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The BA and BS degrees in public health are designed for those who are interested in working to improve health in diverse populations by introducing students to the foundations of scientific and social knowledge relevant to public health, including:
Students in either major learn foundational concepts and approaches regarding health issues and their solutions, explore research methods both qualitative and quantitative, learn to think critically about upstream and downstream approaches in the field, and use case studies and problem-based learning to define issues, assess populations, implement programs, gather evidence, analyze data, and evaluate efforts.
Through courses and a capstone experience, students are equipped to pursue multiple career pathways, including entry-level jobs in public health, or seek further graduate studies in the health sciences such as in medicine or other health professions. Below are the preparation for the major and major requirements for both the BA and BS.
The BA and BS differ in the amount of science preparatory coursework required. BA students complete lower-division, introductory courses in life science, chemistry, and statistics, while BS students must complete the Life Sciences Core, which includes one to two years of coursework in the life sciences, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.
For students who complete all or a portion of the Life Science Core, the additional science preparation will equip them to take more science-focused upper-division electives and select a capstone experience that draws on greater preparation in the sciences. BA students may focus on artistic, business, economic, legal, linguistic, media, and policy applications of public health in their careers and will be more equipped for general and global issues for which some scientific background is necessary to understand the importance of the health factors involved.
|Introduction to Public Health||Public Health 50A and 50B||Public Health 50A and 50B|
|Foundations of scientific knowledge|
Chemistry 14A or 17
Life Sciences 7A or 15
Statistics 10 or 13
Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A, 14B, 14BL, 14C, 14CL, 14D (or 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B)
Life Sciences 7A, 7B, 7C, 23L
Life Sciences 30A, 30B, and 40 or Statistics 13, or Mathematics 3A, 3B, 3C, and Statistics 10 or 13
Physics 5A, 5B, 5C (or 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL)
|Health and society||One course from approved list||One course from approved list|
|Cultural competency||One approved diversity course||One approved diversity course|
|Communication fundamentals||Communication 1 or any approved Writing II course||Communication 1 or any approved Writing II course|
|Total units:||36-41 units||90-103 units|
|Requirement||BA and BS|
|Foundations of Public Health knowledge and practice|
Community Health Sciences 120
Environmental Health Sciences 120
Health Policy and Management 120
|Public health electives||Three upper division courses (minimum 12 units) from the school’s undergraduate course offerings; no more than 4 units from 195 to 199 numbered courses may be applied|
|Community engagement||Public Health 195CE or approved course|
|Capstone experience||Public Health 185A and 185B|
|Total units:||45-49 units|