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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the history, philosophy, and core functions of public health in the U.S. and globally.
  2. Analyze factors that affect human health and contribute to health disparities including socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and systemic factors.
  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs that improve population health outcomes and promote health equity.  
  4. Apply epidemiological and public health research methods to assess community health needs, assets, and outcomes.
  5. Communicate public health information in oral, written, and visual forms through a variety of media.
  6. Describe the legal, ethical, structural, and economic dimensions of health care and policy, and the role of different governmental entities in public health.

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 255Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach (E) (USCP) 14
or HLTH 260 Women's Health Issues
HLTH 265Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HLTH 298Introduction to Epidemiology4
HLTH 305Drugs in Society4
HLTH 310Injury Prevention3
HLTH 318Applied Epidemiology4
HLTH 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 434Health Promotion Program Planning4
HLTH 435Health Promotion Program Implementation and Evaluation4
HLTH 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, 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
Meaning, Gender, and Identity in Anthropological Theory
Values and Technology
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
Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
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
Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
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
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Health and Nutrition
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Nutrition in Aging
Medical Terminology
Worksite and University Health Promotion Programs
Health, Exercise and Fitness
Introductory Undergraduate Research 5
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 5
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
World Food Systems
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
Multicultural Psychology
Abnormal 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 (D2) 14
or SOC 110 Comparative Societies
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B3) 14
BIO 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIO 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II5
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3) 14
FSN 202Introduction to Human Nutrition4
MCRO 221Microbiology (GE Electives) 14-5
or MCRO 224 General Microbiology I
PSY 201General Psychology4
or PSY 202 General Psychology
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B4) 14
STAT 313Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models (Upper-Division B) 1, 64
(See GE program requirements below.)44
Free Electives 76-8
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, 28 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 44 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English 24
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E (4 units in Major) 10
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units44