Coursework for the university general education requirement in the bachelor of science in public health is distributed as follows:

  • Communication—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing-in-the-disciplines (WID) courses; 
  • Critical Analysis in the Humanities—one approved course in humanities that involves critical thinking skills;
  • Quantitative Reasoning—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics;
  • Scientific Reasoning—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry; and,
  • Critical Analysis in the Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences 

Please visit the university general education requirement page for a list of qualifying courses.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 155 credits, including 19 credits in University General Education requirements; 34 credits in public health core courses including 10 graduate crossover credits; 9 credits in undergraduate public health electives; 58 credits in additional electives; and 35 credits in selected program-specific and graduate electives.

Credit distributions
Public health core requirements and graduate course substitutions
22 credits in undergraduate public health core courses, including the research methods selectives
PUBH 1010First-Year Experience in Public Health
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2142Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3133Global Health and Development
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 4140WSenior Seminar
One 3-credit research methods selective selected from the following:
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health (Research Methods in Public Health topic only)
EXNS 3111WExercise and Nutrition Sciences Research Methods
Graduate courses shared between programs (12 credits):
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
Public health guided electives (12 credits)
12 credits in public health guided electives selected from the approved list of courses.
Additional MPH required core course (11 credits)
These courses are in addition to the above MPH courses shared between programs:
PUBH 6000MPH Applied Practice Experience
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy (BSPH students receiving an A- or better in PUBH 3135W may waive/replace this course with an approved graduate elective)
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience (or other CE or Capstone for specific MPH program)

Refer to the program guide for the dual BS in public health-MPH program for specific rules regarding course substitutions that may be applicable as well as course scheduling issues. Also, the relevant MPH program guide is the best source of information for program-specific graduation requirements. The undergraduate BS/MPH program advisor and mph faculty advisors are available to support individual curriculum planning.

Graduation requirements
Successful completion of a total of 153 credits in undergraduate and graduate courses..
Successful completion of the undergraduate degree, graduate core courses, and MPH program-specific coursework.
Achievement of an overall 3.0 (B) grade-point average in graduate-level coursework.
Completion of the degrees within five years of matriculation into the dual degree program.
In accordance with undergraduate and graduate established policies- see student handbooks.
Students must comply with all policies and procedures outlined in University Regulations, SPH regulations, the SPH Undergraduate Handbook and the SPH Graduate Handbook. *

 * See University Regulations, SPH regulations, the SPH Undergraduate Handbook.