Required Courses (15 semester hours)
- ENGL 160 – Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts (3 semester hours)
- ENGL 161: Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research (3 semester hours)
- PUBH 100: Health and the Public (3 semester hours) *
- PUBH 110: Public Health and Global Societies (3 semester hours) **
- PUBH 120: Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics (3 semester hours)
* May be used to satisfy Individual and Society or US Society categories in the Required Electives below.
** May be used to satisfy Individual and Society or World Cultures category in the Required Electives below.
Required Elective Courses (24 semester hours)
Students should consult the General Education section of the UIC Undergraduate Catalog for a list of approved courses in these categories. 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.
- Analyzing the Natural World course – Select from: ANTH 105, BIOS 100, BIOS 101, or BIOS 104 (4 – 5 semester hours)
- Exploring World Cultures course (3 semester hours)
- Understanding U.S. Society course (3 semester hours)
- Understanding the Individual and Society course (3 semester hours)
- Understanding the Past course (3 semester hours)
- Understanding the Creative Arts course (3 semester hours)
- Additional General Education course(s) from any of these category, as necessary to total 24 hours of General Education credit
Foreign Language Requirement (16 semester hours)
The basic requirement is proficiency in a language that has a recognized literature or culture. The level of proficiency must be the equivalent of that expected of the student who has completed the elementary and intermediate levels of language study (i.e., the first two years) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Students studying foreign language at UIC are strongly encouraged to register for required language courses in consecutive semesters until the requirement is met. Students may satisfy the requirement in any one of several ways:
- By presenting qualifying scores on Advanced Placement examinations in foreign language or a qualifying score on a UIC foreign language placement test or other authorized proficiency test for languages not offered at UIC.
- By transferring credit for two years of a single language at the college level.
- By completing four semesters of language courses at UIC. The university currently offers complete sequences in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
- By completing a partial sequence of language courses as determined by the results of a placement test or placement by a language department. The school determines eligibility for credit in a recommended course.
- By presenting evidence of secondary education completed in a country where the language of instruction was other than English. No elementary- or intermediate-level course or proficiency credit will be given for that language. The language requirement, however, will be considered fulfilled only if the student consults their Advisor for application of this rule and receives conditional approval.
- By transferring four semesters of credit in American Sign Language courses from an accredited U.S. college or university. Courses must include the study of deaf culture.
Quantitative Reasoning (3 - 5 semester hours)
Students in the School of Public Health must demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning to earn a degree. Such competence can be demonstrated in any one of the following ways:
- Achievement of a score on the mathematics placement examination high enough to qualify for enrollment in Mathematics 180.
- Grade of B or better in any one of the following courses: Mathematics 110 (effective Fall 2018), 118 (effective Fall 2017), 121, 160, 165, 170, 180, Statistics 101 or 130.
- Grade of B or better in a mathematically oriented or quantitative course in a department in LAS other than Mathematics. Such courses must require Mathematics 090 or 118 as a prerequisite. At present, such courses include Communication 201; Criminology, Law, and Justice 262; Political Science 201; Psychology 343; and Sociology 201.
- Grade of B or better in a logic course in the Department of Philosophy: Philosophy 102 or 210.
- Transfer students may present equivalent courses taken elsewhere, for which they have received a grade of B or better, to satisfy this requirement.
Students may take courses of their choosing to reach the total of 60 semester hours required for pre-public health requirements.
- PUBH 300 – Critical Thinking in Public Health (4 semester hours)
- PUBH 301 – Critical Thinking in Public Health II (2 semester hours)
- PUBH 310 – Public Health and Global Citizenship (3 semester hours)
- PUBH 320 – Ecologies of Health and Modern Life (3 semester hours)
- PUBH 330 – Health Equity and Health Disparities (3 semester hours)
- PUBH 340 – Health Literacy (3 semester hours)
- PUBH 350 – Health Systems, Health Policy (3 semester hours)
- PUBH 360 – Local Citizenship and Community Health Initiatives (4 semester hours)
- PUBH 370 – Using the Public Health Toolbox (3 semester hours)
- PUBH 395 – Professional Topics Seminar (two semesters of enrollment required) (0 semester hours)
- PUBH 410 – Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges I (2 semester hours)
- PUBH 411 – Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges II (2 semester hours)
- PUBH 397 – Baccalaureate Project in Public Health (3 semester hours)
- PUBH 393 – Public Health Fieldwork (required for those in the professional track, optional for students in the academic track) (3 semester hours)
Students in the professional track are required to take PUBH 393: Public Health Fieldwork. Students in the academic track may choose to take PUBH 393 as part of their 15 hours of selectives (see below).
Public Health Selectives (12 or 15 semester hours)
In consultation with their Advisor, students must develop an area of focus and choose 12 -15 hours of courses from the list on the following page that work toward their focus area (students in the professional track select 12 hours and students in the academic track select 15 hours).
PUBH 393: Public Health Fieldwork is a requirement for students in the professional track but may be taken as a selective for those in the academic track.
Public Health Electives (4 semester hours)
Pre-approved by Advisor as relevant to the student’s plan of study.
Free Electives (6 semester hours)