Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Overview

Students interested in pursuing the BA in Public Health must first complete 60 hours of prerequisite general education course work at UIC or another college or university including three prerequisite courses in public health—PUBH 100: Health and the Public, PUBH 110: Public Health and Global Societies, and PUBH 120: Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics. Please note that while successful applicants to the program typically have a GPA of at least a 2.75/4.00, there are four courses which must be completed with B grades or higher (PUBH 100, PUBH 110, PUBH 120, and the Quantitative Reasoning requirement). If admitted to the program, students will then complete an additional 60 hours of major course work. Admission to the program is selective and completion of the prerequisite course work does not guarantee admission.

This website contains a list of required prerequisite and major course work. However, for more specific information about the program, please review the student handbook below:

 

Pre-Public Health Course Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

Hours

ENGL 160: Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts

3

ENGL 161: Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research

3

Foreign language (16 hours in a single language or equivalent)

16

Quantitative Reasoning course (B grade or higher required in this course)*

3–5

PUBH 100: Health and the Public: Students will examine both historical and contemporary public health stories focusing on the United States to begin to understand the contexts, systems, professions, tools, and skills associated with the public health enterprise. (B grade or higher required in this course)

Note: This course may be used to satisfy the Individual and Society or US Society General Education requirement below.

3

PUBH 110: Public Health and Global Societies: Introduces students to global public health through an exploration of health challenges from the local population to global society perspectives. Field trip required at a nominal fee. (B grade or higher required in this course)

Note: This course may be used to satisfy the Individual and Society or World Cultures General Education requirement below.

3

PUBH 120: Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics: Introduces basic principles surrounding the distribution of disease and epidemics in human populations. Through lectures and field exercises, students will learn fundamentals of epidemiology, the basic science of public health. There will be three field trips at no cost to the student. These field trips will require students to be available for three - three hour sessions outside of the regular class time. Natural World - No Lab course. (B grade or higher required in this course)

3

Analyzing the Natural World: 2 courses required, including PUBH 120 (see above) and a life science course with lab. For life science course, choose from BIOS courses approved for Analyzing the Natural World with Lab—BIOS 100, BIOS 101, or BIOS 104.

5

Understanding the Individual and Society course**

3

Understanding U.S. Society course**

3

Exploring World Cultures course**

3

Understanding the Past course**

3

Understanding the Creative Arts course**

3

Additional General Education course(s) from any category, as necessary to total 24 hours of General Education credit**

1–3

Free electives to total 60 hours

1–11

Total Hours - Pre-Public Health

60

*Students may choose from the following courses at UIC: MATH 121, 123, 145, 160, 165, 180; PHIL 102 or 210; STAT 101; COMM 201; CLJ 262; POLS 201; PSCH 343; and SOC 201. See the BA in Public Health undergraduate catalog statement for more information.

**Students should consult the General Education section of the undergraduate catalog for a list of approved courses in this category. All students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of General Education course work with at least one course from each of the six General Education categories.

Public Health Major Course Requirements

Required Core Courses

Course Description

Hours

Fall Semester of Junior Year

PUBH 300: Critical Thinking in Public Health

This course is designed to prepare students to make reasoned, intelligent decisions about public health matters by learning about and practicing how to think, read, write, and speak critically.

4

PUBH 320: Ecologies of Health and Modern Life

Human activity has had an impact on the health of people, animals and environments throughout history. This course uses cross-disciplinary frameworks to examine critical issues in public health that can be traced to the impact of modern life.

3

PUBH 330: Health Equity and Health Disparities

How and why national and local health disparities in the US occur and for what racial and ethnic groups they are most severe.

3

Spring Semester of Junior Year

PUBH 310: Public Health and Global Citizenship

This course encourages a critical examination of the political, religious, social and economic influences on the continuum of local/global health and the role citizenship plays in advocating for the equitable distribution of health across the planet. 3

PUBH 340: Health Literacy

Trains students to access, analyze, craft, communicate, and use health information in ways that are easily understood and serve to improve public health.

3

PUBH 350: Health Systems, Health Policy

This course will examine popular perceptions and the reality of how the U.S. Health System is created and evolves.

3

PUBH 360: Local Citizenship and Community Health Initiatives

Students in this course will explore the concept of community health, identify strategies for developing and implementing community health initiatives, and appreciate community building as an overarching approach for health improvement.

4

Summer Semester of Junior Year (or anytime thereafter)

PUBH 393: Public Health Fieldwork (required for those in the professional track, optional for students in the academic track)***

Public Health Fieldwork is an integrative practicum experience for students who are undergraduate public health majors.

3

Fall Semester of Senior Year

PUBH 370: Using the Public Health Toolbox

Students have opportunities to synthesize and apply knowledge/skills from the preceding core courses and will work individually and in groups. Course is linked with the baccalaureate project to be implemented in the last semester of the program.

3

PUBH 410: Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges I

Part one of a two course sequence, historical and contemporary case studies of social movement(s) will be examined to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of social justice, science/medicine, culture, politics, geography and the public's health.

2

Spring Semester of Senior Year

PUBH 397: Baccalaureate Project in Public Health

Implementation and presentation of an integrative project designed to demonstrate students' mastery of the over-arching curriculum goals for the undergraduate major in public health; demonstration of critical thinking and analytic skills. 3

PUBH 411: Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges II

Part two of a two course sequence, historical and contemporary case studies of social movement(s) will be examined to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of social justice, science/medicine, culture, politics, geography and the public's health.

2

Additional Requirements: Selective and Elective Courses

Hours

Selectives from list of courses representing an array of disciplines (African American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Education, Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Planning & Public Administration and 400-level public health courses, with the exception of MPH core, with permission of instructor). Fieldwork is a requirement for students in the professional track but may be taken as a selective for those in the academic track.

12 or 15

Electives: Preapproved by advisor as relevant to the student's plan of study

6

Free Electives

6

Total Hours - BA in Public Health (Pre-Public Health + Public Health Major Requirements)

120

***Students in the professional track are required to take Public Health Fieldwork. Students in the academic track may choose to take the fieldwork course or replace it with another 3-hour selective.

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