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 38-41 credits distributed as follows:

PH 2100Introduction to Public Health3
PH 3100Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PH 3200Introduction to Biostatistics4
PH 3300Epidemiology 4
PH 3500Environmental Health3
PH 4100Public Health Principles and Practice2
PH 4150Public Health Practicum2
PH 4400Methodological Approaches in Public Health 4
PH 5100Capstone Course in Public Health4
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
Introductory Microbiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Cellular Biochemistry
Human Physiology
Cancer Biology
Basic Endocrinology
Biology of Aging
ECO 2550U.S. Health Care: Policy and Economics4
Environmental Economics
Economics of an Aging Society
Economics of Health Care
Introduction to Development Economics
American Medicine in the Twentieth Century
Nutrition and Food Science
Nutrition and Health
NFS 3230Human Nutrition3-4
Food Laws and Regulations
Community Nutrition
NFS 5250Nutrition and Disease4
Ethical Issues in Health Care
PHI 1130Environmental Ethics3
Introduction to Philosophy of Science
PHI 5250Justice and Rights in Health Care4
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
PH 3050Mental Health and Crime3
Global Health
PH 3550Geography and Public Health3
Special Topics in Public Health
PH 3900LGBT Health3
PH 4050Crime and Public Health3
Special Topics in Health Disparities
Directed Study in Public Health
SOC 2205Sociology of the Environment3
SOC 2210Sociology of Health and Medicine3
SOC 4204Seminar in Aging and the Life Course3
SOC 4205Seminar in Medical Sociology3
Women and Health
End-of-Life Issues
Introduction to Medical Sociology
Health and Life Course
Sociology of Urban Health
Urban Studies and Planning
Cities and Food
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts - Communication
COM 5320Health Communication3
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

Before enrolling in PH 3200 and 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) . 

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

Students in the Public Health major must complete all 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 Advisors in Public Health to learn more about the major prior to undertaking the program.

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 including:

PH 4150Public Health Practicum (Honors Section)2
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