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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) together created the undergraduate Public Health program. Public health professionals work to protect the environment, identify sources of illness in population groups, control disease outbreaks, evaluate the economic ramifications of changing demographics, develop interventions to promote healthy behavior and produce health policy legislation. Public health draws from a broad array of disciplines, including a range of social, behavioral, and natural sciences, each provides unique insights for the diverse set of activities involved in public health practice.
Students in the BA program develop a specialty in the social sciences and public health. Graduates with a BA in Public Health will be prepared for pursuit of graduate degrees in a broad range of fields, including the social and behavioral sciences, public health, law, social work, business administration, and health services research. The program is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in public health, as well as health policy and administration.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a total of 43 credit hours, including a minimum of 29 PBHL credit hours and a minimum of 11 credit hours in ancillary coursework.
- Students must complete a minimum of 16 upper-division (3000-level and above) PBHL credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete a minimum of 26 PBHL credit hours with CU Denver faculty, including a minimum of 5 of the following PBHL 2001 Introduction to Public Health, PBHL 3001 Introduction to Epidemiology, PBHL 3020 Introduction to Environmental Health,PBHL 3030 Health Policy, PBHL 3070 Perspectives in Global Health, PBHL 4040 Social Determinants of Health or PBHL 4099 Capstone Experience in Public Health.
|Take all of the following.||23|
|A minimum of five must be taken at the University of Colorado Denver.|
|PBHL 2001||Introduction to Public Health||4|
|PBHL 3020||Introduction to Environmental Health||3|
|PBHL 3001||Introduction to Epidemiology||4|
|PBHL 3030||Health Policy||3|
|PBHL 3070||Perspectives in Global Health||3|
|PBHL 4040||Social Determinants of Health||3|
|PBHL 4099||Capstone Experience in Public Health||3|
|Take one of the following Quantitative Methods courses, or another statistics course that has been approved by the undergraduate program director/advisor in advance:||3-4|
|ANTH 4050||Quantitative Methods in Anthropology||3|
|MATH 2830||Introductory Statistics||3|
|MATH 4830||Applied Statistics||3|
|PSYC 2090||Statistics and Research Methods||4|
Public Health Electives
|Take six credits of PBHL electives from the following list:||6|
|PBHL 2052||Global Demography and Health||3|
|PBHL 3002||Ethnicity, Health and Social Justice||3|
|PBHL 3010||Human Sexuality and Public Health||3|
|PBHL 3021||Fundamentals of Health Promotion||3|
|PBHL 3031||Health, Human Biology and Behavior||3|
|PBHL 3041||Health, Culture and Society||3|
|PBHL 3050||Decision Making||3|
|PBHL 3051||Mental Illness and Society||3|
|PBHL 3071||Global Topics In Sexual and Reproductive Health||3|
|PBHL 3081||Health in the City: Urban Health||3|
|PBHL 3091||Live Long and Prosper: Public Health & Aging||3|
|PBHL 3200||Human Migration: Nomads, Sojourners, and Settlers||3|
|PBHL 3440||Medical Sociology||3|
|PBHL 3999||Special Topics in Public Health||1-4|
|PBHL 4020||Global Health: Comparative Public Health Systems||3|
|PBHL 4021||Community Health Assessment||3|
|PBHL 4031||Ethnographic Research In Public Health||3|
|PBHL 4060||Evolutionary Medicine||3|
|PBHL 4080||Global Health Practice||3|
|PBHL 4090||Drug Syndemic||3|
|PBHL 4110||Public Health Perspectives On Family Violence||3|
|PBHL 4200||The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic||3|
|PBHL 4840||Independent Study||1-4|
|PBHL 4880||Directed Research||1-6|
|PBHL 4999||Topics in Public Health||4|
|Take three elective credits from either the PBHL list (above) or the following list:||3|
|ANTH 4010||Medical Anthropology: Global Health||3|
|ANTH 4080||Global Health Practice||3|
|ANTH/PBHL 4090||Drug Syndemic||3|
|ANTH 4290||Anthropology and Public Health||3|
|ANTH 4600||Medical Anthropology||3|
|COMM 4500||Health Communication||3|
|COMM 4525||Health Communication and Community||3|
|COMM 4550||Rhetorics of Medicine & Health||3|
|COMM 4575||Designing Health Messages||3|
|COMM 4620||Health Risk Communication||3|
|ECON 4660||Health Economics.||3|
|ENVS 1342||Environment, Society and Sustainability||3|
|ETST 3002||Ethnicity, Health and Social Justice||3|
|GEOG 3501||Geography of Health||3|
|GEOG 4230||Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment||3|
|GEOG 4235||GIS Applications in the Health Sciences||3|
|HEHM 3100||Introduction to Health Humanities||3|
|HEHM 3570||Death & Dying: Social & Medical Perspectives||3|
|HIST 4345||Gender, Science, and Medicine: 1600 to the Present||3|
|PSCI 4215||Women's Rights, Human Rights: Global Perspectives||3|
|PSCI 4330||U.S. Health Policy||3|
|PSYC 3262||Health Psychology||3|
|PSYC 3265||Drugs, Brain and Behavior||3|
|PSYC 3305||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSYC 3822||Aging, Brain and Behavior||3|
|SOCY 3440||Medical Sociology||3|
|SOCY 3570||Death & Dying: Social & Medical Perspectives||3|
|SOCY 4110||Sociology of Health Care||3|
|SOCY 4220||Population Change and Analysis||3|
|SOCY 4290||Aging, Society and Social Policy||3|
Biological Sciences Ancillary Courses
|Complete one of the following options.||8|
|Take two of the following||8|
|BIOL 1550||Basic Biology: Ecology and the Diversity of Life||4|
|BIOL 1560||Basic Biology: From Cells to Organisms||4|
|ANTH 1303||Introduction to Biological Anthropology||4|
|Take the following||8|
|BIOL 2010||Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)||3|
|or BIOL 2030||Honors Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)|
|BIOL 2011||Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)||1|
|or BIOL 2031||Honors Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)|
|BIOL 2020||Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)||3|
|or BIOL 2040||Honors Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)|
|BIOL 2021||Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)||1|
|or BIOL 2041||Honors Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)|
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our website.
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