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School of Public Health
School of Public Health

University of Washington School of Public Health

Undergraduate Public Health Major

Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, students must also complete General Education Requirements for the School of Public Health.

Total credits for degree:180
Total credits for general education requirements:84
Minimum GPA for courses applying towards the public health portion of degree:
2.0

A. Integrated Core Sequence 20 credits
B. Public Health Foundation 8 credits
C. Social & Behavioral Sciences Breadth 25 credits
D. Natural Science 10 credits
E1. BA Selectives 20 credits
E2. BS Selectives 30-32 credits
F. Public Health Electives 20 credits
G. Public Health Capstone5 credits


A.  Integrated Core Sequence — 20 credits

Complete ALL of the following:

NumberName Quarters
Offered
Credits
SPH 380 History & Practice of Public Health
Prerequisite: Admission into Major
A, W 5
SPH 381 Science & Public Health
Prerequisite: Minimum 1.7 in SPH 380; Either BIOL 118, BIOL 180, CHEM 120, CHEM 142, CHEM 145, or MICROM 301 and 302
W, Sp 5
SPH 480 Research Methods in Public Health
Prerequisite: Minimum 1.7 in SPH 381; EPI 320
A, W 5
SPH 481 Ethics, Social Justice & Policy in Public Health
Prerequisite: Minimum 1.7 in SPH 480
W, Sp 5

B.  Public Health Foundation — 8 credits
NumberName Quarters
Offered
Credits
BIOST  310 Biostatistics for Health Sciences A, W 4
EPI 320 Introduction to Epidemiology
Prerequisite: Either BIOST 310, QMETH 201, Q SCI 381, STAT 220, STAT 221, or STAT 311
W, Sp 4

BIOST 310 is the preferred option for satisfying the statistics portion of the Public Health Foundation requirement. However, ONE of the following may also satisfy the requirement:

NumberNameCredits
CS&SS/SOC/ STAT 221 Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences 5
Q SCI  381 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 5
QMETH  201 Introduction to Statistical Methods 4
STAT  220 Basic Statistics 5
STAT  311 Elements of Statistical Methods 5

C.  Social & Behavioral Sciences Breadth — 25 credits

One 5-credit course from EACH department, at least 4 of the 5 must be 200-level and above:

  • Anthropology (ANTH only)
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

See Social Sciences page

D.  Natural Science — 10 credits

One 5-credit introductory course in biology and chemistry:

  • Biology selected from:
    BIOL 118, BIOL 180 or MICROM 301/302
  • Chemistry selected from:
    CHEM 120, CHEM 142 or CHEM 145

E1.  Bachelor of Arts (BA) Selectives — 20 credits

20 credits from courses identified to address competency areas in health economics, health promotion and social justice.

E2.  Bachelor of Science (BS) Selectives — 30-32 credits

Two year-long sequences of introductory science (with labs) or mathematics from the following list:

  • Biology: BIOL, 180, 200, 220
  • Chemistry: CHEM 142, 152, 162
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 237, 238, 239, 241, 242
  • Physics:
    • PHYS 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119
    • PHYS 121, 122, 123
  • Mathematics: MATH 124, 125, 126

The science courses in this area may overlap with D. Natural Science if the biology and/or chemistry series are chosen.    

F.  Public Health Electives — 20 credits

See electives page

G.  Public Health Capstone — 5 credits

See capstone page

Number Name Quarters
Offered
SPH 491 Public Health Capstone I A, W
SPH 492 Public Health Capstone II W, Sp

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