Public Health Major Degree Requirements

MAJOR requirements consist of 35 – 38 credits distributed as follows:

  • Maintain an overall Public Health GPA of 2.00/C or better
  • A minimum grade of a C (2.0) is required for all core courses
  • Complete STA 1020 or MAT 1800 or MAT 2010 or the equivalent (or place into MAT 2010)


Core Courses

*Required courses consisting of 26 credits:

PH 2100 Introduction to Public Health (LS) 3 cr.
PH 3100 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (SS) 3 cr.
PH 3200 Biostatistics (prereq: STA 1020 OR MAT 1800) 4 cr.
PH 3300 Epidemiology (prereq: STA 1020 OR MAT 1800) 4 cr.
PH 4100/4150 Public Health Principles and Practice (prereq: PH 2100 and PH 3300) 4 cr.
PH 4400 Methodological Approaches in Public Health (prereq: PH 2100 and PH 3300) 4 cr.
PH 5100 Capstone Course in Public Health (WI)
(prereq: PH 2100, PH 3100, PH 3200, PH 3300, PH 4100, PH 4150, PH 4400)
4 cr.
Subtotal Credit Hours 26

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Consists of a minimum of THREE courses from the following list (9-12 credits):

ANT 3400Medicine, Health and Society3 cr.
ANT 3410(GLS 3410, PH 3410) Global Health3 cr.
ANT 5400Anthropology of Health and Illness3 cr.
ANT 5430End-of-Life Issues3-4 cr.
BIO 2200Introductory Microbiology4 cr.
BIO 2870Anatomy and Physiology5 cr.
BIO 3070Genetics4-5 cr.
BIO 3100Cellular Biochemistry3 cr.
BIO 3200Human Physiology3 cr.
BIO 5040Biometry4 cr.
BIO 5640Cancer Biology3 cr.
BIO 5680(PSL 5680) Basic Endocrinology3 cr.
BIO 5750Biology of Aging3 cr.
ECO 5230Environmental Economics4 cr.
ECO 5460Economic Demography4 cr.
ECO 5470Economic of an Aging Society4 cr.
ECO 5550Economics of Health Care4 cr.
ECO 5600Introduction to Development Economics4 cr.
HIS 3440(SOC 3440) American Medicine in the Twentieth Century3 cr.
Nutrition/Food Science  
NFS 2030Nutrition and Health3 cr.
NFS 3230 Human Nutrition 3 cr.
NFS 3270Eating Disorders3 cr.
NFS 4160Food Laws and Regulations3 cr.
NFS 5220Community Nutrition2 cr.
NFS 5250 Nutrion and Disease 4 cr.
NFS 6850 Controversial Issues 2 cr.
PHI 1110Ethical Issues in Health Care3 cr.
PHI 2550Introduction to Philosophy of Science3 cr.
Political Science  
PS 2410Introduction to Public Policy4 cr.
PS 2420Ethics and Politics of Public Policy4 cr.
PS 3450Environmental Policy and Politics4 cr.
PS 6430
Social Welfare: Politics and Policy3 cr.
PSY 2080Introduction to Drugs, Behavior, and Society3 cr.
PSY 2410Health Psychology4 cr.
PSY 2410Health Psychology4 cr.
PSY 2410Health Psychology4 cr.
PSY 2600Psychology of Social Behavior4 cr.
PSY 3120Brain and Behavior3 cr.
PSY 3380Human Sexuality3 cr.
PSY 5050Physiological Psychology3 cr.
Public Health  
PH 3600Special Topics in Public Health3 cr.
PH 4600Special Topics in Health Disparities3 cr.
PH 4900Directed Study in Public Health1-3 cr.
SOC 4360Women and Health4 cr.
SOC 5020(ANT 5430) End-of-Life Issues3-4 cr.
SOC 5360Introduction to Medical Sociology4 cr.
SOC 5760Society and Aging3 cr.
SOC 6750Sociology of Urban Health3 cr.
Urban Studies and Planning
UP 5430Cities and Food3 cr.
COMM 5320Health Communication3 cr.
Health Education  
HE 2310Dynamics of Personal Health3 cr.
HE 2320Dynamics of Community and Environmental Health3 cr.
HE 3440Nutrition and Health Education3 cr.
HE 4340Family and Reproductive Health3 cr.
HE 5220Health Behavior Change3 cr.
HE 5440Mental Health and Substance Abuse3 cr.
Subtotal Credit Hours35-38


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 Advisor in Public Health to learn more about the major prior to undertaking the program.

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