Public Health (B.S.)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine offers training in public health issues and policies to students interested in a broad range of health careers. Students will learn to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and explore answers to promote the health and well-being of communities locally, nationally and globally.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

 

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the Departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

Students must complete 35-38 credits distributed as follows:

Core
PH 2100(LS) Introduction to Public Health3
PH 3100(SS) Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PH 3200Introduction to Biostatistics4
PH 3300Epidemiology 4
PH 4100Public Health Principles and Practice2
PH 4150Public Health Practicum2
PH 4400Methodological Approaches in Public Health 4
PH 5100(WI) Capstone Course in Public Health4
Electives
Select a minimum of three courses of the following:9-12
Anthropology
Medicine, Health and Society
(SS) Global Health
Anthropology of Health and Illness
Biology
(LS) Introductory Microbiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
Cellular Biochemistry
Human Physiology
Biometry
Cancer Biology
Basic Endocrinology
Biology of Aging
Economics
Environmental Economics
Economics of an Aging Society
Economics of Health Care
Introduction to Development Economics
History
American Medicine in the Twentieth Century
Nutrition and Food Science
(LS) Nutrition and Health
Eating Disorders
Food Laws and Regulations
Community Nutrition
Philosophy
(PL) Ethical Issues in Health Care
(PL) Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Political Science
Introduction to Public Policy
Ethics and Politics of Public Policy
Environmental Policy and Politics
Psychology
Introduction to Drugs, Behavior, and Society
Health Psychology
Psychology of Social Behavior
Brain and Behavior
Human Sexuality
Physiological Psychology
Public Health
(SS) Global Health
Special Topics in Public Health
Special Topics in Health Disparities
Directed Study in Public Health
Sociology
Women and Health
End-of-Life Issues
Introduction to Medical Sociology
Society and Aging
Sociology of Urban Health
Urban Studies and Planning
Cities and Food
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts - Communication
College of Education - Health Education
Dynamics of Personal Health
Advancing Policy in Community Health Education
Nutrition and Health Education
Family and Reproductive Health
Health Behavior Change
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Total Credits35-38

Students in the Public Health major must complete required courses with a C grade or better.

Students in the Public Health major must complete elective courses with a C- grade or better.

Elective courses allow students to specialize within the program in ways that enhance their academic and professional goals. Students should remember that elective courses may have their own prerequisite courses, and students should consult the Undergraduate Academic Advisor in Public Health to learn more about the major prior to undertaking the program.