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:
- 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)
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.
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.