Public Health (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Public Health
Unit: Public Health and Information Sciences
Academic Plan Code(s): PH_ _BA

Program Information

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) offers two undergraduate degree options: Bachelor of Science in Public Health for students focused on public health practice and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health for liberal studies.

A degree in public health provides students with the skills they need to improve the health of populations and communities, as well as alleviate suffering caused by disease, injuries and health disparities.  Public Health majors learn how to inquire, challenge and explore options that promote the health and well-being of the community.

A BA in Public Health prepares students for positions in specific sectors of public health, health services, and public policy, with career opportunities in health education, health care administration, health research, environmental health, and more. Examples of job settings could include colleges and universities, federal and state health agencies, and community and international organizations. Both degrees prepare students for advanced degrees in public health, law, and clinical health professions (i.e., PA, PT, Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry).

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements 111-13
Program/Major Requirements 176-78
Minimum Total Hours120

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BA-MPH in Public Health

The accelerated degree program allows a student to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (BA) and the Master of Public Health (MPH) over a five year period.  The first four years consist of undergraduate studies, including five core public health graduate level courses (15 credit hours) taken during the senior year, culminating in the award of the Bachelors of Arts in Public Health degree.  

The fifth year, including the summer following graduation with a bachelor’s degree, consists of graduate coursework in public health, leading to completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to provide students with training in foundational MPH competencies as well as a specific area of concentration. MPH concentrations currently available for the accelerated program are:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion and Behavior
  • Global Public Health with an emphasis in Maternal and Child Health

MPH graduates are prepared for positions in the public health work force, health-related industries, academic organizations, or for further professional or academic education.

The accelerated curriculum allows students to take up to 15 credit hours of the Master of Public Health core course work during their undergraduate studies. The 15 graduate credits will count towards the completion of both the BA and MPH degrees and will substitute for required undergraduate courses as follows:

  • Undergraduate course: PHST 301 Quantitative Methods in Public Health
    MPH replacement course: PHST 500 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences I
  • Undergraduate course: PHPB 300 Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health
    MPH replacement course: PHPB 501 Introduction to Public Health Behavior
  • Undergraduate course: PHEP 441 Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health
    MPH replacement course: PHEP 501 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Undergraduate course: PHEH 301 Public Health and Our Environment
    MPH replacement course: PHEH 500 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Undergraduate course: PHMS 301 Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare Delivery Systems
    MPH replacement course: PHMS 501 Introduction to Public Health Practice and Administration

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission requirements depend on a student’s educational and public health experience, outlined as follows:

Entering First-Year Students

  1. Either of the following:
    1. Graduation from accredited high school
    2. Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests
  2. High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. ACT/SAT score of 19/940 or higher

Transfer Students

Transfer students with fewer than 24 credit hours

  1. College GPA of 2.0 or higher
  2. Either of the following:
    1. Graduation from accredited high school
    2. Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests
  3. High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. ACT/SAT score of 19/940 or higher 

Transfer student with 24 credit hours or more

College GPA of 2.0 or higher

UofL Student Switching Major

University GPA of 2.0 or higher

Post-Baccalaureate Student

  • Degree posted

Accelerated BA-MPH in Public Health

Undergraduates interested in pursuing the accelerated program option must complete an online degree petition before November 1, near the end of the student’s fifth semester (minimum of 75 credit hours).  Students interested in applying are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.25.  In addition to submission of the petition, the student must submit a letter of recommendation, preferably from a UofL faculty member, that speaks to their academic abilities.  Students applying to the epidemiology concentration will be required to have a strong quantitative background.  ACT score, math placement score and MATH 111 or higher course will be considered.  Upon receipt of the petition and the letter of recommendation, the MPH program director and a representative from the desired concentration will schedule an interview with the student.

Upon provisional admission to the program, the student must complete a Graduate School admissions application no later than December 1 of the final year of their undergraduate studies and pay the graduate school application fee.  Students will be admitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) provisionally based upon successful completion of their undergraduate degree. Submission of the remainder of the MPH admissions requirements should be completed during the semester that the student will receive their undergraduate degree.  Application requirements are:

  • Two letters of recommendation written within the last twelve months (one from a faculty member of the undergraduate UofL public health program).
  • Overall GPA for the undergraduate degree (including the core courses) must be a minimum of 3.0, and students must have made a grade of B or better in each of the MPH core courses taken.
  • Official transcripts of all degrees or course work completed at UofL and any coursework completed from other institutions prior to matriculation at UofL.
  • One-page personal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of his or her goals in public health, noting any professional or research experience.
  • There is no GRE requirement.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can be taken to satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Global Public Health - D2, SBH
Health Equity - D1, SB
Biology course and lab

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

PHPH 100Majoring in Public Health1
Foreign Language 16-8
Biology Course & Lab (e.g., BIOL 102 & BIOL 104 or higher)4
Minimum Total Hours11-13

Program Requirements

Public Health Program Core
PHPB 301Health Equity - D1, SB3
PHPH 301Global Public Health - D2, SBH3
PHST 301Quantitative Methods in Public Health 23
or PHST 500 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences I
PHPB 300Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health 23
or PHPB 501 Introduction to Public Health Behavior
PHPH 420Practice of Public Health3
PHPH 431Contemporary Issues in Public Health I3
PHPH 432Contemporary Issues in Public Health II3
PHEH 440Biology for Population Health3
PHEP 441Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health 23
or PHEP 501 Introduction to Epidemiology
PHPH 491Senior Capstone 1 - CUE3
PHPH 492Senior Capstone 2 - CUE3
PHPH 401Public Health and Health Policy3
PHMS 301Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare Delivery Systems 23
or PHMS 501 Introduction to Public Health Practice and Administration
PHEH 301Public Health and Our Environment 23
or PHEH 500 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
PHPB 305Public Health Education Principles and Strategies3
PHPH 410Public Health Law and Ethics3
Electives
General Electives (any level) 1,326-28
General Electives (300-level or above)2
Minimum Total Hours76-78
Degree Total120

For this degree, the following apply for courses counting toward the degree:

  • A course that meets a requirement for more than one of general education may be counted toward at most two requirement areas.
  • The credit-hour requirement, however, is not altered by double-counting courses in two different requirement areas and must be fulfilled with electives. 
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing the following:
Senior Capstone 1 - CUE
Senior Capstone 2 - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
PHPH 100 Majoring in Public Health 1
PHPB 301 Health Equity - D1, SB 3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 11
 Hours15
Spring
PHPH 301 Global Public Health - D2, SBH 3
PHPB 300
Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health
or Introduction to Public Health Behavior
3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 9
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
PHPB 305 Public Health Education Principles and Strategies 3
PHMS 301
Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare Delivery Systems
or Introduction to Public Health Practice and Administration
3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 9
 Hours15
Spring
PHEH 440 Biology for Population Health 3
PHPH 401 Public Health and Health Policy 3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 9
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PHST 301
Quantitative Methods in Public Health
or Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Sciences I
3
PHPH 431 Contemporary Issues in Public Health I 3
PHEH 301
Public Health and Our Environment
or Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 6
 Hours15
Spring
PHEP 441
Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health
or Introduction to Epidemiology
3
PHPH 420 Practice of Public Health 3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 9
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
PHPH 491 Senior Capstone 1 - CUE 3
PHPH 432 Contemporary Issues in Public Health II 3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 9
 Hours15
Spring
PHPH 492 Senior Capstone 2 - CUE 3
PHPH 410 Public Health Law and Ethics 3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 9
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours120