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

Why Major in Public Health at UCSD?

In September 2013, the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health (FMPH) launched an undergraduate major in public health. Public health represents a growing and dynamic field with opportunities to address major global health issues and to improve quality of life for people worldwide. A recent report by the Association of Schools of Public Health stated that we need 250,000 new public health workers at the federal, state and local levels by 2020 to meet changing health needs—an estimate that current graduation rates cannot meet. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) at UC San Diego represents the first undergraduate program offered by the School of Medicine and it is one of the first in the country to be positioned at the critical intersection of primary care medicine and public health.

UC San Diego provides a unique training environment by combining leading public health researchers and practitioners with a unique natural laboratory for studying public health. San Diego is a culturally diverse coastal community and neighbors the busiest international land border crossing in the world. BSPH students will have opportunities to get involved in unique training experiences that address some of the leading public health issues to be faced in the 21st century.

An undergraduate degree in public health prepares students to develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of health of the human population in a context of human rights and cultural understanding. The BSPH emphasizes training in biological sciences, social and behavioral sciences and quantitative skills.  Such a program is beneficial not only for students planning to enter graduate degree programs in public health, but also for students looking to enter the medical, legal and business professions.

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