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All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science’s (HWSPH) mission is to improve health through both clinical care and research. Studies undertaken by the school’s members focus on behavioral and clinical research, clinical care, education, and epidemiology. HWSPH has a significant education mission, offering undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in public health, as well as masters and doctoral degrees programs in biostatistics, and a self-funded master of advanced studies (MAS) in leadership of healthcare organizations. It has a major role in teaching in the School of Medicine curriculum, and hosts four separate medical residencies in Family Medicine, Family Medicine-Psychiatry, and Preventive Medicine. In addition, the school is home to multiple research training programs including a T32 in CVD Epidemiology and Prevention and a T32 in Improving the Health of Aging Women and Men.

The Undergraduate Program in Public Health

The Student Affairs Office of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Program is located at UCtr 202, Suite 400. The entrance is located on the southern side of the building, adjacent to Gilman Drive. You can find us through the UC San Diego UCtr 202 Google Maps link.

The BSPH Program website is http://ph.ucsd.edu/undergrad/index.html.

Introduction

Public health seeks to improve human health through the development and application of scientific knowledge that helps prevent disease, protects the public from exposure to potential harm, and promotes health throughout communities at the local, national, and global levels.

The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science (HWSPH) offers courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental and occupational health sciences, and health policy. The epidemiology and biostatistics areas offer courses on the determinants and distribution of disease at the population level with a focus on analyzing and interpreting public health data using statistical methods. The social and behavioral sciences area offers courses for students interested in how behaviors influence disease. The environmental and occupational health sciences area offers courses on the study of environmental and occupational factors, including biological, physical, and chemical factors that affect the health of a workforce and the community. The health policy area emphasizes the structure, process, and outcomes of health services and policies that are commonly used to motivate people to healthier lifestyles.

Degrees offered include:

  • BS in public health
  • BS in public health with concentration in biostatistics
  • BS in public health with concentration in climate and environmental sciences
  • BS in public health with concentration in community health sciences
  • BS in public health with concentration in epidemiology
  • BS in public health with concentration in health policy and management sciences
  • BS in public health with concentration in medicine sciences

Entry to the Major

All BSPH majors are capped. To prepare students for success in upper-division courses, the faculty in the BSPH program have determined that students who want to declare a major in public health must first meet the criterion outlined below:

Completion of FMPH 40 “Introduction to Public Health” with a grade of B– or higher.

Students must use the Major/Minor tool on TritonLink to request entrance to the major in public health. Students will receive approval to declare the major only after the BSPH program has completed the review process to ensure the above criterion has been met and the FMPH 40 grade is posted on the student’s academic history.

For additional details about entrance to the major in public health, see the program’s website.

BS in Public Health

Lower-Division Requirements (thirty-two or thirty-three units)

Public Health Sciences (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 40. Introduction to Public Health
  • FMPH 50. Primary Care and Public Health

Biology (three courses, twelve units)

  • Option 1: BILD 1, BILD 2, and BILD 3
  • Option 2: BILD 3 PLUS two from BILD 10, BILD 12/COGS 17, BILD 20, BILD 22, BILD 26, BILD 30

Quantitative Methods (one course, four or five units)

  • Option 1: MATH 11
  • Option 2: PSYC 60
  • Option 3: COGS 14B

Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (two courses, eight units)

  • ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-two units)

Core Disciplines (six courses, twenty-four units)

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics
  • FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases
  • FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
  • FMPH 130. Environmental and Occupational Health
  • USP 143. The US Health-Care System

Upper-Division Electives (five courses, twenty units)

A minimum of one course from the following:

  • FMPH 140-179, FMPH 180A, FMPH 191, FMPH 195, FMPH 196A, FMPH 199

Students may petition to use AIP 197, UCCS, or a Study Abroad experience (must be an upper-division four-unit course and have been preapproved by the department).

Four additional courses from either those listed above or those listed below:

