Academic Catalog

Public Health (B.S.)

The Department of Public Health offers evidence-based professional training across the traditional public health disciplines.  Undergraduate students are well-prepared to apply to graduate programs in public health, medicine, pharmacy, social work, physician assistant studies, law, and a host of other professional fields.  Our alumni are trained for meaningful public health careers in government agencies, hospitals and health care organizations, community-based and non-profit organizations, foundations and philanthropies, policymaking and research councils, and corporations.   Students will learn to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and utilize data to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of vulnerable populations locally, nationally, and globally

Admission Requirements

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


Program Requirements

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. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all Public Health core courses and in all approved electives. A grade point average of 2.0 in both Public Health and general required courses are required for graduation.

Major Requirements

Students must complete 38-41 credits distributed as follows (Core and Elective courses must be completed with a C- or better):

PH 2100Introduction to Public Health3
PH 3100Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PH 3200Introduction to Biostatistics 14
PH 3300Epidemiology 14
PH 3500Environmental Health3
PH 4400Methodological Approaches in Public Health 4
Practicum Requirement: Either PH 4100/4150 or PH 4250
PH 4100Public Health Principles and Practice2
PH 4150Public Health Practicum2
PH 4250Interprofessional Education and Public Health4
PH 5100Capstone Course in Public Health4
Electives 2
Select at least one public health (PH) elective (3-4 credits), and a minimum of two courses (6-8 credits) from the following:
Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Global Health
Anthropology of Health and Illness
Medical Arabic
Introductory Microbiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Cellular Biochemistry
Human Physiology
Ecology and the Environment
Cancer Biology
Basic Endocrinology
Biology of Aging
Criminal Justice
Mental Health and Crime (Criminal Justice)
Crime and Public Health
U.S. Health Care: Policy and Economics
Environmental Economics
Economics of Health Care
Pharmaceutical Economics
Introduction to Development Economics
Advanced Economics of Health Care
American Medicine in the Twentieth Century
World Environmental History since 1900
Nutrition and Food Science
Nutrition and Health
Human Nutrition
Food Laws and Regulations
Community Nutrition
Nutrition and Disease
Ethical Issues in Health Care
Environmental Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Justice and Rights in Health Care
Medical Polish I
Medical Polish II
Political Science
Introduction to Public Policy
Ethics and Politics of Public Policy
Environmental Policy and Politics
Introduction to Drugs, Behavior, and Society
Health Psychology
Psychology of Social Behavior
Brain and Behavior
Human Sexuality
Human Neuropsychology
Public Health (any course that is not already part of the core requirements)
Science of Public Health
Race and Ethnic Disparities in Public Health
Public Health Issues in Arab Americans and the Arab World
Mental Health and Crime
Global Health
Public Health and the City
Special Topics in Public Health
Reproductive Health
Law and Public Health
LGBTQ Health
Crime and Public Health
Special Topics in Health Disparities
Directed Study in Public Health
Sociology of the Environment
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Seminar in Aging and the Life Course
Seminar in Medical Sociology
End-of-Life Issues
Introduction to Medical Sociology
Health and Life Course
Sociology of Urban Health
Spanish for the Health Care Profession
Urban Studies and Planning
Cities and Food
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts - Communication
Health Communication
College of Education - Health Education
Foundations of Health and Health Promotion
Dynamics of Personal Health
Advancing Policy in Community Health Education
Nutrition and Health Education
Reproductive Health Education
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Health Behavior Change

Before enrolling in PH 3200 and PH 3300, students must complete STA 1020 or MAT 1800 or MAT 2010 or the equivalent with a C- or better (or place into MAT 2010) .


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 Advisors in Public Health to learn more about the major prior to undertaking the program. Students can propose additional electives to the Department via appeal with Advisor/Chair.

Public Health Honors

To be recommended for an honors degree from this program, a stu­dent must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.30 and complete a minimum of twelve honors course credits with a B or better, including:

Practicum Requirement (Honors section of one of the following):2-4
Public Health Practicum
Interprofessional Education and Public Health
PH 5100Capstone Course in Public Health (Honors Section)4
One Course in Public Health (PH) with an Honors Option 13-4
One 42XX level Honors Seminar 23

Consult an advisor or the University Schedule of Classes for available Honors Sections.


 A list of seminars is available in the list of Honors (HON) courses.

Public Health AGRADE Program

AGRADE provides qualifying Public Health students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with an opportunity to pursue an accelerated pathway to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the School of Medicine. The MPH prepares students for a professional career at the intersection of public, clinical and/or other allied health sciences.  


Undergraduate students enrolled in the Public Health major or minor are eligible to apply for AGRADE status in the semester in which they expect to complete 90 credits and have completed the following four undergraduate courses:

PH 2100Introduction to Public Health3
PH 3100Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PH 3200Introduction to Biostatistics4
PH 3300Epidemiology 4

Applicants must have a 3.6 GPA or better in coursework for their Public Health major or minor, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. Students with a GPA of 3.3-3.49 will be considered on an individual basis.

Applications will be reviewed each semester. Applicants must submit a personal statement indicating their interest in the MPH program, their career goals, and the reasons why they are especially suited to join this accelerated track. Applicants must also submit two recommendation letters from faculty that address the student’s capacity for graduate study. 

The GRE may be waived based on satisfactory performance in the AGRADE courses (at least a B grade in each AGRADE class). Acceptance to the BSPH-MPH AGRADE program is competitive. The MPH program admissions committee reviews all AGRADE applicant applications and makes decisions about admission to this accelerated track. 


Upon admission, students may elect 3-15 credits in approved graduate M.P.H. courses. These graduate level courses will complete elective bachelor's degree requirements as well as fulfill the beginning of study toward the master's degree.

FPH 7011Foundations of Public Health3
FPH 7012Social Justice in Public Health3
FPH 7015Biostatistics I3
FPH 7100Health Care Organization and Administration3
FPH 7240Epidemiology3

The bachelor's degree will be awarded following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements. Graduate course work taken in this program must be completed within eight years (from the time that the first graduate course is taken that is counted toward degree requirements) or within six years from the awarding of the bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.

For more information, contact the Public Health undergraduate academic advisors and consult the AGRADE FAQs.

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