The public health major will serve as a foundation for your future public health careers, from biostatistics and epidemiology, to health education and health policy, to global and environmental health. It will also prepare you for graduate training in these fields or in related professional health careers such as medicine, nursing or social work.

The interdisciplinary public health major consists of 15 courses. Seven of these courses are required and four courses meet distribution requirements. An additional four advisor-approved and program-approved elective courses are intended to deepen student learning in a key area of public health. Students are strongly urged to complete an internship as part of the major.

(44-47 semester hours)

  • PUBH-101 Introduction to Public Health
  • PUBH-248 Epidemiology
  • PUBH-295 Public Health Seminar
  • PUBH-395 Advanced Seminar in Public Health
  • ECON-241 Health Economics and Health Policy
  • PHIL-212 Ethical Dimensions of Health Care
  • SOC-250/SOWK-250 Diversity and Inequality in the United States
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    • HE-265 Basic Health Concepts: Mental Health, Fitness, Sexuality, Aging, Addictive Behaviors, and Death
    • HE-266 Basic Health Concepts: Diseases, Substance Abuse, Community, and Evironment
    • PSYC-335 Health Psychology
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    • POLS-212 American Public Policy
    • SOWK-360 Social Welfare Policy Analysis
    • POLS-295 Special Topics: Evaluating Health Care Reform
  • One course from:
    • BIOL-364 Global Health, Environment, and Sustainability
    • ENST-210 Human Modifications of the Global Environment
    • IDIS-212 Global Health
  • Four 200- or 300-level advisor- approved and program-approved electives
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