  • ANBI 130, ANSC 101, ANSC 105, ANSC 105GS, ANSC 106, ANSC 106GS, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 146, ANSC 147, ANSC 148, ANSC 150, ANSC 164, ANSC 190GS, BIBC 100, BIBC 102, BIBC 103, BIBC 120, BICD 100, BICD 110, BICD 136, BICD 140, BIEB 152, BIMM 100, BIMM 110, BIMM 120, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, BIPN 100, BIPN 108, BIPN 134, COGS 174, COGS 174GS, COMM 102C, COMM 114J, ECON 125, ECON 130, ECON 131, ECON 140, ECON 141, ENVR 110, ESYS 101, ESYS 103, ETHN 103, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 190, GLBH 100, GLBH 101, GLBH 105, GLBH 110, GLBH 111, GLBH 113, GLBH 142, GLBH 146, GLBH 147, GLBH 148, GLBH 181, HISC 115, HISC 116, HISC 180, LTCS 165, MATH 111A, MATH 111B, MATH 181A, MATH 181B, MATH 181C, MATH 181E, MATH 183, MATH 185, MATH 186, MATH 189, MGT 173, PHIL 163, POLI 125B, POLI 160AA, POLI 168, PSYC 101, PSYC 104, PSYC 134, PSYC 155, PSYC 168, PSYC 173, PSYC 179, PSYC 181, PSYC 181GS, PSYC 188, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SIO 116, SIO 116GS, SIO 118GS, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 102, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 107, SOCI 108, SOCI 113, SOCI 134, SOCI 135, SOCI 136F, SOCI 137, SOCI 152, USP 101, USP 133, USP 136, USP 141A, USP 141B, USP 144, USP 145, USP 146, USP 147, USP 149, USP 171

Capstone Experience (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 193. Public Health Capstone I or FMPH 196B. Public Health Honors Practicum II
  • FMPH 194. Public Health Capstone II or FMPH 196C. Public Health Honors Practicum III

Additional Requirements

  • Students who want to declare a major in public health must first complete FMPH 40 with a grade of B– or higher before declaring the major.
  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego.
  • All lower-division and upper-division major courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 199, which may be taken P/NP only.
  • A minimum grade of C– is required in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of lower-division and upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units between AIP 197 and FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of GLBH 111 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than six units of COMM 102C may be used to meet UD major requirements

BSPH Sample Four-Year Plan

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

SBE

BILD 3

COGS 14B/ PSYC 60/ MATH 11

SBE

Year 2

BILD

FMPH 40

BILD

FMPH 50/110

FMPH 50/110

Year 3

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 120/130

UDE

USP 143

UDE

Year 4

FMPH 120/130

FMPH 193

FMPH 194

FMPH UDE

UDE

UDE

NOTE:
SBE: Lower-division social and behavioral science elective
UDE: Upper-division public health elective

BS in Public Health with Concentration in Biostatistics

Lower-Division Requirements (fifty-three units)

Public Health Sciences (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 40. Introduction to Public Health
  • FMPH 50. Primary Care and Public Health

Biology (three courses, twelve units)

  • BILD 1, BILD 2, and BILD 3

Computer Programming (one course, four units)

  • CSE 6, CSE 6R, CSE 8A, CSE 8B, CSE 11, CSE 180, CSE 180R, ECE 15

Formal Skills and Quantitative Methods (five courses, twenty-one units)

  • MATH 20A-B-C, MATH 11, MATH 18

Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (two courses, eight units)

  • ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-two units)

Core Disciplines (six courses, twenty-four units)

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics
  • FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases
  • FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
  • FMPH 130. Environmental and Occupational Health
  • USP 143. The US Health-Care System

Upper-Division Electives (five courses, twenty units)

A minimum of one course from the following: 

  • FMPH 140-179, FMPH 180A, FMPH 191, FMPH 195, FMPH 196A, FMPH 199

Students may petition to use AIP 197, UCCS, or a Study Abroad experience (must be an upper-division four-unit course and have been preapproved by the department).

Two statistical analysis courses from the following:

  • MATH 102, MATH 109, MATH 111A, MATH 111B, MATH 140A, MATH 140B, MATH 140C, MATH 170A, MATH 170B, MATH 180A, MATH 180B, MATH 180C, MATH 181A, MATH 181B, MATH 181C, MATH 181E, MATH 183, MATH 185, MATH 186, MATH 189

Two additional courses from either those listed above or those listed below:

