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Bachelor of Arts in Public Health

BA Degree Requirements


BA Requirements

The core classes for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health consist of 35 credit hours. The 35 credit hours do not include required Public Health BA classes that are within the campus-wide and CLAS core curriculum undergraduate requirements (these are listed below). Because student exposure to other disciplines is important, the nine required credit hours in other departments are just as important pedagogically as the credit hours within the Public Health program, even though they are housed in other departments. Elective courses must be completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (F's will not be averaged in). Only pre-approved electives​ can be taken as electives for Public Health degrees.  Core classes are listed below and consist of requirements for the BA Public Health degree, for the UCD campus, as well as for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These classes must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each individual course.  Remaining credit hours are filled with Public Health electives. To be eligible to graduate with honors in Public Health, Public Health majors must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher, a Public Health GPA of 3.75 or higher, and complete the honors section of the Capstone Field Experience course. To sign up for this major or for more information, e-mail Sara.B.Newman@ucdenver.edu​ or Melanie.K.Tran@ucdenver.edu​. ​

Table 1: Required Classes for the Bachelor of Arts Public Health Program

Credit Hours Courses

26 credits​

 Required core classes
4 PBHL 2001, Introduction to Public Health
* Prerequisite​ for other PBHL courses
4 PBHL 3001, Introduction to Epidemiology
* Highly recommended prerequisite: College Algebra
3 PBHL 2020, Environmental Health
3 PBHL 3030, Health Policy
3 PBHL 4040, Social/Behavioral Influences on Health
3 PBHL 3070, Global Public Health
3 PBHL 4000, Capstone Field Experience
3 Statistics, which can be fulfilled by any one of the following classes:
SOC 3121, Statistics (note: has Math prereq)
PSY 2090, Statistics and Research Methods (prereq: PSY 1000)
MATH 2830, Introductory Statistics

Electives -

9 credits

BA requires nine credits from pre-approved electives list​ or alternative classes approved by Director.  At least six credits must be PBHL classes.

Table 2: Required BA Public Health Classes within Campus-Wide and CLAS Core Curriculum Undergraduate Requirements

Core Curriculum Campus-wide reqs. (hours) Additional CLAS reqs. (hours) Required classes in Public Health that fulfil​l campus-wide/CLAS core curriculum
BA
Intellectual Competencies      
English & Math 9-10 0  
Communicative skills 0 3  
Knowledge Areas      
Biological & Physical Sciences, Mathematics 7-10 3 to 4

BIOL 1550-4 or BIOL 2051-3 with BIOL 2071-1;

BIOL 1560-4 or ANTH 1303-4

Arts 3    
Humanities 3 3  
Behavioral & Social Sciences 6 6  
Cultural diversity 3    
International perspectives 3    

Table 3: Sample Curriculum for BA in Public Health

Semester I: 15 credit hours Semester II: 15 credit hours
3 hrs English campus core 3 hrs English campus core
3 hrs Behavioral/Social Science campus core 3 hrs Behavioral/Social Science campus core
3 hrs Arts & Humanities campus core 3 hrs Arts & Humanities campus core
3 hrs Communicative Skills CLAS core 3 hrs Cultural Diversity campus core
3 hrs Elective 3 hrs Elective
Semester III: 15 credit hours Semester IV: 15 credit hours
4 hrs PBHL 2000 4 hrs PBHL 3001
3 hrs Social Sciences CLAS core 4 hrs Biological & Physical Science, Math campus core
4 hrs BIOL 1550 4 hrs BIOL 1560
4 hrs Math campus core 3 hrs Behavioral Sciences CLAS core
Semester V: 15 credit hours Semester VI: 15 credit hours
3 hrs Humanities CLAS core 3 hrs PBHL 3030
3 hrs PBHL 2020 3 hrs International Perspectives campus core
3 hrs Elective 3 hrs Elective
3 hrs approved Statistics Class 3 hrs Elective
3 hrs Elective 3 hrs Elective
Semester VII: 15 credit hours Semester VIII: 15 credit hours
3 hrs Elective from Public Health list 3 hrs Elective from Public Health list
3 hrs PBHL 3070 3 hrs PBHL 4040
3 hrs Elective 3 hrs Elective from Public Health list
3 hrs Elective 3 hrs PBHL 4099
3 hrs Elective 3 hrs Elective
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