Some typical health courses include Biostatistics, Ecology, Environmental Health, Human Physiology, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Nutrition and Managing Health Service Organizations, notes CollegeBoard.org. Many of these courses can be used to obtain a degree in public health. Useful high school courses for health include Advanced Placement Psychology, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science and Statistics.
Several health courses have been identified by the Council on Education for Public Health as core courses for a public health degree, notes ASPPH.org. For example, Biostatistics focuses on how to apply statistics to biological areas and manage health data. Students learn topics such as data analysis, probability and hypothesis testing. Epidemiology teaches students about how diseases affect entire populations and uses statistical methods to study public health issues. Topics can include the history of disease and prevention of chronic conditions.
Another typical health course is Environmental Health, which focuses on how environmental factors can affect public health. Topics can include water quality, environmental law and food safety. Those interested in health management can take Health Services Administration, which focuses on evaluating the health needs of a population and creating policies to address these needs. Students also learn about health financing, media relations, program planning and quality assurance.