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

Course Petitions

    Course equivalency – petitions for a lower-division course taken at another institution should be submitted to the department hosting the equivalent course. For example, if petitioning for equivalency for PSYC 60, the petition should be submitted to the Department of Psychology. Typically, course equivalency petitions are submitted by students transferring from another 4-year institution or a community college. If equivalency is granted, the course will be listed on a student’s UCSD academic history alongside the course number from UCSD.

    Sample academic history for MATH 11 equivalency:

    Subject Course Course Title Transferred From Units Grade Term Level UCSD Approx
    MATH 200 Statistics
    Skyline College
    6.00 A SP14 LD MATH 11
    MATH 11L

    Course equivalency petitions are the preferred option for transfer students, as it enables students to enroll in future UCSD courses that require the petitioned course as a prerequisite without additional authorization.

    Major course substitution - petitions for a lower-division course to meet requirements for Public Health should be submitted to the Public Health Student Affairs Office. Typically, major course substitution petitions are submitted by students transferring from another 4-year institution or a community college when a course equivalency (see above) cannot be determined. Occasionally, continuing students submit major course substitution petitions; however petitions for UCSD courses are rarely approved. FPMU core courses cannot be substituted; they must be completed at UCSD. If a major course substitution is granted for transfer coursework, the course will be listed on a student’s UCSD academic history using only the course number from the original institution.

    Sample academic history for MATH 11 substitute:

    Subject Course Course Title Transferred From Units Grade Term Level UCSD Approx
    BIOL 200 Biological Statistics San Diego Mesa Coll 4.50 A SP14 LD

    Enrollment in future UCSD courses that require the substitute course as a prerequisite (such as FPMU 101 which requires MATH 11/11L or PSYC 60) will require pre-authorization from the department hosting the course.

    Major elective – petitions for an upper-division course to meet elective requirements for Public Health should be submitted to the Public Health Student Affairs Office. Typically, major elective petitions are submitted by continuing students that have identified a course related to Public Health. This is also the most common type of petition submitted after a student has studied abroad.

    Course Equivalency Petition

    Follow the submission process for the department hosting the equivalent course.

    Biology – http://biology.ucsd.edu/education/undergrad/course/ug-petitions.html
    Environmental Studies – http://muir.ucsd.edu/minors/
    Environmental Systems – http://physicalsciences.ucsd.edu/programs/esys/contact.html
    Math – http://math.ucsd.edu/programs/undergraduate/advising_resources/petition_information.php
    Psychology – http://www.psychology.ucsd.edu/undergraduate-program/policies/Petitions.html
    Sociology - http://sociology.ucsd.edu/undergraduates/advising.shtml

    Please note, the Anthropology department does not accept course equivalency petitions.
    Courses listed on ASSIST.org will be articulated by the Admissions office. No petition is required for course equivalencies listed on ASSIST.org.

    Major Course Substitution Petition
    Step One: Student submits the following 3 items to the Public Health Student Affairs Office:

      1. General Petition ("Departmental Exception" marked)
      2. Personal Statement (1 -2 paragraphs explaining the similarities between the two courses and/or how the substituted course is relevant/foundational to the field of Public Health)
      3. Course Syllabus
    Step Two: Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisors will review the petition.
    Step Three: The BSPH Director will review the petition, taking into consideration the comments and suggestions made by the Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisors. If deemed necessary, the BSPH Committee will also review the petition. The BSPH Director will sign the petition once a decision has been reached.
    Step Four: Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisors will notify the student via the Virtual Advising Center (vac.ucsd.edu) of the outcome. The advisor will also update the student’s degree audit (DARS).

    Major Elective Petition
    Step One: Student submits the following 4 items to the Public Health Student Affairs Office:
      1. General Petition ("Departmental Exception" marked)
      2. Personal Statement (1 -2 paragraphs explaining the merits of the course)
      3. Course Syllabus
      4. BSPH Core Competency Checklist (select 2 - 5 competencies covered by the course)
    Step Two: Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisors will review the petition.
    Step Three: The BSPH Director will review the petition, taking into consideration the comments and suggestions made by the Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisors. If deemed necessary, the BSPH Committee will also review the petition. The BSPH Director will sign the petition once a decision has been reached.
    Step Four: Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisors will notify the student via the Virtual Advising Center (vac.ucsd.edu) of the outcome. The advisor will also update the student’s degree audit (DARS).


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