Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

Welcome from the Program Director

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) at UC San Diego is the first undergraduate degree offered by the School of Medicine and is uniquely positioned at the intersection of primary care medicine and public health.  In this new and challenging major, BSPH undergraduates will develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines to improve health at the population level while being mindful of the diverse cultural perspectives of the communities with whom we partner.  Students will gain a deep appreciation for important public health questions and concepts while improving their critical thinking skills in order to solve major public health problems and promote the health and well-being of local, national and international communities.

The BSPH curriculum is built on the five core competencies in Public Health: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health, and Health Policy & Management.  Through classroom curriculum, research experience, and hands-on learning through community-based field placements, the BSPH program provides a strong foundation for undergraduate students looking to work in public health, pursue medical careers, law school, business professions, or graduate programs in related fields.

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