Advising Course Plan - Public Health Major - Plan for Interest in MPH or other Graduate Programs

Master of Public Health (MPH) programs could be broader/more general OR more specific when you can select a concentration (e.g. Epidemiology, Environmental Health, etc). 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. Speak to your advisor if you have a particular area of interest in mind. The plan below is flexible enough to allow you to also pursue a minor/ major in another area that could strengthen your overall educational background. The plan can also be easily adjusted to meet requirements for other graduate programs other than MPH.

The following course plan could also be used (with some modifications and help from your advisor) to help you prepare for Master degrees in bio-medical sciences, nutrition science and other health-related master degrees.

Although not necessary, depending on your interests, following minors/programs are recommended (alphabetically listed):

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Health Sciences
  • Latin American studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sustainable food systems

Highly recommended minors/programs for those who may be interested in global health or working with diverse/ immigrant communities:

  • Language (Spanish, French, Arabic)
  • PeaceCorp preparation

Please make sure to look at various graduate program requirements for different universities. The earlier the better (usually during the first two years of your undergraduate education)

Students will apply to graduate public health programs (usually MPH) 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 141P
or CHEM 141P*
Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
General Chemistry I
1
SOCI 101SUnderstanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology (recommended) or General Education Requirement1
FSEM 100First Year Seminar1
PUBH 140V*Introduction to Public Health (or Language)1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 142P
or CHEM 142P*
Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology
General Chemistry II
1
PSYC 101SIntroduction to Psychology (or General Education Requirement)1
General Education Requirement1
PUBH 140V*Introduction to Public Health (or Language)1
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
PUBH 284*Foundations of Epidemiology1
General Education Requirement or General Elective course1
CHEM 201*Organic Chemistry I (or PUBH elective* or General Education Requirement)1
PUBH elective* or General Education Requirement1
 Term Units4
Spring
PUBH 301*Foundations of Environmental Health Science1
General Education Requirement or General Elective course1
BIOL 301*Microbiology (or General Education Requirement)1
PHIL 316V*Bio-Medical Ethics (or General Education Requirement)1
 Term Units4
Third Year
Fall
PUBH 303*Global Health (or Statistics requirement (speak with your advisor to choose the Statistics course))1
General Education Requirement or General Elective course1
Junior Seminar1
PUBH 284*Foundations of Epidemiology (or General Elective or General Education Requirement)1
 Term Units4
Spring
PUBH 303*Global Health (or Statistics requirement (speak with your advisor to choose the Statistics course))1
PUBH 301*Foundations of Environmental Health Science (or General Education Requirement or General Elective course)1
PUBH 498*Senior Research Proposal1
PUBH Elective* or General Education Requirement or General Elective course1
 Term Units4
Fourth Year
Fall
PUBH 499*Senior Project1
PUBH Elective* or General Education Requirement or General Elective course1
PUBH 397*Public Health Internship (or General Education Requirement or General Elective course)1
General Education Requirement or General Elective course1
 Term Units4
Spring
PUBH 397*Public Health Internship1
General Education Requirement or General Elective course1
PUBH Elective * or General Education Requirement or General Elective course1
PHIL 316V*Bio-Medical Ethics (or General Education Requirtement)1
 Term Units4
Total Unit: 32
*

Major requirement