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Major in Public Health

Public health impacts our lives every day.

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.

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 Denver campus (CLAS) and the other from the Anschutz Medical Campus (CSPH).

“The different schools are complementary in what they offer our Public Health majors, which is much stronger as a joint venture than it would be if it were housed solely in either program alone,” says Richard Miech, PhD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Behavioral Health in CLAS.

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 connections to public health providers who can provide internship experiences for Public Health majors.  CLAS provides more than 100 public health electives in fourteen 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 CU 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 CU 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 health practice. To this end, the proposed major consists of both a BS and BA track. 

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