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Public Health

Bachelor of Science

Prepare to work in careers related to public health and make a positive impact on quality of life for individuals and communities.

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The online Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Health will provide you with comprehensive coursework and experiential education in public health. The curriculum provides general knowledge regarding public health principles and practice. Fieldwork provides students with an experience that incorporates classroom learning into public health practice and prepares them for future employment.

You will have the opportunity to customize your degree experience to match your interests, aspirations and future goals by selecting your area of emphasis. You may choose from three emphases: Global Health, Health Systems Theory and Practice and Public Health Practice. This emphasis will account for 12 credits toward your degree.

The University of Arizona public health degree is the only program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in Arizona.

Disclaimer: Successful applicants will be admitted to Pre-Public Health. Requirements to progress to the Public Health professional major include: a University of Arizona GPA above 2.5, completion of all pre-health prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher and completion of the major application, including resume and statement of objectives. Note: Students may have up to 5 units of prerequisites still outstanding at the time of application.

Prerequisites can be found using the Public Health Curriculum Guide.

Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Science
College: Zuckerman College of Public Health

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $525
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Global Health emphasis course options include:

  • EPID 411: Health and Disease Across Time and the World - This is a course that introduces students to human variation and corresponding global trends in disease prevalence, and how these trends may be driven by evolutionary, historical, genetic, cultural, and environmental factors.
  • HPS 416: The World's Food and Health - The high-level course entails synthesizing peer-reviewed nutritional epidemiological papers by country with lectures on cultural aspects of food preparation and diet.
  • EPID 479: Infections and Epidemics - This course will take a multidisciplinary approach to examining the impact of infectious diseases on human populations, with an emphasis on relevant epidemiologic concepts.

Health Systems Theory and Practice emphasis course options include:

  • PHPM 407: Health Economics and Policy - Health policy is examined from an economic perspective. Basic economic theories and their relationships to the structure and function of the U.S. health care system are explored.
  • HPS 412: Public Health Approaches to Mental Health Disorders in the U.S. - This course will explore the identification and treatment of mental illness in the U.S. and discuss a public health approach to addressing mental health issues.
  • PHP 421: Introduction to Public Health Law and Ethics - This course introduces undergraduate public health students to current and foundational issues in law and ethics that affect the policies and practices of public health.

Public Health Practice emphasis course options include:

  • HPS 404: Fundamentals of Evaluation - The course provides students interested in pursuing an undergraduate public health degree with the fundamentals of planning and evaluation.
  • PHPM 407: Health Economics and Policy - Health policy is examined from an economic perspective. Basic economic theories and their relationships to the structure and function of the U.S. health care system are explored.
  • PHP 421: Introduction to Public Health Law and Ethics - This course introduces undergraduate public health students to current and foundational issues in law and ethics that affect the policies and practices of public health.
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Skills

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Public Health will build core skills, including:

  • case management
  • counseling
  • critical thinking
  • disease prevention
  • education
  • patient care
  • policy analysis
  • problem solving
  • research

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Global Health

Global health professionals work in settings all over the world to help prevent the spread of disease, deploy clean water initiatives, and support communities in times of natural disasters. Under the Global Health emphasis, students explore sanitation, global food supplies, epidemiology and more. Through a robust study abroad program, Public Health majors also have the opportunity to gain field research and service-learning experience in limited-resource settings.

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Health Systems Theory and Practice

Corporations, organizations, governments and communities need public health leaders to focus on planning, management and administration. Students in the Health Systems Theory and Practice emphasis take courses on health economics and policy, public health law and ethics, healthcare marketing, and strategic planning. Undergraduates complement their coursework with an internship that provides them with professional public health experience in their area of interest.

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Public Health Practice

Public health professionals design and implement programs to ensure all communities have access to crucial health services and safe living conditions. Public Health Practice emphasis students study health program evaluation, health policy, law, and ethics. Undergraduates complement their coursework with an internship that provides them with professional public health experience working with underserved populations.

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Public Health Program Overview

Students who graduate with a public health degree change the world, their communities, and themselves. They earn skills to work in public health policy, social work, epidemiology, health education, and other fields essential to modern society.

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Public Health | Student Internship

Dive deeper into the field of public health to prepare for the next stage of your career! Our internships give you real-world experience, broaden your professional network, and enhance your skills outside of your coursework.

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