Public Health (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (PH BS)
Unit: Public Health and Information Sciences

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 BS 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 Requirements7-9
Program/Major Requirements 180-82
Minimum Total Hours120

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

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. Pre-College Curriculum (PCC) GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. Either of the following:
    1. ACT/SAT score of 21/980 or higher
    2. ACT/SAT score of 19/940 or higher AND PCC GPA of 3.0 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. Pre-College Curriculum (PCC) GPA of 2.5 or higher (see Note 1, below)
  5. Either of the following:
    1. ACT/SAT score of 21/980 or higher
    2. ACT/SAT score of 19/940 or higher AND PCC GPA of 3.0 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

KY Public Health Workers

Individuals not meeting criteria for any of above categories can be admitted conditionally with:

  1. Either of the following:
    1. Graduation from accredited high school
    2. Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests
  2. A salaried public health position with continuous employment for previous three years or more
  3. Approval of Public Health Appeals Committee

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are either required by the program or can be taken to fulfill a requirement within the program, and can be taken to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
Global Public Health - D2, SBH
Health Equity - D1, SB
Introduction to College Writing - WC
Intermediate College Writing - WC
Advanced Composition for Freshmen - WC
Biology: Current Issues and Applications - S
Laboratory for Biology: Current Issues and Applications - SL 1
one course from the following:
Introduction to Chemistry - S
Chemistry for Health Professionals - S
General Chemistry I - S
Elements of Physics - B
Fundamentals of Physics I - S

*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 26-8
Minimum Total Hours7-9

Program Requirements

Program Core, Public Health
PHPH 100Majoring in Public Health1
PHST 301Quantitative Methods in Public Health3
PHPB 300Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health3
PHPB 301Health Equity - D1, SB3
PHPH 301Global Public Health - D2, SBH3
PHPH 420Practice of Public Health3
PHPH 431Contemporary Issues in Public Health 13
PHPH 432Contemporary Issues in Public Health 23
PHEH 440Biology for Population Health (waived and replaced with any 300 level and above biology course if taken BIOL 257 or BIOL 357) 33
PHEP 441Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health3
PHPH 491Senior Capstone 1 - CUE (CUE)3
PHPH 492Senior Capstone 2 - CUE (CUE)3
PHPH 401Public Health and Health Policy3
PHMS 301Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare Delivery Systems3
PHEH 301Public Health and Our Environment3
PHPB 305Public Health Education Principles and Strategies3
PHPH 410Public Health Law and Ethics3
Program Core, Supporting
ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing - WC3
ENGL 102Intermediate College Writing - WC3
or ENGL 105 Advanced Composition for Freshmen - WC
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
Biology: Current Issues and Applications - S
Laboratory for Biology: Current Issues and Applications - SL
4
One of the following:3-4
Introduction to Chemistry - S 4
Chemistry for Health Professionals - S 4
General Chemistry I - S 4
Elements of Physics - B 4
Fundamentals of Physics I - S 4
Electives
General Electives (any level) 2,515-19
General Electives (300-level or above)2
Minimum Total Hours80-82
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:
PHPH 491Senior Capstone 1 - CUE3
PHPH 492Senior Capstone 2 - CUE3

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 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 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 3
PHPH 431 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 1 3
PHEH 301 Public Health and Our Environment 3
General education requirements/electives/programmatic requirements 6
 Hours15
Spring
PHEP 441 Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health 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 2 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