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

Public Health BS/MPH

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Admission Criteria

  • Overall minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.250
  • Overall minimum GPA in BS in Public Health courses (PUB-prefix courses) of 3.250
  • Completed or currently enrolled in the 5 core curriculum 300-level courses with a letter grade of A or A- in each course
  • PUB 310, PUB 315,  PUB 320, PUB 325 and PUB 330 must be completed with a grade of A or A- before you begin the MPH

Current students wishing to pursue this major must follow the instructions on the School of Public Health and Health Professions admissions page.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

Two 200-level PUB Courses

  • PUB courses numbered 200-279
  • 6 credits minimum

MPH Core Courses (25 credits)

  • CHB 501 - Study of Health Behavior
  • EEH 501 - Principles of Epidemiology
  • EEH 520 - Biological Basis of Public Health
  • EEH 530 - Introduction to Health Care Organization
  • EEH 550 - Environmental Health
  • CHB 590/EEH 590 Leadership, Collaboration and Negotiation in Public Health (1 cr. per semester, students take 3 cr. total)
    • Students take CHB 590 for 1 spring semester
    • Students take EEH 590 for 2 fall semesters
  • CHB/EEH/STA 544 - Field Training 
  • CHB/EEH/STA 630 - Culminating Project

Additional Courses Based on selected MPH Concentration (19-24 credits)

Biostatistics Concentration Courses (22 credits)

  • STA 502 - Introduction to Statistical Inference
  • STA 503 - Introduction to Applied Statistics I
  • STA 504 - Introduction to Applied Statistics II
  • Biostatistics Elective Courses (12 credits, from STA)

Community Health and Health Behavior Concentration Courses (22 credits)

  • STA 527 - Statistical Analysis I
  • CHB 502 - Health Behavior Change
  • CHB 505 - Applied Statistics for Public Health
  • CHB 523 - Introduction to Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Community Health and Health Behavior Concentration Elective Courses (9 credits, from CHB)

Environmental Health Concentration Courses (21 credits)

  • STA 527 - Statistical Analysis I
  • EEH 551 - Advanced Environmental Health Sciences
  • PMY 626 - Toxicology Principles and Practice
  • PMY 627 - Toxicology at Target Organs
  • Environmental Health Concentration Elective Courses (9 credits, from EEH)


Epidemiology Concentration Courses (24 credits)

  • STA 527LEC - Statistical Analysis I
  • EEH 502 - Advanced Methodology
  • EEH 506 - Application of Biostatistics to Epidemiology II
  • EEH 573 - Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology Elective Courses (9 credits, from EEH)

Health Services Administration Concentration Courses (credits)

  • STA 527 - Statistical Analysis I
  • EEH 538 - Introduction to Health Economics
  • EEH 536 - Health Policy in the United States
  • Health Services Administration EEH Elective Courses (12 credits, from EEH)

Individualized MPH Concentration Courses (19 credits)

  • STA 527 - Statistical Analysis I
  • CHB 505 - Applied Statistics for Public Health
  • CHB 625 - Health Disparities
  • Individualized MPH Elective Courses (9 credits, from EEH/CHB/STA)


Students in the 3 + 2 BS/MPH program substitute graduate-level MPH courses for the three 300/400-level PUB courses (9 credits) and the PUB 494: Capstone course.

The following undergraduate course are highly recommended for Public Health BS/MPH combined degree students:

  • One general biology course
  • One health related science course (e.g., nutrition, anatomy, microbiology, or physiology)
  • One college level mathematics course (e.g., calculus or statistics; calculus is preferred for students concentrating in epidemiology) and at least two years of high school algebra
  • One year of college level chemistry
  • Two courses in behavioral sciences, including a course in sociology or social psychology, and a course in subjects such as nthropology, psychology, political science or economics

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 47

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements.
  • 28 undergraduate elective credits.

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 107

Total Credits Required for Graduate Degree: 44-49

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 151-156

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 Public Health BS major GPA of 2.500 required to complete the Public Health BS degree.All Public Health undergraduate 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: 18

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 18

Second Year Fall

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

Total Credits: 18

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 19

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 18

Fourth Year Fall

  • CHB 501LEC - Study of Health Behavior Credits: 3
  • STA 527LEC - Statistical Analysis I Credits: 3
  • EEH 501LEC - Principles of Epidemiology Credits: 4
  • STA 527REC - Statistical Analysis I Credits: 1
  • EEH 530LEC - Intro to Health Care Credits: 3
  • One concentration-required course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 17

Fourth Year Spring

  • EEH 590 Leadership, Collaboration and Negotiation in Public Health Credits: 1
  • CHB 507SEM Public Health Professionalism Credits: 1
  • EEH 550LEC Environmental Health Credits: 3
  • One concentration-required course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 14

Fifth Year Fall

  • One concentration-required course or elective Credits: 3
  • EEH 590 - Leadership, Collaboration and Negotiation in Public Health Credits: 2
  • XXX 544 Field Training Credits: 3

Total Credits: 8

Fifth Year Spring

  • EEH 520LEC - Biological Basis Public Health Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • XXX 630 Culminating Project Credits: 3

Total Credits: 9

Total Credits Required: 155

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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