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By participating in planned and evaluated experiential, community-based learning activities, public health majors progress through a hierarchy of experiential learning competencies – beginning with exposure to community members and groups in year 1 to integration and consolidation of public health knowledge and skills in year 4. 



Course, Required Hours, & Focus 

Year 1


PHP 221 Health Promotion Across the Life Span
Requirement: 15 hours
Focus: Health promotion 

Year 2


PHP 309 Health Disparities/Underserved Populations (effective fall 2020 )
Requirement: 20 hours
Focus: Social Determinants of Health 

Year 3


PHP 310 Promoting Health/Literacy & Culturally Competence
Requirement: 25 hours
Focus: Health Literacy 

Year 4


PHP 422: Senior Internship Experience
Requirement: hours vary by concentration
Addiction Studies: 90 hours 
Community Health Education: 400 hours
Health and Society: 135 hours
Healthcare Management: 135 hours
Focus: Public Health Practice

Additional academic service opportunities within the concentrations:


  • Community sites are identified, arranged, and confirmed by course faculty.
  • Students may not change their placement site without course faculty approval.
  • Placement sites are selected for their specific fit with the course outcomes and may not be shared between two courses. Service requirements must be met for each course (no double counting). If students enroll in 2 service-learning courses in the same semester, the service site will most likely be different for each course. 

Service Courses, Semester Planning

Fulfilling service learning hours in light of other commitments can be challenging. It is recommended that students enroll in only 1 service learning course per semester.

If students enroll in more than 1 service course in the same semester, the service hour requirement for each course is required. Hours are not shared between 2 service courses. 

In the PHP 422 semester of enrollment, it is recommended that students enroll in no more than 12 (ideally) or 15 (maximum) credits. Courses will need to be scheduled on days that internship is not planned or late in the afternoon or evening.


Academic Service learning is a supervised and evaluated experience. As such, regular attendance is expected and related assignments/Students complete the service hours as scheduled with the site and student performance is considered in the assignment of the grade. In addition, service-learning related assignments and performance are graded and included in the evaluation component of the course.

Grading standards


when assigning an overall course grade. 

Grading standards

Service-learning is evaluated as a 'pass/fail' course requirement. To 'pass' a service-learning course, students must earn a grade of 'pass' for the academic service-learning requirement.

To receive a grade of 'pass' for service-learning, students will

  • Adhere to the student expectations for service-learning (see preceding section)
  • Complete at least 70% of the service-learning hour requirement

Termination from site

  • Students who are dismissed for reasons of unprofessional conduct will receive a grade of ‘F’ and will not be assigned to another site.
  • On occasion, sites may not be able to accommodate the student for the full hour requirement. In these situations, students will be assigned to another site to complete the service requirement.


Business casual attire includes the following:

Type of Clothing




Midriff fully covered 

Ripped clothing


Clothing that may impede ability to complete assigned responsibilities

See through clothing

Open back tops

Clothing that shows undergarments


Full length 

Capri length

Worn at waist level

Jeggings/leggings (if solely worn as bottoms)





Collared polo shirts 

Button shirts


Clothing that shows undergarments 

Graphic t-shirts






Knee length or longer


Dress sandals 

Sneakers in good condition


Platform shoes

Chapter 4 - Additional Opportunities


Advising: Roles and Responsibilities

Advisor Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

Maintain regularly scheduled office hours for academic and career advising as needed throughout the semester

Know degree requirements and remain informed about changes in the curriculum

Schedule additional office hours as needed during the pre-registration periods

Map out a plan of action for completing degree requirements and review it with the advisor. This is important to determine what courses need to be taken in sequence, as well as which courses are only offered once every year or every other year so that opportunities to take a needed or desired course are not missed

Provide assistance to advisees in setting both short- term and long-term educational and career objectives

Prepare, in advance, for academic and career advising meetings. Map out courses wanted and needed to take for the degree and any minors or CASs; or to meet pre-requisite course requirements for additional advanced study

Assist advisees with schedule planning and course selection on both a long-term and short-term basis

Make and keep advising appointments

Be informed about academic policies and procedures and changes in departmental or university curriculum requirements

Make advisor aware of any special needs or problems encountered at Syracuse University. The advisor can help with any problems that may hinder academic success and continued enrollment

Be knowledgeable about campus academic and career support services and refer advisees to these services as needed

Provide sufficient notice (ideally 14 days) when asking the advisor to provide a recommendation

Be knowledgeable about career opportunities and prospects in public health

Be knowledgeable about post-graduate training or education choices common to public health majors. And assist students in the exploration of graduate training or education options and pathways


Provide letters of recommendation when asked and sufficient notice has been given. If advisors cannot provide a letter, the student is notified and an explanation provided


Remove academic advising holds, UG Students (only):  At the completion of the academic advising session for the upcoming semester:  Submit the electronic S.C.O.R.E. card OR the Study Abroad Course Advising Form


Advising Reports

All public health majors have a digital Advising Report posted in MySlice under “DegreeWorks”. This report is an advising tool to be used in collaboration with the academic advisor. Students review this report before the advising session to determine which courses have been used to satisfy all degree requirements and to develop a plan for future courses to discuss with your academic advisor. 


Degree honor designations are noted on your academic transcript and diploma 

Degree Honors 

GPA Requirement 

Cum laude


Magna cum laude


Summa cum laude


Public Health Awards

Senior student achievements are recognized at our annual Senior Year Awards Celebration. Awards include: