First approved in 2007, PUBH 102: Introduction to Public Health was a basic survey course for students in any major and classification. In the ten years since, several changes occurred justifying a change to the 300-level:
1) The Public Health bachelor degree programs (BS & BA), implemented in 2008, grew from 30 declared majors to over 1,000 today (fall 2018);
2) In 2010, the Arnold School accrediting body, Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), required all undergraduate students regardless of degree program to complete an introduction to public health course. As a result, more than 2,000 students (another 1,000 in our Exercise Science BS degree program) currently need the course for their degree. Given the growing numbers of our students who must take the course, it is impossible for freshmen and even most sophomores to enroll (see ACAF 2.03 which states: “100-200 lower division or introductory courses are taken during the during the freshman and sophomore year.” http://www.sc.edu/policies/ppm/acaf203.pdf);
3) The faculty team (n=3) (including the original course proposer, S. Corwin) teaching the course have, over the past ten years, continually added rigor to the course including a public health analytical model and framework requiring higher ordered thinking tasks such as synthesizing, applying, evaluating and judging. Course assignments and exam questions (short answer and essay) require students to demonstrate their critical thinking skills within the context of this model; and,
4) Anecdotally, numerous students in the past several years have complained that the course content and requirements do not match their expectations of a 100-level course.