Undergraduate Degree Options

The University of Michigan School of Public Health Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community and Global Public Health and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health Sciences provide an interdisciplinary undergraduate liberal education through the lens of public health. 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. Both degrees require a set of integrated core courses with additional requirements that encourage students to explore a breadth of coursework. Detailed degree requirements can be found here.

Bachelor of the Arts (BA) in Community and Global Public Health

The BA is for

  • Students who have an interest in the complex interplay of cultural, ethical, social, economic, political, and social justice forces that shape human health globally and locally.
  • Students who are interested in working in public health or other health-related related fields.
  • Students who would like to pursue careers in health education and promotion, public health policy and administration, or non-profit/governmental work.

BA students will

  • Gain an understanding of key determinants of health from a socio-ecological perspective, and explore socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
  • Investigate approaches to addressing major public health concerns with cultural humility within the constraints of limited resources and health infrastructure.
  • Examine and explore the range of public health interventions that are focused on improving the health and well-being of communities both globally and locally.
  • Examine and explore the types of infrastructure that are needed to ensure that global, federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local health-related agencies and organizations have the capacity to provide essential public health services.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health Sciences

The BS is for

  • Students interested in exploring public health problems from a science based or clinical perspective.
  • Students seeking to continue at the graduate level in public health disciplines including epidemiology, environmental health sciences, and data sciences.
  • Students seeking future training in the health sciences, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, kinesiology, pharmacy, and social work.

BS Students will

  • Gain an understanding of the natural history of infectious and chronic diseases, their environmental and biological origins, their distributions among populations, and strategies for their prevention and management.
  • Examine and explore multiple aspects of infectious and chronic diseases, including biological, environmental, and genetic factors that contribute to their origin and distribution among populations.
  • Understand the basic biology, transmission, and natural history of important human infectious and chronic diseases.
  • Examine methodologies that are used in public health to study the underlying causes and impact of various aspects of infectious and chronic diseases, including surveillance, epidemiological investigations, and mathematical modeling.
  • Explore multi-tiered public health strategies for the prevention, treatment, and potential eradication of infectious and chronic diseases.
  • Be able to complete other pre-health requirements.