Undergraduate Degree Requirements

The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers two undergraduate degrees. Undergraduate students take a variety of courses to build general public health knowledge and develop a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of how to address existing and emerging public health problems. Students choose from two degrees—a Bachelor of Science (BS) in public health sciences or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in community and global public health. Both degrees require a set of integrated core courses with additional requirements that encourage students to explore a breadth of coursework.

The requirements listed here apply to students admitted for Fall 2018.

To qualify for a Bachelor's degree from the School of Public Health, a student must complete a minimum 120 credits. This includes a minimum of 60 upper-level credits, with 45 of those credits coming from courses offered by the School of Public Health. The remaining 15 credits can be fulfilled by any upper-level course (see exceptions).

I. Integrated Core Courses

Complete ALL of the following in the term indicated:

  • PUBHLTH 381 – Public Health Systems: Achievements & Challenges, 3 credits (Fall 2018)
  • PUBHLTH 382 – Population Health Determinants and Disparities, 3 credits (Winter 2019)
  • PUBHLTH 383 – Data Driven Solutions in Public Health, 4 credits (Winter 2019)
  • PUBHLTH 384 – Public Health in Action: Creating Change, 3 credits (Fall 2019)

II. Major Specific Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Community and Global Public Health:

  • PUBHLTH 350 – Global Public Health: Challenges & Transformations, 4 credits (Fall)
  • PUBHLTH 360 – Community, Culture and Social Justice in Public Health, 3 credits (Fall 2018)
  • Fourth-term proficiency in a foreign language (more details here)
  • 18 credits of public health electives

Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences:

  • PUBHLTH 370 – Public Health Biology and Pathophysiology, 3 credits (Fall 2018)
  • One of the following:
    • PUBHLTH 305 - The Environment and Human Health, 3 credits (Fall)
    • PUBHLTH 310 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle, 3 credits (Winter)
    • PUBHLTH 311 - Introduction to Public Health Genetics, 3 credits (Fall)
  • 19 credits of public health electives

III. Culminating Experience

  • PUBHLTH 481 - Public Health Practice and Professionalism, 4 credits (Fall 2019)
  • PUBHLTH 482 - Writing in Public Health, 3 credits (Winter 2020)

Public Health Electives

Any public health course (300-level and above), outside the specific requirements can count towards the public health elective credits. Elective courses can include courses from the other major or graduate courses.

Exceptions to the upper-level credits

Students must complete a minimum of 60 upper-level credits (300-level and above). The 45 public health credits are included in this requirement. The remaining 15 credits can be fulfilled by any upper-level course. The following lower-level courses are exceptions which may also count towards this requirement.

  • Language courses used to fulfill the fourth-term proficiency in a foreign language*
  • The following pre-health courses*:
    • BIOLOGY 207
    • BIOLOGY 225 & 226
    • CHEM 210
    • CHEM 211
    • CHEM 215
    • CHEM 216
    • CHEM 230
    • CHEM 260
    • PHYSICS 240 or 126
    • PHYSICS 241 or 128
    • PHYSICS 235
    • PHYSICS 236
    • PHYSICS 260
    • PHYSICS 261
    • PHYSIOL 201

 *These courses are offered by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, please the LSA Course Guide for more information.