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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.

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Admissions Criteria

Public Health Curriculum

Major Application Deadlines

Accelerated BS/MPH EOH Program

Minor in Public Health


Academic Policies

Academic Achievement

Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising:  Stephanie Springer, MPH, Lecturer

Admissions Criteria

  • University of Arizona GPA of 2.500 or greater
  • Completion of all pre-public 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
Or 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 Maternal and Child Health Nutrition 3
CPH 493A Field Work in Public Health 6


  • 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 439A Outbreaks and Environmental Microbiology:  Then to Now 3
CPH 457 Food We Eat, Drugs We Take, How We Work and Play--The U.S. Regulatory Agencies 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 400 Contemporary Community Health Problems 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
CPH 458 Health Care Marketing 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

Final: July 15
Priority: October 1
Final: November 28
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

Completing the online information session and worksheets is required for all students who would like to change their major to public health or the pre major. 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 (by last name):

Read more about how to meet with an advisor here

Please meet with your academic advisor if you have questions about any of the following College of Public Health Academic Policy topics:

Back2UA, Disqualification Petition, Extension of Incomplete, General Petition, Increase Unit Maximums, Late Change Petition, Obtaining Dean's Signature or Permission, Probation, Transfer Credit Evaluation for General Education Coursework

One of the greatest resources available is the Academic Catalog, which is the University's primary, comprehensive single source of departmental, college and university-wide information related to academic programs. Courses, degree programs, and policies that govern progress towards completion of a degree are described in the catalog. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of the catalog they are following and are strongly encouraged to read the UA's student responsibility policy. Students are always encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to answer/clarify any questions you may have about a college or university policy.

Academic Achievement

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health recognizes the academic achievements of our outstanding undergraduate students in the public health major. This recognition becomes part of the student’s official academic record and appears on their university transcripts. Please read more about this recognition here.

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