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

Current Major Requirements

Note: The Current Public Health Major Requirements listed below are for all students who entered UCSD prior to FA16. Any student entering UCSD in FA16 or later should follow the New Public Health Major Requirements.

The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health (BSPH) with courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental and occupational health sciences, and health policy. The epidemiology and biostatistics areas offers 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.

All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of FPMU 195 and FPMU 199, which may only be taken P/NP. Students must receive a grade of C– or higher in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of the major requirements.

Entry to the Major

Public Health is a Capped Major.To prepare students for success in upper-division courses, the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health have determined that students who want to declare a major in Public Health must first meet the criterion outlined below:

Completion of FPMU 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 Department of Family Medicine and Public Health has completed the review process to ensure the above criterion has been met.

Lower-Division Requirements (36 or 37 units)

  • Public Health Sciences (2 courses, 8 units)
    • FPMU 40: Introduction to Public Health
    • FPMU 50: Primary Care and Public Health
  • Biology (3 courses, 12 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

Option 1 is recommended for students going into traditional health professions (medical school, physician assistant school, nursing), epidemiology, or other fields that value a hard science background.

  • Quantitative Methods (1 course, 4 or 5 units)
    • Option 1: MATH 11
    • Option 2: PSYC 60

Option 1 is recommended for students going into epidemiology, biostatistics, or other fields that value statistics and data analysis.

  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives (3 courses, 12 units)
    • ANTH 1, ANTH 23, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, HILD 30, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, SOCI 10, SOCI 40

Students may petition the Public Health Advising Office through the VAC to use ANTH 2, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, HDP 1, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 30, SOCI 70, and/or USP 2 towards their SBE area.

Upper Division Requirements (48 units)

  • Public Health Core Disciplines (6 courses, 24 units)
    • FPMU 101: Epidemiology
    • FPMU 102: Biostatistics
    • FPMU 110: Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases
    • FPMU 120: Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
    • FPMU 130: Environmental and Occupational Health
    • USP 143: The US Health Care System
  • Public Health Electives (6 courses, 24 units)
    • ANSC 147, ANSC 148, BIBC 120, BICD 134, BICD 136, BIEB 100, BIMM 114, BIPN 108, CGS 114, COGS 174, COMM 102C, COMM 109D, ECON 120A, ECON 120B, ECON 125, ECON 130, ECON 140, ECON 141, ECON 142, ECON 143, ETHN 103, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 183, ETHN 183, ETHN 190, HDP 115, HDP 122, MATH 111A, MATH 111B, MATH 181A, MATH 181B, MATH 181C, MATH 181E, MATH 183, MATH 186, PHIL 148, PHIL 163, POLI 160AA, PSYC 104, PSYC 134, PSYC 155, PSYC 179, PSYC 181, PSYC 184, PSYC 188, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 108, SOCI 113, SOCI 134, SOCI 136E, SOCI 136F, SOCI 137, SOCI 152, USP 133, USP 144, USP 145, USP 147, USP 149
    • FPMU 195 – no more than 4 units of FPMU 195 199 may be used to meet elective requirements.
    • FPMU 199 – No more than 8 units of FPMU 199 may be used to meet elective requirements.

Students may petition the Public Health Advising Office through the VAC to use ANBI 130, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 146, ANSC 150, ANSC 164, BIEB 152, BIMM 110, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, COMM 114J, ECON 131, GLBH 181, HISC 116, HISC 180, LTCS 165, MATH 185, MATH 189, MGT 173, POLI 125B, POLI 168, PSYC 173, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 102, SOCI 135, USP 101, USP 136, and/or USP 146 towards their UDE area.

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