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

New Major Requirements


Note: The New Public Health Major Requirements listed below are for all students entering UCSD in FA16 or later. Any student who entered UCSD prior to FA16 should follow the Current 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 FMPH 195 and FMPH 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 (32 or 33 units)

  • Public Health Sciences (2 courses, 8 units)
    • FMPH 40: Introduction to Public Health
    • FMPH 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 3: COGS 14B

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

  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives (2 courses, 8 units)
    • ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, HDP 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 (52 units)

  • Public Health Core Disciplines (6 courses, 24 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
  • Public Health Electives (5 courses, 20 units)

A minimum of one course from the following: 

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

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

    • ANBI 130, ANSC 143, ANSC 144, ANSC 146, ANSC 147, ANSC 148, ANSC 150, ANSC 164, BIBC 120, BICD 136, BIEB 100, BIEB 152, BIMM 110, BIMM 124, BIMM 134, BIPN 108, COGS 174, COMM 102C, COMM 114J, ECON 125, ECON 130, ECON 131, ECON 140, ECON 141, ETHN 103, ETHN 142, ETHN 157, ETHN 190, GLBH 181, 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 104, PSYC 134, PSYC 155, PSYC 173, PSYC 179, PSYC 181, PSYC 188, REV 160GS, REV 165GS, SIO 187, SIO 189, SOCI 102, SOCI 104Q, SOCI 108, SOCI 113, SOCI 134, SOCI 135, SOCI 136F, SOCI 137, SOCI 152, USP 101, USP 133, USP 136, USP 144, USP 145, USP 146, USP 147, USP 149
  • Capstone Experience (2 courses, 8 units)
    • FMPH 193: Public Health Capstone I
    • FMPH 194: Public Health Capstone II

Note: Students may petition to use FMPH 199, AIP 197, UCDC/UCCS, or a study abroad experience in place of FMPH 193 (must be an upper-division 4-unit course, taken in the junior or senior year, and have been pre-approved by the department).
Students accepted into the Advanced Practicum may use FMPH 180A as one upper-division public health elective, and FMPH 180B and FMPH 180C to satisfy the entire capstone experience area requirement (in place of FMPH 193 and FMPH 194).
Students accepted into the Public Health Honors Program may use FMPH 196A as one upper-division public health elective, and FMPH 196B and FMPH 196C to satisfy the entire capstone experience area requirement (in place of FMPH 193 and FMPH 194).

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 LD and UD major courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 199, which may only be taken P/NP.
  • A minimum grade of C- is required in any course to be counted towards fulfillment of LD and UD major requirements.
  • No more than 4 units of FMPH 195 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than 8 units between AIP 197 and FMPH 195 may be used to meet UD major requirements.
  • No more than 8 units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet UD major requirements.

 

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