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Program: B.S., Public Health

Program Description

The B.S. in Public Health program serves students who are interested in pursuing careers in public health. The program prepares students to plan, implement and evaluate health and human service programs and to work in the field of public health. Graduates of this program are employed by public and private health and human service agencies (city, county, state and national), hospitals, schools, corporations, and nonprofit and professional consulting organizations.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (20 units)

BIOL 101 General Biology (3)
BIOL 101L General Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 281 Human Physiology (3)
CHEM 100 Principles of Chemistry (3)
MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)
PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC 150 Introductory Sociology (3)

2. Upper Division Health Sciences Department Core (7 units)

HSCI 390/L Biostatistics and Lab (3/1)
HSCI 488 Epidemiology: Study of Disease (3)

3. Required Public Health Core Courses (36 units)

ENGL 306 Report Writing (3)
EOH 353 Global Perspectives of Environmental Health (3)
HSCI 314 Organization and Delivery of Health Services (3)
HSCI 331 Public Health Education (3)
HSCI 345 Public Health Issues (3)
HSCI 391 Computer Applications in Health Science (3)
HSCI 431 Health Behavior (3)
HSCI 437 Strategies for Making Health Decisions (3)
HSCI 439 Community Health Action (3)
HSCI 441 Community Health Education (3)
HSCI 445 Program Evaluation for Health Education (3)
HSCI 494PH Academic Internship for Public Health (2)
HSCI 494IPH Academic Internship Evaluation in Public Health (1)

4. Health Sciences Electives (12 units)

Select up to 12 units from the following, with Public Health advisor approval:

HSCI 231 Women and Health (3)
HSCI 335 Holistic Health (3)
HSCI 336 Health Aspects of Drug Use (3)
HSCI 337 Nutrition and Health (3)
HSCI 433 Counseling of Health Problems (3)
HSCI 434 Lactation Education: Prenatal and Perinatal Period (3)
HSCI 435 Health Science for Children and Youth (3)
HSCI 436 Health Concerns of Adolescents (3)
HSCI 438 International Health (3)
HSCI 440 Family Health (3)
HSCI 442 Health, Culture, and Diversity (3)
HSCI 446 Lactation Education: Postpartum Period (3)

5. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
18 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: CHEM 100 satisfies B1 Physical Science; BIOL 101 satisfies B2 Life Science; BIOL 101L satisfies B3 Science Laboratory Activity; MATH 140 satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; PSY 150 and HSCI 345 satisfy D1 Social Sciences; and ENGL 306 satisfies E Lifelong Learning.

Total Units in the Major: 75

General Education Units: 30

Additional Units: 15

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120


Department of Health Sciences
Chair: Louis Rubino
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2500
(818) 677-4081

Program Coordinator: Bethany Rainisch
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 3533
(818) 677-2341

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon degree completion, BSPH graduates will have the knowledge and skills to address the following nine Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) Bachelor’s Public Health Domains:

  1. Overview of Public Health: Address the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts and functions across the globe and in society.
  2. Role and Importance of Data in Public Health: Address the basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
  3. Identifying and Addressing Population Health Challenges: Address the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
  4. Human Health: Address the underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
  5. Determinants of Health: Address the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
  6. Project Implementation: Address the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment and evaluation.
  7. Overview of the Health System: Address the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as to the differences in systems in other countries.
  8. Health Policy, Law, Ethics, and Economics: Address the basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.
  9. Health Communications: Address the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.