Advising Course Plan - Public Health Major

Public Health (general) - with Public Health Studies minor

Those interested in pursuing a career in Public Health should plan on also pursuing a Public Health Studies minor, in which required courses are denoted by a (*) in the plan below. Some requirements may differ from the ones below, depending on the area of Public Health you wish to pursue (e.g., Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Health Policy, Biomedical Sciences, etc.). Speak to your advisor if you have a particular area of interest in mind. You’ll notice that there is a substantial amount of flexibility in the course plan, which will be modified to meet your particular area(s) of interest within Public Health. Please make sure to look at various graduate program requirements for different universities (early on! – preferably in your 1st year as an undergraduate) and areas of Public Health in which you may be interested, so that you can modify your course plan according to requirements needed for graduate programs in your specialty area of Public Health. Of course, make sure you satisfy all the Integrative Health Science (IHSC) major requirements, which can be found in the course catalog online (the plan below should allow you to do this).

Students will apply to public health programs using the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS):

http://www.sophas.org/

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) maintains a list of nationally-accredited, by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), programs across an array of areas within public health:

http://www.aspph.org/program-finder/

Before applying, students will need to take the GRE standardized exam.

First Year
FallUnits
BIOL 141P1Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
IHSC 219W1Health and Wellness1
FSEM 100First Year Seminar1
Writing requirement course for General Education requirement1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 142P1Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology1
PSYC 101S1Introduction to Psychology1
PUBH 240W1,*Introduction to Public Health1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
IHSC 201P1Human Anatomy and Physiology I1
PUBH 308Q1,*Health and Medical Statistics1
PUBH 303*Global Health1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Spring
IHSC 2021Anatomy Physiology II1
PUBH 325*Epidemiology1
IHSC Elective11
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Third Year
Fall
Junior Seminar must be taken this year 
IHSC 3091Research Methods in the Health Sciences1
IHSC 4111Exercise Physiology1
Junior Seminar or IHSC Elective11
PHIL 316E1Bio-Medical Ethics (or equivalent; IHSC Elective; or other Personal & Social Responsibility course (R, E, W, D, J))1
 Term Units4
Spring
IHSC 4981Senior Research Proposal1
IHSC 200W1Introduction to Nutrition Science1
Junior Seminar or IHSC Elective1
PHS Elective1,*1
IHSC 3751,*Community Healthcare Seminar (IHSC Elective; recommended)0.5
Students should take the GRE during the summer prior to Fourth Year 
 Term Units4.5
Fourth Year
Fall
Recommended electives come from the list of electives for the PHS minor. For certain areas of public health, some of these electives would need to be dispersed throughout your undergraduate studies rather than saving them for the final year, as some courses will have other prerequisite courses. 
IHSC 4991Senior Research Project1
PHS Elective*1
PUBH 3761,*Health Coach Practicum I0.5
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units4.5
Spring
PUBH 3771,*Health Coach Practicum II0.5
Elective1
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units3.5
Total Unit: 32.5
1

 Required for IHSC major.

*

 Common core of prerequisite course work.