  • ANBI 130, ANSC 101, ANSC 105, ANSC 105GS, ANSC 106, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 146, ANSC 147, ANSC 148, ANSC 150, ANSC 164, ANSC 190GS, BIBC 100, BIBC 102, BIBC 103, BIBC 120, BICD 100, BICD 110, BICD 136, BICD 140, BIEB 152, BIMM 100, BIMM 110, BIMM 120, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, BIPN 100, BIPN 108, BIPN 134, COGS 174, COGS 174GS, COMM 102C, COMM 114J, ECON 125, ECON 130, ECON 131, ECON 140, ECON 141, ENVR 110, ESYS 101, ESYS 103, ETHN 103, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 190, GLBH 100, GLBH 101, GLBH 105, GLBH 110, GLBH 111, GLBH 113, GLBH 142, GLBH 146, GLBH 147, GLBH 148, GLBH 181, HISC 115, HISC 116, HISC 180, LTCS 165, MGT 173, PHIL 163, POLI 125B, POLI 160AA, POLI 168, PSYC 101, PSYC 104, PSYC 134, PSYC 155, PSYC 168, PSYC 173, PSYC 179, PSYC 181, PSYC 181GS, PSYC 188, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SIO 116, SIO 116GS, SIO 118GS, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 102, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 107, SOCI 108, SOCI 113, SOCI 134, SOCI 135, SOCI 136F, SOCI 137, SOCI 152, USP 101, USP 129, USP 133, USP 136, USP 141A, USP 141B, USP 144, USP 145, USP 146, USP 147, USP 149, USP 171

Capstone Experience (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 193. Public Health Capstone I or FMPH 196B. Public Health Honors Practicum II
  • FMPH 194. Public Health Capstone II or FMPH 196C. Public Health Honors Practicum III

Additional Requirements

  • Students who want to declare a major in public health must first complete FMPH 40 with a grade of B– or higher before declaring the major.
  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego.
  • All lower-division and upper-division major courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 199, which may be taken P/NP only.
  • A minimum grade of C– is required in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of lower-division and upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units between AIP 197 and FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of GLBH 111 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than six units of COMM 102C may be used to meet UD major requirements.

BSPH with Concentration in Biostatistics Sample Four-Year Plan

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

MATH 20A

MATH 20B

MATH 20C

SBE

MATH 18

SBE

Year 2

BILD 1

BILD 2

BILD 3

MATH 11

FMPH 40

FMPH 50/110

FMPH 50/110

Computer Programming

Year 3

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 120/130

Concentration UDE

USP 143

Concentration UDE

Year 4

FMPH 120/130

FMPH 193

FMPH 194

FMPH UDE

UDE

UDE

NOTE:
SBE: Lower-division social and behavioral science elective
UDE: Upper-division public health elective

BS in Public Health with Concentration in Climate and Environmental Sciences

Lower-Division Requirements (fifty-three units)

Public Health Sciences (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 40. Introduction to Public Health
  • FMPH 50. Primary Care and Public Health

Biology (three courses, twelve units)

  • BILD 1, BILD 2, and BILD 3

Chemistry (three courses, twelve units)

  • CHEM 6A-B-C

Formal Skills and Quantitative Methods (three courses, thirteen units)

  • MATH 10A/20A, MATH 10B/20B, MATH 11

Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (two courses, eight units)

  • ECON 1, ECON 2, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, USP 2

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-two units)

Core Disciplines (six courses, twenty-four units)

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics
  • FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases
  • FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
  • FMPH 130. Environmental and Occupational Health
  • USP 143. The US Health-Care System

Upper-Division Electives (five courses, twenty units)

A minimum of one course from the following: 

  • FMPH 140-179, FMPH 180A, FMPH 191, FMPH 195, FMPH 196A, FMPH 199

Students may petition to use AIP 197, UCCS, or a Study Abroad experience (must be an upper-division four-unit course and have been preapproved by the department).

Two climate and environmental sciences courses from the following:

  • ANSC 147, BIEB 152, ECON 130, ECON 131, ENVR 110, ESYS 101, ESYS 103, ETHN 103, FMPH 171, GLBH 110, GLBH 113, GLBH 147, POLI 125B, SIO 116, SIO 116GS, SIO 118GS, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 108, USP 146, USP 147, USP 171

Two additional courses from either those listed above or those listed below:

  • ANBI 130, ANSC 101, ANSC 105, ANSC 105GS, ANSC 106, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 146, ANSC 148, ANSC 150, ANSC 164, ANSC 190GS, BIBC 100, BIBC 102, BIBC 103, BIBC 120, BICD 100, BICD 110, BICD 136, BICD 140, BIMM 100, BIMM 110, BIMM 120, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, BIPN 100, BIPN 108, BIPN 134, COGS 174, COGS 174GS, COMM 102C, COMM 114J, ECON 125, ECON 140, ECON 141, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 190, GLBH 100, GLBH 101, GLBH 105, GLBH 111, GLBH 142, GLBH 146, GLBH 148, GLBH 181, HISC 115, HISC 116, HISC 180, LTCS 165, MATH 111A, MATH 111B, MATH 181A, MATH 181B, MATH 181C, MATH 181E, MATH 183, MATH 185, MATH 186, MATH 189, MGT 173, PHIL 163, POLI 160AA, POLI 168, PSYC 101, PSYC 104, PSYC 134, PSYC 155, PSYC 168, PSYC 173, PSYC 179, PSYC 181, PSYC 181GS, PSYC 188, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SOCI 102, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 107, SOCI 113, SOCI 134, SOCI 135, SOCI 136F, SOCI 137, SOCI 152, USP 101, USP 129, USP 133, USP 136, USP 141A, USP 141B, USP 144, USP 145, USP 149

