experiences and internships. These include the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, Hy-Vee Dietitian Services, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Baldwin City Recreation Commission, and several hospitals.

FIRM FOUNDATION IN LIBERAL ARTS

Baker’s liberal arts curriculum develops essential skills for professionals seeking to solve the problems that apply to public health: the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to make sound decisions.

institutions worldwide have an Anatomage table, the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system available for education. Baker is proud to be the only university in Kansas offering students hands-on training with this state-of-the-art technology.

These students can become key players in public health nursing, physical activity, law, research, communication, and education. These professionals come together to reinvent strategy and utilize evidence-based systems to support a society in which we are all aware that everyone benefits when people are healthier.”

Chris Todden

Director of exercise science and public health

CAREERS

Our public health majors are prepared to work in fields such as these:

  • Community and environmental health
  • Physical activity and wellness
  • Human development and family studies
  • Health education and health promotion
  • Outdoor recreation and ecology
  • Recreation therapy
  • Youth development

%

of Baker graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

CONCENTRATIONS

Physical Activity & Health Promotion Across the Lifespan Concentration

As fitness professionals become key players in public health efforts, this concentration will prepare students for careers in the following fields or workplaces: health education, health-based after-school programs, work-site health programs, health care organizations, parks and recreation, government agencies, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations and commercial health clubs, coaching youth athletes with and without disabilities, leading group exercise, teaching and coaching youth sports and fitness in nonschool settings such as YMCA, YWCA, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

Health Communication & Literacy Concentration

Strong skills in health communication and literacy enable public health professionals to obtain, process, and understand basic health information. This concentration prepares students for careers as a public health project manager, public health researcher, public and allied health librarian, health plan prior-authorization coordinator, youth services coordinator, parent and community engagement coordinator, early-childhood education coordinator, and hospital educator.

Sociology & Cultural Competency Concentration

Drawing on the efforts of the World Health Organization, this concentration prepares students to study social structures and interactions through the lens of public health issues and principles. Students will study a variety of topics such as race and epidemiology, health policy, ethnicity, gender, immigration, wealth and poverty, family dynamics, and social policy.

Course Requirements

R: course can be repeated for credit; P/NC: course graded on a pass/no credit basis

Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.

Core Courses (45 Credit Hours)

EX 181 Introduction to Human Performance

EX 245 Human Nutrition

EX 247 Public Health Aspects

EX 261 Principles of Epidemiology

EX 327 Public Health Communication and Literacy

EX 328 Health Promotions

EX 346 Special Populations

EX 388 Global Health Issues

EX 497 Clinical Experience

PE 180 Concepts of Health

SO 372 Sociology of Medicine

Supporting Coursework (6 Credit Hours)

BI 262 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BI 267 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Physical Activity & Health Promotion Across the Lifespan Concentration (22 Credit Hours)

EX 184 Lifetime of Fitness

EX 300 Group Fitness Instruction

EX 342 Motor Learning

PE 240 Techniques of Teaching Team Sports

PE 241 Techniques of Teaching Individual and Dual Sports

SA 141 Introduction to Sports Administration

SA 335 Facility and Event Management

SA 420 Theory and Principles of Coaching

Health Communication * Literacy Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

CO 115 Introduction to Communication Studies

CO 242 Interpersonal Communication

CO 257 Pathways to Conflict Management

CO 350 Organizational Communication

CO 355 Group and Team Communications

EN 152 Introduction to Writing and Research 

Sociology & Cultural Competency Concentration (21 Credit Hours)

SO 115 Principles of Sociology

SO 242 Society and the Individual

SO 243 Social Inequality

SO 329 Gender and Sexuality

SO 331 Social Class and Status

SO/RE 363 Religion, Ritual, and Belief

SO 364 Culture and Society

Scholarships

The Department of Behavioral and Health Sciences gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Psychology
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Exercise Science
  • Benjamin A. Gessner Award
  • Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
  • Robert L. Miller Scholarship

STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

DIALOGOS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."

Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."

BOOK Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

BOOK Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

FACULTY

Chris ToddenDr. Chris Todden

Director of Exercise Science, Associate Professor of Exercise Science | chris.todden@bakerU.edu
“Our exercise science majors gain a very good understanding of physical stress, both negative and positive, on the body. Seeing the pride in the students as they explain what they’ve learned and present their work is without a doubt one of the best parts of my job.”

B.A. Buena Vista University, M.S. Western Illinois University, Ed.D. University of South Dakota
Office: Mabee Hall 405 | 785.594.8440

Danielle HemingsonDr. Danielle Hemingson

Assistant Professor of Biology danielle.hemingson@bakeru.edu

Office: Boyd Science Center 227 | 785.594.4538

Erin HoltDr. Erin Holt

Associate Professor of Exercise Science | erin.holt@bakerU.edu
“A lot of my focus is getting students active during curricular lessons, plus research shows that if you’re up and active while you’re learning, you’re going to retain more and learn it easier. I want students to feel comfortable enough outside of class to come and talk to me, as well. I think that’s important because they are here for an education and I’m here to teach, so we should teach the whole person.”

B.A. Park University, M.A. Southeast Missouri State, Ed.D. Delta State University
Office: Mabee Hall 404 | 785.594.4542

Kimberly Schaefer

 

Dr. Kimberly Schaefer

Associate Professor of Communication Studieskimberly.schaefer@bakerU.edu

B.A. University of Richmond; M.A., Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Expertise: interpersonal communication, communication technology, personal relationships
Office: Parmenter Hall 18 | 785.594.4539

Ray Walling Ray Walling

Instructor, Director of Library Scienceray.walling@bakerU.edu

B.A. Westminster College, M.S.I. University of Michigan
Expertise: 
Office: Library 208 | 785.594.8389

CONTACT US

Jill Franklin
Department Assistant
Behavioral & Health Sciences
Mabee Memorial Hall
785.594.8470
jill.franklin@bakerU.edu

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