The University of Arizona

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a Major in Public Health

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Public Health is designed to promote an understanding of health and disease based on public health principles. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students to work in public health to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. The curriculum provides general knowledge regarding public health principles and practice augmented by concentrated study (tracks) in Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Behavior and Health Delivery. Field work provides students with an experience that incorporates classroom learning into public health practice and prepares them for future employment.

Director:  Joe K. Gerald, MD, PhD
Paloma Beamer, PhD   Eric Lutz, PhD
Heidi Brown, PhD   Mary Kay O'Rourke, PhD
Jeff Burgess, MD, MPH   Sheila Parker, DrPH
Robert Canales, PhD   Kerstin Reinschmidt, PhD, MPH
Scott Carvajal, PhD, MPH   Kelly Reynolds, PhD, MSPH
Christina Cutshaw, PhD   Ernest Schloss, PhD
Burris Duncan, MD   Stephanie Springer, MPH
Janet Foote, PhD   Terry J. Stobbe, PhD, CIH
Robin Harris, PHD, MPH   Douglas Taren, PhD
Mary Koss, PhD   Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, CSO
    Ron Watson, PhD
Affiliated Faculty
Michelle Gamber, DrPH, MPH    
Lee Ann Hamilton, MA, CHES    
Christina Laukaitis, MD, PhD, FACP    
Terry Urbine, PhD    

Admissions Criteria

  • University of Arizona GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Completion of all pre-health prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher; except for ENGL 102, which requires a grade of B or higher
  • Completed major application
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement of experiences and goals


Transfer Credit

Public Health Curriculum

Bachelor of Science - Major Course Requirements

Required Core Courses
Minimum 33 units; grade of C or higher required
Course Number Title Units
ENGL 307
ENGL 308
Business Writing   or
Technical Writing
CPH 309 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
CPH 310 Health Care in the U.S. 3
CPH 350 Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion 3
CPH 375 Introduction to Environmental & Occupational Health 3
CPH 376 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
CPH 387 Health Disparities & Minority Health 3
CPH 433 Global Health 3
CPH 478
NSC 310
Maternal and Child Nutrition   or
Principles of Nutrition in Health and Disease
CPH 493A Public Health Internship 6


  • Select one Track Option and complete three courses
  • Minimum 9 units; grade of C or higher require


TRACK OPTION 1:  Environmental and Occupational Health Track
Select any (2) courses and CPH 484 to complete the Environmental and Occupational Health track:**
Course Number Title Units
CPH 484 Fundamentals of Industrial and Environmental Health** 3
CPH 401 Introduction to Mapping for Public Health 3
CPH 418 Introduction to Health Risk Assessment 3
CPH 422 Safety Fundamentals 3
CPH 457  Food We Eat, Drugs We Take, How We Work and Play--The U.S. Regulatory Agenice 3
CPH 489 Public Health Preparedness 3
**Note:   CPH 484 is required for the Environmental and Occupational Health Track
TRACK OPTION 2:  Health Behaviors Track
Select any (3) of the following courses to complete the Health Behaviors track:
Course Number Title Units
CPH 306 Drugs and Society 3
CPH 330 Human Sexuality 3
CPH 381 Health Education Intervention Methods 3
CPH 449 Family Violence 3
TRACK OPTION 3: Health Delivery Track
Select any (3) of the following courses to complete the Health Diversitites track:
Course Number Title Units
CPH 405 Biology in Public Health Research 3
CPH 407 Health Economics and Policy 3
CPH 412 Public Health Approaches to Mental Health Disorders in the U.S. 3
CPH 415 Strategic Planning 3

Additional Curriculum Information & Requirements

CPH Electives Minimum 12 units; grade of C or higher required
Consult with a MEZCOPH undergraduate academic advisor
General Electives

Minimum 10 units

CPH 400 Level Courses Admission to the major or minor required for enrollment  

Major Application Deadlines 

FALL   Final: July 15
SPRING   Priority: October 1 | Final: November 28
SUMMER   Priority: February 15 | Final: April 15

Accelerated BS & MPH Environmental & Occupational Health Program

Undergraduate Minor in Public Health

Information Sessions are required for all students who would like to change their major to public health. For more information regarding application to the Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Health please visit the Undergraduate Admissions page or contact the undergraduate academic advisors.

Advising within the College of Public Health is split by the alphabet of the student’s last name. The following Academic Advisors serve the following students:

A-J – Jessica Acuña –
K-S – Erin Scudder –
T-Z – Stephanie Springer –