San Diego State University

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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Overview

GSPH students in lab

GSPH students in lab

The Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health provides a broad educational opportunity and exposure of undergraduate students to the field of public health and its many disciplines.

The major prepares students to develop, implement, and assess public health programs conducted in varied settings, with diverse populations and aimed at reducing threats to public health. The major prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of settings, including government agencies, private/voluntary agencies, hospitals, clinics, and international programs.

Students develop basic competencies in public health concepts, theories, and methods. Students are exposed to the disciplines of epidemiology, environmental health, occupational health, health services administration, and behavioral science. The program of study uses examples of public health problems from all of these disciplines

 


Curriculum – Preparation for the Major

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students develop competencies in public health concepts

Students develop competencies in public health concepts.

All candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the requirements listed in the “Graduation Requirements” section of the SDSU General Catalog.

Preparation for the Major

Public Health 101, 290, 295; Biology 100, 100L, 211, 211L, 212; Chemistry 100; Psychology 101; Sociology 101; Statistics 119 or 250. (34 units)

Public Health 101, 290, and 295 may not be taken Cr/NC. The minimum grade for Public Health 101, 290, and 295 is B or higher. Each remaining course in preparation for the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C. These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC). Complete all courses in preparation for the major with a minimum GPA of 2.75

 


Curriculum – Major

sp4h students

Participate in student organizations such as Students 4 Public Health!

A minimum of 45 upper division units to include Public Health 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 402, 490A, 490B, 490C; Biology 336; and at least 15 units selected from the following:

    • Twelve units of electives from Public Health 331, 345, 353, 362, 450, General Studies 330, 340. Other electives as selected and offered by the Graduate School of Public Health, with approval of academic adviser.
    • Three units from one of the following categories:
      • Preprofessional. Science courses selected with approval of Graduate School of Public Health undergraduate academic adviser.
      • Research. Public Health 499 (Special Study) and completion of a senior research paper under guidance of a faculty member. Must receive approval from the undergraduate public health adviser. Senior standing in public health and Public Health 402, 490A, 490B, and credit or concurrent registration in Public Health 490C.
      • Practice. Public Health 497 (Supervised Field Experience);
        internship from a list of selected public health agencies

International Experience

our HHS 350 students in Costa Rica

our HHS 350 students in Costa Rica

All public health/health science majors are required to participate in an international experience to increase awareness of cross-cultural issues, global health, economic, political, cultural, social services, and health challenges experienced by local populations in international environments. Students participate in residence for two or more weeks (exceptions must be approved by the dean of the college for students who, because of serious and compelling life events or physical limitations, cannot meet this requirement).

Student Experiences Abroad – Real World Examples

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Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10, or Rhetoric and Writing Studies 305W or Linguistics 305W with a grade of C (2.0) or better

 


Curriculum – Minor

The minor in health science consists of a minimum of 18 units, to include 12 units of Public Health 101, 290, 301, 302, and six units selected from Public Health 303, 304, 305.

Public Health 101 and 290 must be completed with a grade of B or higher and students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to enroll in the required 300-level public health courses.

Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the major, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable. A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University

 


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Admissions

Prospective students at Explore SDSU

Prospective students at Explore SDSU

The public health major is an impacted program.  To be admitted to major, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Receive a grade of B or higher in Public Health 101, 290, and 295. These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  • Complete each remaining course in preparation for the major with a minimum grade of C. These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  • Complete all courses in preparation for the major with a minimum GPA of 2.75;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher

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last updated: 1/23/2017