Capstone Experience (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 193. Public Health Capstone I or FMPH 196B. Public Health Honors Practicum II
  • FMPH 194. Public Health Capstone II or FMPH 196C. Public Health Honors Practicum III

Additional Requirements

  • Students who want to declare a major in public health must first complete FMPH 40 with a grade of B– or higher before declaring the major.
  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego.
  • All lower-division and upper-division major courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 199, which may be taken P/NP only.
  • A minimum grade of C– is required in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of lower-division and upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units between AIP 197 and FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of GLBH 111 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than six units of COMM 102C may be used to meet UD major requirements.

BSPH with Concentration in Climate and Environmental Sciences Sample Four-Year Plan

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

BILD 1

BILD 2

BILD 3

MATH 10A/20A

MATH 10B/20B

MATH 11

SBE

Year 2

CHEM 6A

CHEM 6B

CHEM 6C

SBE

FMPH 40

FMPH 50/110

FMPH 50/110

Year 3

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 120/130

Concentration UDE

USP 143

Concentration UDE

Year 4

FMPH 120/130

FMPH 193

FMPH 194

FMPH UDE

UDE

UDE

NOTE:
SBE: Lower-division social and behavioral science elective
UDE: Upper-division public health elective

BS in Public Health with Concentration in Community Health Sciences

Lower-Division Requirements (thirty-two or thirty-three units)

Public Health Sciences (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 40. Introduction to Public Health
  • FMPH 50. Primary Care and Public Health

Biology (three courses, twelve units)

  • Option 1: BILD 1, BILD 2, and BILD 3
  • Option 2: BILD 3 PLUS two from BILD 10, BILD 12/COGS 17, BILD 20, BILD 22, BILD 26, BILD 30

Quantitative Methods (one course, four or five units)

  • Option 1: MATH 11
  • Option 2: PSYC 60
  • Option 3: COGS 14B

Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (two courses, eight units)

  • ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-two units)

Core Disciplines (six courses, twenty-four units)

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics
  • FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases
  • FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
  • FMPH 130. Environmental and Occupational Health
  • USP 143. The US Health-Care System

Upper-Division Electives (five courses, twenty units)

A minimum of one course from the following: 

  • FMPH 140-179, FMPH 180A, FMPH 191, FMPH 195, FMPH 196A, FMPH 199

Students may petition to use AIP 197, UCCS, or a Study Abroad experience (must be an upper-division four-unit course and have been preapproved by the department).

Two community health sciences courses from the following:

  • ANSC 101, ANSC 105, ANSC 105GS, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 146, ANSC 147, ANSC 148, ANSC 150, ANSC 190GS, BICD 136, BIPN 108, COGS 174, COGS 174GS, COMM 102C, ETHN 103, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 190, FMPH 155, FMPH 161, GLBH 101, GLBH 105, GLBH 110, GLBH 111, GLBH 113, GLBH 146, GLBH 147, GLBH 148, GLBH 181, LTCS 165, PSYC 155, PSYC 168, PSYC 173, PSYC 179, PSYC 181, PSYC 181GS, PSYC 188, SOCI 102, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 108, SOCI 113, SOCI 135, SOCI 136F, SOCI 137, USP 129, USP 136, USP 141A, USP 141B, USP 144, USP 145, USP 146, USP 147, USP 149

Two additional courses from either those listed above or those listed below:

  • ANBI 130, ANSC 106, ANSC 164, BIBC 100, BIBC 102, BIBC 103, BIBC 120, BICD 100, BICD 110, BICD 140, BIEB 152, BIMM 100, BIMM 110, BIMM 120, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, BIPN 100, BIPN 134, COMM 114J, ECON 125, ECON 130, ECON 131, ECON 140, ECON 141, ENVR 110, ESYS 101, ESYS 103, GLBH 100, GLBH 142, HISC 115, HISC 116, HISC 180, MATH 111A, MATH 111B, MATH 181A, MATH 181B, MATH 181C, MATH 181E, MATH 183, MATH 185, MATH 186, MATH 189, MGT 173, PHIL 163, POLI 125B, POLI 160AA, POLI 168, PSYC 101, PSYC 104, PSYC 134, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SIO 116, SIO 116GS, SIO 118GS, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 107, SOCI 134, SOCI 152, USP 101, USP 133, USP 171

