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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.

Faculty

Director: Joe K. Gerald, MD, PhD

Affiliated Faculty

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

Prerequisites

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
Or ENGL 308
Business Writing
Or Technical Writing
3
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
Or NSC 310
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Or Principles of Nutrition in Health and Disease
3
CPH 493A Public Health Internship 6

TRACK COURSES

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

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

The College of Public Health also offers an Accelerated BS & MPH Environmental & Occupational Health Program, which is a 5 Year Program. More details are available about this program on the Accelerated BS & MPH Environmental & Occupational Health Program page.

Undergraduate Minor in Public Health

An Undergraduate Minor in Public Health is also available. For more information, download the Undergrad Minor in Public Health PDF

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 server the following students:

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