Program Overview

Bachelor of Public Health


Infographic describing the program: Apply to the program for acceptance in 2nd year; 120 total hours required to complete degree (all 4 years); 60 hours of coursework greater than or equal to 3000-level in the 3rd and 4th years; 3000 and 4000-level coursework taken prior to entering the BPH program will count toward the required 60 hours; 1000 & 2000-level coursework taken while in the BPH program will not count toward the required 60 hours.

The College of Public Health and Health Professions is pleased you are interested in our Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program.  Designed as a pre-professional major, the BPH program is designed primarily for students who want to pursue advanced degree work in public health or a related field.   It is also appropriate for those who want to acquire foundational public health knowledge before continuing on to graduate or professional school.

Our program is limited access which requires student  to apply to the program in their sophomore year. If accepted, students will have the opportunity to enroll in a specialized curriculum while continuing to complete their prerequisite coursework for graduate school.

  • Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Public Health (BPH)
  • Total # Hours Required for Graduation: 120 (from freshman through senior year)
  • Total # Hours Required in the Junior-Senior Year: 60 semester credits of 3000-level coursework or higher. 2000-level courses taken in the junior-senior years do not count toward the 60 semester credits of required junior-senior level coursework. Conversely, 3000 & 4000-level coursework taken prior to entering the BPH program will count toward the required 60 credits.

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Infographic: BPH Program Semester Credits: Year 1 and Year 2: Courses at ≥ 3000-level count toward 60 upper- level semester credits. Apply for acceptance to the BPH program during second year. Year 3 and Year 4: 60 semester credits of ≥ 3000-level coursework Only courses at ≥ 3000-level count toward BPH degree. Courses below 3000-level do NOT count toward BPH degree. 120 semester credits required for graduation.

Pie chart showing breakout of 36 core class credits; 6 to 9 college approved elective credits; and 15 to 18 upper division general elective credits.


The BPH is designed to provide students with foundational skills for both individual and community based health care.

Students gain foundational public health knowledge before continuing on to graduate or professional school in public health or another health care discipline or working in a health setting.

Educational Goals

Upon completion of the degree program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. health care system and the role of the health professional in this system.
  2. Understand and comprehensively describe various disabilities and factors affecting their management.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of disease and disability on the health of populations.
  4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of core bioethical and legal principles impacting contemporary health issues.
  5. Develop appropriate professional behaviors and leadership skills for careers in health care.
  6. Critically evaluate the empirical bases of practice in public health.
  7. Acquire fundamental knowledge of common public health issues and interventions.
  8. Gain appreciation of the impact of health issues across the globe.
  9. Participate in community public health services.
  10. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and social responsibility.
  11. Develop the foundational public health knowledge, skills, and values to be prepared to enter graduate level public health programs or other graduate and professional health care programs.