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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 299Behavioral Epidemiology4
HLTH 310Injury Prevention3
HLTH 334Health Behavior Theory3
HLTH 402Research Methods in Public Health Settings4
HLTH 405Stress, Health and Chronic Illness4
HLTH 410Global Health4
HLTH 460Experiential Senior Project1
or HLTH 461 Senior Project Report
or HLTH 462 Research Senior Project
or HLTH 463 Public Health Internship
HLTH/KINE 255Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach (E) 14
or HLTH 260 Women's Health Issues
HLTH/KINE 265Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HLTH/KINE 298Disease Epidemiology4
HLTH/KINE 305Drugs in Society4
HLTH/KINE 320Media and Technology in Health Promotion4
HLTH/KINE 434Health Promotion Program Planning4
HLTH/KINE 435Health Promotion Program Implementation and Evaluation4
HLTH/KINE 453Obesity Prevention and Treatment4
Approved Electives 2, 3, 4
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 (D5)
Meaning, Gender, and Identity in Anthropological Theory (B7, USCP)
Values and Technology (C4)
Topics and Issues in Values, Media and Culture (C4)
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies (D5)
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 (D5)
Health Communication
Multicultural Society and the Mass Media (USCP)
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 (USCP)
Reflections on Biking, Walking and the City (D5)
Planning Healthy Communities
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (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 Testing and Prescription for Healthy Populations
Exercise and Health Gerontology
Public Policy and Health
The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (USCP)
World Food Systems (B7)
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 (D5)
Psychology of Aging (D5)
Health Psychology
Behavioral Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
Behavioral Genetics
Multicultural Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Sociology of the Life Cycle (D5)
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Hispanic Language and Culture
Elementary Spanish II
Elementary Spanish III
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish I (C5)
Intermediate Spanish II (C5)
Intermediate Spanish III (C5)
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 Psychology4
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 Electives2-4
Total units180


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 ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B7Upper-division elective 24
Area CArts and Humanities
C2Philosophy 34
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective 24
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5) 24
Area DSociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions (4 units in Support) 10
D5Upper-division elective 24
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective (4 units in Major) 10
Total units48