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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and apply the scientific evidence base of human health and disease, and of public health to design programs and services that improve health outcomes.
  2. Apply the basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection and analysis to monitor health status and understand factors that influence health outcomes at the local, state, national and global levels. 
  3. Provide information using a variety of communication strategies to facilitate the adoption of healthy behavior. 
  4. Develop, evaluate and improve programs and services to improve health outcomes at all levels of the social ecological model.
  5. Apply interdisciplinary and community based approaches to improve health outcomes.
  6. Develop and advocate for public health policies and plans to promote and protect the health of individuals, families, and communities.
  7. Examine the legal, ethical and economic dimensions of health care and public health policies, the roles and responsibilities of local, state and federal agencies and their influence on health outcomes.
  8. Examine the history and philosophy, core functions and the value of public health across the globe and in society.
  9. Appraise the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: Up to 4 units of credit/no credit grading may be selected for courses in major, support, or concentration.

HLTH 101Orientation to Public Health1
HLTH/KINE 255Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach4
or HLTH 260 Women's Health Issues
HLTH/KINE 265Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HLTH/KINE 298Disease Epidemiology4
HLTH 299Behavioral Epidemiology4
HLTH/KINE 305Drugs in Society4
HLTH 310Injury Prevention3
HLTH/KINE 320Media and Technology in Health Promotion4
HLTH 334Health Behavior Theory3
HLTH 402Research Methods in Public Health Settings4
HLTH 405Stress, Health and Chronic Illness4
HLTH 410Global Health4
HLTH/KINE 434Health Promotion Program Planning4
HLTH/KINE 435Health Promotion Program Implementation and Evaluation4
HLTH/KINE 453Obesity Prevention and Treatment4
HLTH 460Experiential Senior Project1
or HLTH 461 Senior Project Report
or HLTH 462 Research Senior Project
or HLTH 463 Public Health Internship
Approved Electives 2
Approved electives have been organized by area of interest to guide students in their selections. Any course listed below can be used as an elective; courses not listed below can serve as an elective but require faculty advisor approval.
Select from the following:12
At least 4 units must be at the 300-400 level
Culture and Health
Cultural Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Human Cultural Adaptations
Meaning, Gender, and Identity in Anthropological Theory (Area F, USCP)
Values and Technology (C4)
Topics and Issues in Values, Media and Culture
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies
Life and Physical Science
Biology of Sex
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function
Human Genetics
Survey of Genetics
Biology of Cancer
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry III
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
General Microbiology II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Public Health Microbiology
Food Microbiology
College Physics I
College Physics II
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Intercultural Communication
Health Communication
Multicultural Society and the Mass Media
Public Relations
Public Relations and Crisis Management
Built Environment and Health
Introduction to Urban Planning
Land Use and Transportation Studies
Planning for and with Multiple Publics
Reflections on Biking, Walking and the City
Planning Healthy Communities
Applications in GIS
Health and Nutrition
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Nutrition in Aging
Medical Terminology
Worksite and University Health Promotion Programs
Exercise and Fitness
Physiology of Exercise
Pathophysiology and Exercise
Exercise and Health Gerontology
Exercise Testing and Prescription for Fitness Specialists
Public Policy and Health
The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (USCP)
World Food Systems (Area F)
Public Policy and Administration
Technology and Public Policy
The Politics of Poverty
Resource and Grant Development
Behavioral Health
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Behavior in Organizations
Psychology of Death
Environmental Psychology
Psychology of Aging
Health Psychology
Behavioral Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
Behavioral Genetics
Abnormal Psychology
Multicultural Psychology
Sociology of the Life Cycle
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Hispanic Language and Culture
Elementary Spanish II
Elementary Spanish III
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish III
Design and Analysis of Experiments I
Applied Regression Analysis
Statistical Computing with SAS
Statistical Computing with R
Select one concentration19-20
ANT 201Cultural Anthropology (D3) 14
or SOC 110 Comparative Societies
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B4) 14
BIO 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIO 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II5
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B3 & B4) 14
FSN 210Nutrition4
MCRO 221Microbiology4-5
or MCRO 224 General Microbiology I
PSY 201General Psychology (D4) 14
or PSY 202 General Psychology
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B1) 14
STAT 313Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models (B1) 14
See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives3-4
Total units180

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.


Students may select one of the following concentrations.

Community and Public Health
Culture and Society in Health
Physical Activity in Public Health
Worksite and University Health Promotion

General Education (GE) Requirements 

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area A Communication
A1 Expository Writing4
A2 Oral Communication4
A3 Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area B Science and Mathematics
B1 Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2 Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3 Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4 One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area C Arts and Humanities
C1 Literature4
C2 Philosophy4
C3 Fine/Performing Arts4
C4 Upper-division elective (may be in Concentration) 20-4
Area C elective (Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1 The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2 Political Economy4
D3 Comparative Social Institutions (4 units in Support) 10
D4 Self Development (CSU Area E) (4 units in Support) 10
D5 Upper-division elective4
Area F Technology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units48

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


Required in Culture and Society in Health Concentration; also satisfies GE.