Capstone Experience (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 193. Public Health Capstone I or FMPH 196B. Public Health Honors Practicum II
  • FMPH 194. Public Health Capstone II or FMPH 196C. Public Health Honors Practicum III

Additional Requirements

  • Students who want to declare a major in public health must first complete FMPH 40 with a grade of B– or higher before declaring the major.
  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego.
  • All lower-division and upper-division major courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 199, which may be taken P/NP only.
  • A minimum grade of C– is required in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of lower-division and upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units between AIP 197 and FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of GLBH 111 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than six units of COMM 102C may be used to meet UD major requirements.

BSPH with Concentration in Community Health Sciences Sample Four-Year Plan

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

SBE

BILD 3

COGS 14B/ PSYC 60/ MATH 11

SBE

Year 2

BILD

FMPH 40

BILD

FMPH 50/110

FMPH 50/110

Year 3

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 120/130

Concentration UDE

USP 143

Concentration UDE

Year 4

FMPH 120/130

FMPH 193

FMPH 194

FMPH UDE

UDE

UDE

NOTE:
SBE: Lower-division social and behavioral science elective
UDE: Upper-division public health elective

BS in Public Health with Concentration in Epidemiology

Lower-Division Requirements (thirty-two or thirty-three units)

Public Health Sciences (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 40. Introduction to Public Health
  • FMPH 50. Primary Care and Public Health

Biology (three courses, twelve units)

  • BILD 1, BILD 2, and BILD 3

Quantitative Methods (one course, four or five units)

  • Option 1: MATH 11
  • Option 2: PSYC 60
  • Option 3: COGS 14B

Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (two courses, eight units)

  • ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-two units)

Core Disciplines (six courses, twenty-four units)

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics
  • FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases
  • FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
  • FMPH 130. Environmental and Occupational Health
  • USP 143. The US Health-Care System

Upper-Division Electives (five courses, twenty units)

A minimum of one course from the following: 

  • FMPH 140-179, FMPH 180A, FMPH 191, FMPH 195, FMPH 196A, FMPH 199

Students may petition to use AIP 197, UCCS, or a Study Abroad experience (must be an upper-division four-unit course and have been preapproved by the department).

Two epidemiology courses from the following:

  • ANBI 130, ANSC 148, ANSC 150, ANSC 164, BICD 100, BICD 136, BICD 140, BIEB 152, BIMM 110, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, FMPH 171, GLBH 113, GLBH 142, GLBH 146, GLBH 148, GLBH 181, HISC 115, HISC 116, MATH 111A, MATH 111B, MATH 181A, MATH 181B, MATH 181C, MATH 183, MATH 185, MATH 186, MATH 189, PHIL 163, PSYC 134, PSYC 168, PSYC 179, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SOCI 108, SOCI 134, SOCI 136F, USP 144

Two additional courses from either those listed above or those listed below:

  • ANSC 101, ANSC 105, ANSC 105GS, ANSC 106, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 146, ANSC 147, ANSC 190GS, BIBC 100, BIBC 102, BIBC 103, BIBC 120, BICD 110, BIMM 100, BIMM 120, BIPN 100, BIPN 108, BIPN 134, COGS 174, COGS 174GS, COMM 102C, COMM 114J, ECON 125, ECON 130, ECON 131, ECON 140, ECON 141, ENVR 110, ESYS 101, ESYS 103, ETHN 103, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 190, GLBH 100, GLBH 101, GLBH 105, GLBH 110, GLBH 111, GLBH 147, HISC 180, LTCS 165, MATH 181E, MGT 173, POLI 125B, POLI 160AA, POLI 168, PSYC 101, PSYC 104, PSYC 155, PSYC 173, PSYC 181, PSYC 181GS, PSYC 188, SIO 116, SIO 116GS, SIO 118GS, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 102, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 107, SOCI 113, SOCI 135, SOCI 137, SOCI 152, USP 101, USP 129, USP 133, USP 136, USP 141A, USP 141B, USP 145, USP 146, USP 147, USP 149, USP 171

Capstone Experience (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 193. Public Health Capstone I or FMPH 196B. Public Health Honors Practicum II
  • FMPH 194. Public Health Capstone II or FMPH 196C. Public Health Honors Practicum III

Additional Requirements

  • Students who want to declare a major in public health must first complete FMPH 40 with a grade of B– or higher before declaring the major.
  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego.
  • All lower-division and upper-division major courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 199, which may be taken P/NP only.
  • A minimum grade of C– is required in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of lower-division and upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units between AIP 197 and FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of GLBH 111 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than six units of COMM 102C may be used to meet UD major requirements.

