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 created 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 students 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 Number of Hours Required for Graduation: 120 (from freshman through senior year)
  • Total Number of  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.


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.