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Bachelor of Arts or Science in Public Health

Public Health Undergraduate Degrees Overview

Bachelors Degree

In response to the tremendous career and research opportunities in public health, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) have created an undergraduate major in Public Health, comprised of both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. All core classes for the public health major will be team taught with one faculty from the Downtown Campus (CLAS) and the other from the Anschutz Campus (CSPH).

The Public Health major will expose students to multiple academic disciplines. CSPH provides instructors with public health experience and a public health perspective, as well as a rich network of conections to public health providers who can provide internship experiences for Public Health majors. CLAS provides more than 100 public health electives in 14 different academic departments, as well as the basic prerequisite classes required of all undergraduates such as mathematics and English composition. Students can explore developing their own programs of study with other UC Denver schools including the School of Public Affairs, College of Nursing, College of Engineering and Applied Science, among others.

The new degree is designed to accommodate as many student interests as possible. At UC Denver, we are committed to helping students develop their own individualized educational path; we strive to serve the needs of both the student who wishes to specialize in communication strategies for effective public health education campaigns as well as the student who wants to hasten the translation of the latest bench science technologies into public heatlh practice. To this end, the proposed major consists of both a BS and BA track.

What is Public Health?

Public health is working to protect the environment, identifying sources of illness in population groups, controlling disease outbreaks, evaluating the economic impacts of changing demographics, developing interventions to promote healthy behavior, and producing health policy legislation. Public health draws from a broad array of disciplines, such as the social and behavioral sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, business, economics, statistics, epidemiology, law and biology, and each provide unique insights for the diverse set of activities involved in public health practice.

The Major

Two options will be available for the undergraduate major in Public Health: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). After completion of the program students will have a broad background that will serve as the foundation for a variety of career paths, such as immediate entry into public health positions, background training for a professional school such as law school, or the pursuit of an advanced degree such as a master's or PhD in the social sciences.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Students in the BA program develop a specialty in the social sciences and public health. More about the BA in Public Health.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Students in the BS program develop a specialty in the natural sciences and public health. More about the BS in Public Health​​​.


There are advisors, Rachel Norton and Melanie Tran​ to help guide students through our program.  Their office phone is (303) 556-6796, and they are located in North Classroom 3029. 

Fall 2016 Open Office Hours 

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Note: These advisors are specific to the Undergraduate Program in Public Health. All inquires concering transfer credits and acceptance into the university should contact an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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