BSPH with Concentration in Epidemiology Sample Four-Year Plan

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

BILD 1

BILD 2

BILD 3

SBE

SBE

Year 2

COGS 14B/ PSYC 60/ MATH 11

FMPH 40

FMPH 50/110

FMPH 50/110

Year 3

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 120/130

Concentration UDE

USP 143

Concentration UDE

Year 4

FMPH 120/130

FMPH 193

FMPH 194

FMPH UDE

UDE

UDE

NOTE:
SBE: Lower-division social and behavioral science elective
UDE: Upper-division public health elective

BS in Public Health with Concentration in Health Policy and Management Sciences

Lower-Division Requirements (thirty-two or thirty-three units)

Public Health Sciences (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 40. Introduction to Public Health
  • FMPH 50. Primary Care and Public Health

Biology (three courses, twelve units)

  • Option 1: BILD 1, BILD 2, and BILD 3
  • Option 2: BILD 3 PLUS two from BILD 10, BILD 12/COGS 17, BILD 20, BILD 22, BILD 26, BILD 30

Quantitative Methods (one course, four or five units)

  • Option 1: MATH 11
  • Option 2: PSYC 60
  • Option 3: COGS 14B

Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (two courses, eight units)

  • ECON 1, ECON 2, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-two units)

Core Disciplines (six courses, twenty-four units)

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics
  • FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases
  • FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
  • FMPH 130. Environmental and Occupational Health
  • USP 143. The US Health-Care System

Upper-Division Electives (five courses, twenty units)

A minimum of one course from the following: 

  • FMPH 140-179, FMPH 180A, FMPH 191, FMPH 195, FMPH 196A, FMPH 199

Students may petition to use AIP 197, UCCS, or a Study Abroad experience (must be an upper-division four-unit course and have been preapproved by the department).

Two health policy and management sciences courses from the following:

  • ANSC 105, ANSC 105GS, COMM 114J, ECON 130, ECON 131, ECON 140, ECON 141, ENVR 110, GLBH 105, HISC 180, MGT 173, POLI 125B, POLI 160AA, POLI 168, SOCI 152, USP 101, USP 133, USP 147

Two additional courses from either those listed above or those listed below:

  • ANBI 130, ANSC 101, ANSC 106, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 146, ANSC 147, ANSC 148, ANSC 150, ANSC 164, ANSC 190GS, BIBC 100, BIBC 102, BIBC 103, BIBC 120, BICD 100, BICD 110, BICD 136, BICD 140, BIEB 152, BIMM 100, BIMM 110, BIMM 120, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, BIPN 100, BIPN 108, BIPN 134, COGS 174, COGS 174GS, COMM 102C, ECON 125, ESYS 101, ESYS 103, ETHN 103, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 190, GLBH 100, GLBH 101, GLBH 110, GLBH 111, GLBH 113, GLBH 142, GLBH 146, GLBH 147, GLBH 148, GLBH 181, HISC 115, HISC 116, LTCS 165, MATH 111A, MATH 111B, MATH 181A, MATH 181B, MATH 181C, MATH 181E, MATH 183, MATH 185, MATH 186, MATH 189, PHIL 163, PSYC 101, PSYC 104, PSYC 134, PSYC 155, PSYC 168, PSYC 173, PSYC 179, PSYC 181, PSYC 181GS, PSYC 188, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SIO 116, SIO 116GS, SIO 118GS, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 102, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 107, SOCI 108, SOCI 113, SOCI 134, SOCI 135, SOCI 136F, SOCI 137, USP 129, USP 136, USP 141A, USP 141B, USP 144, USP 145, USP 146, USP 149, USP 171

Capstone Experience (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 193. Public Health Capstone I or FMPH 196B. Public Health Honors Practicum II
  • FMPH 194. Public Health Capstone II or FMPH 196C. Public Health Honors Practicum III

Additional Requirements

  • Students who want to declare a major in public health must first complete FMPH 40 with a grade of B– or higher before declaring the major.
  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego.
  • All lower-division and upper-division major courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 199, which may be taken P/NP only.
  • A minimum grade of C– is required in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of lower-division and upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units between AIP 197 and FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of GLBH 111 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than six units of COMM 102C may be used to meet UD major requirements.

