Curriculum – Preparation for the Major
- SDSU MyMap! – assists SDSU undergrads in navigating course requirements for their majors
- BS Public Health Educational Objectives (pdf)
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
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
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
- Public Health-Specific Study Abroad Opportunities
- CHHS Undergraduate International Experience web site
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
Every year 10-12 undergraduates are selected to attend the phenomenal CSU Health Policy Conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento. This event gives students first hand experience in how Health Policy is created, moved forward or stopped, which is essential to better understanding our role as health professionals. Join us next year!
Applications for the upcoming health policy trip will open shortly, more information can be found HERE when available.
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.
Weber Honors College – Honors Minor
Are you a Public Health major, pre-major or applicant and interested in getting an Honors Minor? This is an interdisciplinary 16-unit minor designed for students who are academically motivated and engaged. Classes are small, fun, interactive and seminar style which will greatly help you prepare for graduate school.
High School Applicants
High school seniors (incoming college freshmen) from the U.S. or overseas will be required to meet one of the following four eligibility criteria in order to apply:
- A weighted grade point average of 3.70 or above, or
- A composite score of 28 or above on the ACT, or
- A score of 1200 or above on the old SAT (Critical Reading + Math), or
- A score of 1270 or above on the new SAT (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing + Math)
Currently enrolled SDSU Applicants
Current SDSU students must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average in order to apply.
Students from the U.S. or overseas applying from a community college or another university must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average in order to apply.
For more information about the Weber Honors College:
last updated: 7/21/2017