Undergraduate Programs in Public Health

The B.S in Public Health Sciences and the B.A. in Public Health Policy degree programs train students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research. The degrees explore both quantitative and qualitative aspects of public health at all levels of analysis. Upon graduation students have the opportunity, through selective employment or further education, to become the new generation of public health professionals prepared to face the emerging challenges to human health from a population perspective.

Students who are interested in pursuing a premedical program should note that additional courses will be needed beyond the requirements of the public health degrees to fulfill entrance requirements for medical school.

Public Health Major

The Public Health Sciences (B.S.) and Public Health Policy (B.A.) majors have grown significantly over the last few years. Beginning 2009-2010 new versions for both Public Health majors were launched in an effort to streamline the undergraduate curriculum. Please review the Public Health Major Requirements website for more details.


Public Health Minor

The Public Health Minor was established in 2009 - 2010. It has nine required courses: two lower-division and seven upper-division.


Transfer Students

Junior-level applicants with the highest grades overall and who satisfactorily complete lower-division requirements will be given preference for admission to the Public Health majors.


Library Resources

» Public Health Student, Staff, and Faculty Member library resources.

Student Academic Advising/Counseling Services

Click HERE for Student Academic Advising/Counseling Services.

B.S./B.A. Program Learning Outcomes / Competencies:

  1. Apply core concepts of Public Health, grounded in an ecological perspective, to articulate the natural and social determinants of health status in communities and the dynamic interplay among these factors, all of which affect the health of populations.
  2. Analyze case studies in public health practice to reveal crosscutting themes, principles, and strategies for addressing persistent and emerging contemporary challenges in public health.
  3. Apply epidemiologic and quantitative methods to analyze the geographical, temporal, and demographic patterns of the distribution of disease and injury in communities with the goal of identifying valid indices on which theory-informed, evidence-based interventions can developed.
  4. Assess the health conditions of populations through an ecological approach to public health that emphasizes natural determinants of health status.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply cumulative knowledge of the interactions between social and behavioral health risk factors and vulnerable populations to support disease prevention policies at public health agencies or other field-based settings.
  6. Apply abstract reasoning and critical thinking skills to communicate public health research and practice to public and professional audiences.

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