The undergraduate minor in public health is open to UCLA undergraduates by application. The minor provides interested students an opportunity to learn more about core public health functions, including the assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk, identifying health problems and priorities, and understanding the formation of public policies designed to solve local and national health problems.
Minor in Public Health
Minor Requirements for Students Admitted to UCLA Before Fall 2023
- Public Health C150
- Biostatistics 100A
- Community Health Sciences 100
- Environmental Health Sciences 100
- Epidemiology 100
- Health Policy and Management 100
- One upper division elective course from the school’s course offerings (4 units)
Minor Requirements for Students Admitted to UCLA in Fall 2023 and After
- Public Health 50A and 50B
- Three courses from among Biostatistics 100A, Community Health Sciences 100, Environmental Health Sciences 100, Epidemiology 100, and Health Policy and Management 100
- Two upper-division elective courses from the school’s course offerings (8 units; no more than 4 units from 195 to 199 numbered courses may be applied)
A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor. Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must achieve an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.
Enrollment to the undergraduate minor in public health requires students to apply for admission. The application for admission is due April 3, 2023. Admissions decisions are expected by end of April.Apply Now
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to complete all 'Preparation for the Major' requirements before applying?
No. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee will evaluate each application based on progress toward completing the preparatory courses, overall academic performance, and interest in public health. Primary consideration for admission will be given to students who complete Public Health 50A in Winter 2023 and enroll in Public Health 50B in spring 2023.
When is Public Health 50A offered?
During the 2023-24 academic year, Public Health 50A will be offered only in winter 2024; Public Health 50B will be offered in spring 2024. The next planned offering of PH 50A is Fall 2023, with PH 50B offered in winter 2024.
I won’t be able to take PH 50A in Winter 2023. Can I still apply to one of the majors?
Yes. If you have completed other public health courses, such as Public Health 10 or C150, or have volunteer or academic experience related to public health, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee will consider your application. It is strongly recommended that you speak with the school’s advising staff before applying.
Can I double major with Public Health?
Admission to both majors is based on a cohort model and the school will not be allowing students to double major. However, students are encouraged to select minors that complement their academic, personal, and professional interests.
Can I apply to the BA, BS, and the minor at the same time?
The major application will ask students to apply to either the BA or BS. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee will consider each applicant’s progress toward completing the preparatory courses. Requests by admitted students to change BA or BS tracks will require a Blue Petition and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students should apply to their first choice, the major or minor, but not at the same time. Students who apply to the major but are not accepted will be given an opportunity to apply to the minor shortly after decisions are made.
Whom do I contact about the public health major if I’ve not been accepted to UCLA yet?
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