Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health Sciences Program Requirements

There are two tracks within the major:

1. Social Science Track
2. Science Track

Both tracks prepare students for entry-level public health positions and graduate school. The social science track is a good match for students who thrive in the social and behavioral sciences. The science track is intended for students interested in research, epidemiology, biostatistics, pre-med, pre-nursing, and physician assistant school. This track is a good match for students who excel in math and science.

Each track consists of four components: math and statistics courses, foundation courses; public health courses, and courses chosen from collateral fields related to public health. The collateral field component is designed to ensure a background knowledge that supports critical thinking and creative problem-solving for current Public Health issues. The breadth of this classification provides students the opportunity to explore areas of particular interest and relevance to public health, drawing connections between disciplines in ways that foster awareness of complex issues. For more information, visit our Collateral Field page.

Students may choose tracks based on their interests and academic strengths. The required public health courses in each track are aligned to introduce students to the five recognized public health core competencies: community health education; health policy and management; environmental health sciences; epidemiology; and, biostatistics. 

The interdisciplinary curriculum has been designed to be flexible enough to prepare students for the many diverse opportunities present in the health and medical fields, and because of the diversity of these occupational possibilities in public health, the courses taken depend upon the type of career the students desires.

Note: PUBHLTH 494CI Public Health Sciences Capstone Course (3 credits) fulfills the Integrative Experience General Education requirement and is required of all Public Health Sciences majors. This capstone course is designed to give public health students the opportunity to bring together all their knowledge from other courses into one cumulating experience.
Gen-Ed Requirements are listed on the Registrar's website.

If you have questions about any of the program requirements, please contact:

Undergraduate Program Advisor
Megan Griffin
Arnold House, Room 305
Phone: (413) 545-2523
Email: megriffin@schoolph.umass.edu