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Applied Humanities: Public Health

Bachelor of Arts

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Humanities

Program Details

Make a difference in your community and beyond by earning a BA in Applied Humanities: Public Health emphasis. The first of its kind in the country, the University of Arizona's applied humanities degree will demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to improving public health. In the emphasis, you will establish how to design and implement evidence-based, culturally appropriate, and sustainable solutions to address the world's health challenges and inequities. 

You will master the fundamental concepts of public health theory and practice through the humanities' collaborative, global, intercultural, and future-oriented practices. Learn to synthesize these concepts and formalize a humanities-based approach in your future career.

The BA in Applied Humanities teaches students cross-functional, creative, interpersonal skills and abilities critical for the future of the global economy. This degree meets the demands of professional programs with a broader interdisciplinary perspective. This humanistic perspective offers a vital edge in rapidly changing professions.

The program involves a mandatory internship that can be completed remotely.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


Students are required to complete four courses and one humanities elective. The emphasis courses for this program include:

HPS 178: Personal Health and Wellness
HPS 200: Introduction to Public Health
EPID 309: Introduction to Epidemiology



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Humanities: Public Health will build core skills, including:

  • Abstract and critical thinking
  • Analytical abilities­
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Flexibility
  • Innovation development
  • Intercultural competence
  • Leadership
  • Opportunity recognition
  • Oral communication
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Professionalism
  • Resource mobilization
  • Strategic planning
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Written communication

Graduates of the Applied Humanities: Public Health program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Clinical Researcher
  • Health Educator
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Infection Control Officer
  • Nutritionist
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Public Health Officer