BSPH with Concentration in Health Policy and Management Sciences Sample Four-Year Plan

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

BILD 3

BILD

BILD

SBE

SBE

Year 2

COGS 14B/ PSYC 60/ MATH 11

FMPH 40

FMPH 50/110

FMPH 50/110

Year 3

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 120/130

Concentration UDE

USP 143

Concentration UDE

Year 4

FMPH 120/130

FMPH 193

FMPH 194

FMPH UDE

UDE

UDE

NOTE:
SBE: Lower-division social and behavioral science elective
UDE: Upper-division public health elective

BS in Public Health with Concentration in Medicine Sciences

Lower-Division Requirements (sixty or sixty-one units)

Public Health Sciences (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 40. Introduction to Public Health
  • FMPH 50. Primary Care and Public Health

Biology (three courses, twelve units)

  • BILD 1, BILD 2, and BILD 3

Chemistry (four courses, sixteen units)

  • CHEM 6A, CHEM 6B, CHEM 6C, CHEM 7L

Quantitative Methods (one course, four or five units)

  • Option 1: MATH 11
  • Option 2: PSYC 60
  • Option 3: COGS 14B

Natural Science (three courses, twelve units)

  • BILD 20, BILD 22, BILD 26, CHEM 40A, CHEM 40B, CHEM 40C, CHEM 43A, MATH 10A/20A, MATH 10B/20B, PHYS 1A, PHYS 1AL, PHYS 1B, PHYS 1BL, PHYS 1C, PHYS 1CL

Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (two courses, eight units)

  • ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Upper-Division Requirements (fifty-two units)

Core Disciplines (six courses, twenty-four units)

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics
  • FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases
  • FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
  • FMPH 130. Environmental and Occupational Health
  • USP 143. The US Health-Care System

Upper-Division Electives (five courses, twenty units)

A minimum of one course from the following: 

  • FMPH 140-179, FMPH 180A, FMPH 191, FMPH 195, FMPH 196A, FMPH 199

Students may petition to use AIP 197, UCCS, or a Study Abroad experience (must be an upper-division four-unit course and have been preapproved by the department).

Two medicine sciences courses from the following:

  • ANBI 130, ANSC 146, ANSC 150, ANSC 164, BIBC 100, BIBC 102, BIBC 103, BIBC 120, BICD 100, BICD 110, BICD 136, BICD 140, BIEB 152, BIMM 100, BIMM 110, BIMM 120, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, BIPN 100, BIPN 108, BIPN 134, COGS 174, COGS 174GS, FMPH 161, GLBH 113, GLBH 146, HISC 115, HISC 116, LTCS 165, PHIL 163, PSYC 134, PSYC 155, PSYC 168, PSYC 179, PSYC 181, PSYC 181GS, PSYC 188, SOCI 107, SOCI 134, SOCI 135, SOCI 136F

Two additional courses from either those listed above or those listed below:

  • ANSC 101, ANSC 105, ANSC 105GS, ANSC 106, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 147, ANSC 148, ANSC 190GS, COMM 102C, COMM 114J, ECON 125, ECON 130, ECON 131, ECON 140, ECON 141, ENVR 110, ESYS 101, ESYS 103, ETHN 103, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 190, GLBH 100, GLBH 101, GLBH 105, GLBH 110, GLBH 111, GLBH 142, GLBH 147, GLBH 148, GLBH 181, HISC 180, MATH 111A, MATH 111B, MATH 181A, MATH 181B, MATH 181C, MATH 181E, MATH 183, MATH 185, MATH 186, MATH 189, MGT 173, POLI 125B, POLI 160AA, POLI 168, PSYC 101, PSYC 104, PSYC 173, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SIO 116, SIO 116GS, SIO 118GS, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 102, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 108, SOCI 113, SOCI 137, SOCI 152, USP 101, USP 129, USP 133, USP 136, USP 141A, USP 141B, USP 144, USP 145, USP 146, USP 147, USP 149, USP 171

Capstone Experience (two courses, eight units)

  • FMPH 193. Public Health Capstone I or FMPH 196B. Public Health Honors Practicum II
  • FMPH 194. Public Health Capstone II or FMPH 196C. Public Health Honors Practicum III

Additional Requirements

  • Students who want to declare a major in public health must first complete FMPH 40 with a grade of B– or higher before declaring the major.
  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego.
  • All lower-division and upper-division major courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 199, which may be taken P/NP only.
  • A minimum grade of C– is required in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of lower-division and upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units between AIP 197 and FMPH 195 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than eight units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet upper-division major requirements.
  • No more than four units of GLBH 111 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than six units of COMM 102C may be used to meet UD major requirements.

