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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health BS

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Want to make a big impact? Then let’s talk about public health, where you can help entire communities become safer and healthier. How? By proactively reducing environmental risk factors, focusing on the root causes of diseases and injuries, and encouraging community-wide healthy behaviors. As one of our students said, “you’re affecting people at a population level, instead of waiting for someone to come with you with a specific issue.” So stop waiting-and keep reading.

Visit the Public Health academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Public Health department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current students wishing to pursue the Public Health BS must follow the instructions on the School of Public Health and Health Professions change of major form.

Course Requirements

Two 200-level PUB courses

  • PUB courses numbered 200-279
  • 6 credits minimum

Three 300/400-level PUB courses

  • PUB courses numbered 340-370 or 400-480
  • 9 credits minimum

Total Credits Required for Major: 60

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Minimum major GPA of 2.500 required to complete the Public Health BS degree.All Public Health students are academically reviewed at the end of each semester after grades are posted. Academic review standards are as follows:

  • Minimum UB GPA of 2.000
  • Minimum major GPA of 2.500

Students identified after academic review each semester who do not meet these requirements will be notified via their UB Email account. The first semester that students receive a warning notification they will be mandated to make an advising appointment before registering for next semester’s classes (enforced with a hold). Second semester of not meeting criteria will mandate that the student attend an SPHHP sponsored workshop on academic improvement and mandate them to meet with an academic advisor (enforced with service indicator). When a student is identified with 3 semesters of academic warning the student will be removed from the major. Academic reviews are conducted following Fall and Spring semesters only. Courses repeated during the winter and/or summer are not factored into the review.

Students who are academic dismissed from the Public Health BS major have one (1) opportunity to appeal to the program director.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 14 or 15

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

  • PUB 200-Level Elective Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy 1 Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

  • PUB 300/400 Elective Credits: 3
  • PUB 300/400 Elective Credits: 3
  • 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 11

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Public Health -Explain the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.
  • Role and Importance of Data in Public Health -Explain and utilize the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and explain why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
  • Identify and Address Population Health Challenges -Identify and design plans to address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations using the basic processes, approaches, and interventions of population health.
  • Human Health -Describe how the underlying science of human health and disease is necessary to provide opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
  • Determinants of Health -Explain the relevance of the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, cultural, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities and utilize those elements to explain and design plans to address public health problems.
  • Project Implementation -Demonstrate use of the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation to conduct public health interventions.
  • Health Systems -Explain the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as the similarities and differences in systems of other countries.
  • Health Policy, Law, Ethics and Economics - Explain basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, including applying those concepts to public health issues. Explain the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.
  • Health Communication -Demonstrate proficiency in the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.


(HEGIS: 12.14 PUBLIC HEALTH, CIP51.2201 Public Health, General (MPH, DPH))


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