Public Health, BS
Director: Hyeyoung Oh Nelson, Assistant Professor
Office: North Classroom 3031
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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 BS program develop a specialty in the natural sciences and public health. Graduates with a BS in Public Health will be prepared for pursuit of graduate degrees in a broad range of fields, including the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, public health, law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, business administration, and health services research. The program is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in public health, as well as primary care specialties in medicine, nursing, or health policy and administration.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 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 Degree Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Degree Requirements
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- Students must complete a total of 73 credit hours from approved courses.
- Students must complete a minimum of 16 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours from approved courses.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the major 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. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to major requirements.
- 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.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- PHYS 2321 Intro Experimental Phys Lab I and PHYS 2341 Intro Experimental Phys Lab II are specifically designed for students in non-Physics majors and can be paired with either PHYS 2010 College Physics I and PHYS 2020 College Physics II or PHYS 2311 General Physics I: Calculus-Based and PHYS 2331 General Physics II: Calculus-Based lectures. Students pursuing a second major in Physics should complete PHYS 2311 General Physics I: Calculus-Based and PHYS 2331 General Physics II: Calculus-Based and PHYS 2351 Applied Physics Lab I and PHYS 2361 Applied Physics Lab II.
|Complete the following program requirements:||73|
|Complete all of the following required courses:||23|
A minimum of five must be taken at the University of Colorado Denver.
|Introduction to Public Health|
|Introduction to Epidemiology|
|Introduction to Environmental Health|
|Perspectives in Global Health|
|Social Determinants of Health|
|Capstone Experience in Public Health|
|Complete one of the following Quantitative Methods courses, or another statistics course that has been approved by the undergraduate program director/advisor in advance:||3|
|Quantitative Methods in Anthropology|
|Statistics and Research Methods|
|Complete the following Biological and Physical Sciences requirements:||41|
|Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)|
or BIOL 2030
|Honors Organisms to Ecosystems (Gen Bio)|
|Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)|
or BIOL 2031
|Honors Organisms to Ecosystems Lab (Gen Bio)|
|Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)|
or BIOL 2040
|Honors Molecules to Cells (Gen Bio)|
|Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)|
or BIOL 2041
|Honors Molecules to Cells Lab (Gen Bio)|
|General Chemistry I|
or CHEM 2081
|Honors General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry Laboratory I|
or CHEM 2088
|Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory|
|General Chemistry II|
or CHEM 2091
|Honors General Chemistry II Lecture|
|General Chemistry Laboratory II|
or CHEM 2098
|Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory|
|Organic Chemistry I|
or CHEM 3481
|Majors Organic Chemistry I|
|Organic Chemistry Lab I|
or CHEM 3488
|Majors Organic Chemistry Laboratory I|
|Organic Chemistry II|
or CHEM 3491
|Majors Organic Chemistry II|
|Organic Chemistry Lab II|
or CHEM 3498
|Majors Organic Chemistry Laboratory II|
|College Physics I|
or PHYS 2311
|General Physics I: Calculus-Based|
|College Physics II|
or PHYS 2331
|General Physics II: Calculus-Based|
|Intro Experimental Phys Lab I|
|Intro Experimental Phys Lab II|
|Complete three credits (1 course) of PBHL electives.||3|
|Complete three additional PBHL elective credits, or choose one of the following pre-approved electives from another department, or another course that has been approved by the undergraduate program director/advisor in advance:||3|
|Medical Anthropology: Global Health|
|Global Health Practice|
|Anthropology and Public Health|
|Health Communication and Community|
|Rhetorics of Medicine & Health|
|Designing Health Messages|
|Health Risk Communication|
|Environment, Society and Sustainability|
|Ethnicity, Health and Social Justice|
|Geography of Health|
|Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment|
|GIS Applications in the Health Sciences|
|Introduction to Health Humanities|
|Death & Dying: Social & Medical Perspectives|
|Gender, Science, and Medicine: 1600 to the Present|
|Medicine, Health Care, and Justice: Bioethics|
|Women's Rights, Human Rights: Global Perspectives|
|U.S. Health Policy|
|Drugs, Brain and Behavior|
|Aging, Brain and Behavior|
|Death & Dying: Social & Medical Perspectives|
|Sociology of Health Care|
|Population Change and Analysis|
|Aging, Society and Social Policy|
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