Students enrolled in the public health major must complete the coursework listed under curriculum requirements to earn the BSPH degree through the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS).  Students should meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Student Services (OSS) to discuss any questions related to their degree requirements.

Curriculum Requirements

Areas of Proficiency
English Composition
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Mathematics
Mathematics: MTH 107 or higher3
Statistics: BPH 202 or other approved statistics course3
Social Science
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
One additional approved social science elective3
Modern Language
One modern language course at or above the 200 level3
Natural Science
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
5
Choose one chemistry option below:4-5
Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Lecture)
and Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Laboratory)
Principles of Chemistry I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
Chemistry For The Biosciences I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
Areas of Knowledge
Arts & Humanities9
People & Society*0
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)9
Major
BPH 206Introduction to Public Health3
BPH 208Introductory Epidemiology3
BPH 309Health and Environment3
BPH 310Global Health3
BPH 321Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
BPH 322Introduction to Health Policy3
BPH 352Biological Principles of Public Health3
BPH 465Public Health Statistics and Data Management3
BPH 490Field Practicum in Community Health3
Major Elective**3
Major Elective**3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills***0
Electives****39-38
Total Credit Hours120
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The public health major may be used to fulfill this cognate area.

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Students may choose an elective from the following courses: APY 205, BPH 301, BPH 303, BPH 305, BPH 306, BPH 317, BPH 319, BPH 355, BPH 402, BPH 419, BPH 461, BPH 487, BTE 450, BSL 460, COS 324, COS 325, COS 426, COS 427, COS 472, GEG 231, GEG 241, GEG 334, GEG 336, GEG 341, GEG 343, GEG 345, GEG 346, GEG 348, GEG 366, GEG 412, INS 570, INS 571, INS 572, INS 573, INS 599, KIN 155, MGT 270, MKT 388, and SOC 480

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Students must take at least five designated writing-intensive courses to complete this requirement; unless students choose to take additional credits to complete this requirement, it is highly recommended students select courses that are designated as writing-intensive and will double count toward this area and their other requirements.

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The number of electives students take may vary due to differences in placement scores, transfer credits, course and cognate selections, etc.

This is only a sample.  There are numerous ways students can create plans of study for the public health major.  Students should feel empowered to use the information listed in the Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook to take charge of their education, pursue their own academic interests, and create their own, unique plans of study.

The School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) recommends students create their own plan of study that accounts for their ENG, MTH, and modern language placements and incorporates their major, minor, and cognate interests.  Once students draft their initial plan of study, they are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Student Services (OSS) to review their plan, address any questions or concerns, discuss areas for improvement, and brainstorm ways to integrate research experiences, study abroad opportunities, global initiatives, graduate school requirements, and career preparation experiences.

The sample plan of study listed below is based on the following ENG, MTH, and modern language placement information and major, minor, and cognate selections:

  • ENG placement: ENG 105
  • MTH placement: MTH 101
  • Modern Language placement: SPA 101
  • Major(s): Public Health
  • Minor(s): None
  • Cognates
    • Art & Humanities: Popular Culture (RAU = English)
    • People & Society: Public Health major (RAU = Nursing & Health Studies)
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Biology and Chemistry for Pre-Health Sciences (RAU = Chemistry)

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BPH 206 Introduction to Public Health (W) 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BPH 208 Introductory Epidemiology 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 107 Precalculus Mathematics I 3
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (counts for STEM cognate)
5
BPH 202 Introductory Statistics in Health Care (W) 3
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
Major Elective (*) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BPH 310 Global Health (W) 3
CHM 111
CHM 113
Principles of Chemistry I
and Chemistry Laboratory I (counts for STEM cognate)
4
ENG 383 The Literature of Science Fiction (W; counts for Arts & Humanities cognate) 3
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
Fall
AMS 322 Topics in American Studies: Literature (counts for Arts & Humanities cognate) 3
BPH 321 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (W) 3
BPH 352 Biological Principles of Public Health 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BPH 309 Health and Environment (W) 3
BPH 322 Introduction to Health Policy 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
BPH 465 Public Health Statistics and Data Management (W) 3
WGS 210 Popular representations of Queer sexualities (counts for Arts & Humanities cognate) 3
Major Elective (*) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BPH 490 Field Practicum in Community Health (W) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours123

(W) = Course is designated as writing-intensive

(*) = Students may choose an elective from the following courses: APY 205, BPH 301, BPH 303, BPH 305, BPH 306, BPH 317, BPH 319, BPH 355, BPH 402, BPH 419, BPH 461, BPH 487, BTE 450, BSL 460, COS 324, COS 325, COS 426, COS 427, COS 472, GEG 231, GEG 241, GEG 334, GEG 336, GEG 341, GEG 343, GEG 345, GEG 346, GEG 348, GEG 366, GEG 412, INS 570, INS 571, INS 572, INS 573, INS 599, KIN 155, MGT 270, MKT 388, and SOC 480