BSPH with Concentration in Medical Sciences Sample Four-Year Plan

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

BILD 1

BILD 2

BILD 3

CHEM 6A

CHEM 6B

CHEM 6C

SBE

SBE

Year 2

CHEM 7L

COGS 14B/ PSYC 60/ MATH 11

FMPH 50/110

FMPH 40

FMPH 50/110

Natural Science

Natural Science

Natural Science

Year 3

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 120/130

Concentration UDE

USP 143

Concentration UDE

Year 4

FMPH 120/130

FMPH 193

FMPH 194

FMPH UDE

UDE

UDE

NOTE:
SBE: Lower-division social and behavioral science elective
UDE: Upper-division public health elective

BSPH with Concentration in Medicine Sciences (Recommendation: Pre-Med Track) Sample Four-Year Plan

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Year 1

BILD 1

BILD 2

BILD 3

CHEM 6A

CHEM 6B

CHEM 6C

MATH 10A*

MATH 10B*

CHEM 7L

SBE

SBE

Year 2

CHEM 40A

BICD 100 (Concentration UDE)

CHEM 40C

COGS 14B/ PSYC 60/ MATH 11

CHEM 40B

CHEM 43A*

FMPH 40

FMPH 50/110

FMPH 50/110

Year 3

BIBC 103 (Concentration UDE)

BIPN 100 (Concentration UDE)

BIBC 102 (Concentration UDE)

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 101/102

FMPH 120

PHYS 1A/AL*

PHYS 1B/BL*

PHYS 1C/CL*

Year 4

BICD 110*

FMPH 193

FMPH 130

FMPH UDE

USP 143

FMPH 194

NOTE:
SBE: Lower-division social and behavioral science elective
UDE: Upper-division public health elective
Additional courses required for premed are noted with *.

Public Health Honors Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science Public Health Honors Program. The Public Health Honors Program includes a three-quarter course sequence that students complete in their senior year (FMPH 196A, FMPH 196B, FMPH 196C). Admission is granted by application at the end of the winter quarter of the student’s junior year. To be considered, all applicants must have completed FMPH 40, FMPH 50, FMPH 101 or FMPH 102, and FMPH 110 or FMPH 120 prior to the start of the program.

The BSPH Honors Program provides students with a yearlong, intensive, applied public health culminating experience. Through a mix of course work and experiential learning opportunities, students will work to apply public health principles to real-world settings. Students will work closely with faculty, other BSPH students, and Honors practicum sites in the planning, implementing, evaluation, and/or dissemination of public health programs and research on pressing public health topics.

Students will have opportunities to integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge through cumulative and experiential activities. All students will complete a cumulative, integrative, and scholarly or applied experience or inquiry project that serves as a capstone to their undergraduate educational experience. In addition, students gain exposure to local-level public health professionals and/or agencies that engage in public health practice.

Through the BSPH Honors Program, students will learn professionalism in the workplace; how to conduct program planning and evaluation; how to develop proposals regarding research, program planning, or evaluation; critical thinking skills; and how to communicate effectively to diverse audiences.

Successful completion of the Public Health Honors Program requires a minimum grade of B in FMPH 196A, FMPH 196B, and FMPH 196C, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the upper-division courses taken for the major to earn Distinction in the Major. Students who earn a grade of B or higher in FMPH 196A, FMPH 196B, and FMPH 196C, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the upper-division courses taken for the major will earn High Distinction in the Major. Students who earn a grade of B or higher in FMPH 196A, FMPH 196B, and FMPH 196C, and a minimum GPA of 3.75 in the upper-division courses taken for the major will earn Highest Distinction in the Major.

Student Learning Outcomes

On completion of the BSPH Honors Program, students should be able to

  1. Conduct literature reviews and critically assess evidence.
  2. Develop sound research or evaluation questions using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, including the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.
  3. Identify the magnitude and determinants of health problems and possible facilitators and barriers to their solution.
  4. Describe the key steps in designing and implementing a new public health intervention or in evaluating an existing program or intervention.
  5. Propose interventions that acknowledge and address the determinants of health, are based upon empirical evidence, and accommodate scientific and practical considerations.
  6. Evaluate ethical issues in public health and apply public health values and standards to public health applications.
  7. Develop communication strategies and demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills for professional and general audiences.
  8. Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others, including in research teams, at practicum sites, and in community-diverse contexts.