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. Diversity Seminar 1 credit
D. Social & Behavioral Sciences Breadth 25 credits
E. Natural Science 10 credits
F1. BA Selectives 20 credits
F2. BS Selectives 40 credits
G. Public Health Electives 20 credits
H. Public Health Capstone 5 credits

 


A.  Integrated Core Sequence — 20 credits

Complete ALL of the following:

Number Name Quarters
Offered
Credits
SPH 380 History & Practice of Public Health
Prerequisite: Admission into Major
A, W, Sp 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, BIOST 310
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

Number Name Quarters
Offered
Credits
BIOST  310 Biostatistics for Health Sciences A, W, Sp 4
EPI 320 Introduction to Epidemiology A, 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:

Statistics options

Number Name Credits
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.  Diversity Seminar — 1 credit

Complete SPH 489: Structural Racism & Public Health (1-credit seminar)

D.  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

E.  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

 

F1.  Bachelor of Arts (BA) Selectives — 20 credits

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

F2.  Bachelor of Science (BS) Selectives — 40 credits

Two year-long sequences of introductory science from the following list:

  • Biology (BIOL 180, 200, 220) - 15 credits
  • Chemistry (CHEM 142, 152, 162) - 15 credits

Remaining 10 credits chosen from:

  • Biochemistry: BIOC 405, 406
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 237, 238, 239, 241, 242
  • Physics: PHYS 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 121, 122, 123
  • Mathematics: MATH 124, 125, 126

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

G.  Public Health Electives — 20 credits

See electives page

See capstone page

H.  Public Health Capstone — 5 credits

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