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Public Health | BA Program


Jolynn Gardner
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BA in Public Health

Public Health BA

The degree of choice for pursuing a career in social and community health aspects of public health, program planning, development, and assessment. The BA pairs well minors such as economics and psychology.

Public Health (BA)

Offered by the Department of Health Studies, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Admission is through formal declaration of major.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 47 credit hours with grades of C or better

Course Requirements

Core Courses (26 credit hours)

Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

Complete 21 credit hours from at least three of the four clusters below, with no more than 3 credit hours total from the 200-level. Note: Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

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