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: 153 credits, including 22 to 23 credits in University General Education Requirement courses; 34 credits in public health core courses, including 12 credits in graduate courses taken during the undergraduate program; 12 credits in undergraduate public health electives; 51 to 52 credits in additional electives; and 33 additional credits in MPH program-specific coursework.

University General Education Requirement

See BS in public health curriculum requirements for information about fulfilling the University General Requirement.

Credit distributions
Public health core requirements and graduate course substitutions
22 credits in undergraduate public health core courses:
PUBH 1010First-Year Experience in Public Health
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2140Foundations of Research Methods
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3133Global Health and Development
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 4140WSenior Seminar
12 credits in graduate courses taken during the undergraduate program and undergraduate courses waived:
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health (Replaces PUBH 2142) *
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology (Replaces PUBH 3131)
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health (Replaces PUBH 2112)
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health (Replaces PUBH 3132)
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I

*Students in the MPH in biostatistics program take PUBH 6850, PUBH 6851, and PUBH 6852 instead of PUBH 6002  


63 to 64 credits in elective courses, including 12 credits in public health guided electives and 51 to 52 credits in general electives. See BS in public health curriculum requirements for the list of preapproved guided elective courses and guidelines concerning general electives.

Additional MPH required core courses

The courses listed below are in addition to the above MPH courses that count toward both degrees. The remaining credits of the 45-credit MPH degree are program-specific. See the full list of MPH programs in this Bulletin for additional information.

PUBH 6000MPH Applied Practice Experience
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation (Course selection depends on MPH Program)
or PUBH 6501 Program Evaluation
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
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)

Students should refer to the BS/MPH in public health program guide available from SPH for specific rules regarding course substitutions that may be applicable. 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 the undergraduate degree, MPH core courses, and MPH program-specific coursework.
Achievement of a minimum grade of B in each of the graduate courses taken during the undergraduate program and counted toward both degrees.
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.

Students must comply with all policies and procedures outlined under University Regulations, SPH regulations, and the SPH undergraduate handbook.