Bachelor in Public Health

University of Colorado, Denver

Program Description

Bachelor in Public Health

University of Colorado, Denver

In response to the tremendous career and research opportunities in public health, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) have created an undergraduate major in Public Health, comprised of both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. All core classes for the public health major will be team taught with one faculty from the Downtown Campus (CLAS) and the other from the Anschutz Campus (CSPH).

The Public Health major will expose students to multiple academic disciplines. CSPH provides instructors with public health experience and a public health perspective, as well as a rich network of conections to public health providers who can provide internship experiences for Public Health majors. CLAS provides more than 100 public health electives in 14 different academic departments, as well as the basic prerequisite classes required of all undergraduates such as mathematics and English composition. Students can explore developing their own programs of study with other UC Denver schools including the School of Public Affairs, College of Nursing, College of Engineering and Applied Science, among others.

The new degree is designed to accommodate as many student interests as possible. At UC Denver, we are committed to helping students develop their own individualized educational path; we strive to serve the needs of both the student who wishes to specialize in communication strategies for effective public health education campaigns as well as the student who wants to hasten the translation of the latest bench science technologies into public heatlh practice. To this end, the proposed major consists of both a BS and BA track.

What is Public Health?

Public health is working to protect the environment, identifying sources of illness in population groups, controlling disease outbreaks, evaluating the economic impacts of changing demographics, developing interventions to promote healthy behavior, and producing health policy legislation. Public health draws from a broad array of disciplines, such as the social and behavioral sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, business, economics, statistics, epidemiology, law and biology, and each provide unique insights for the diverse set of activities involved in public health practice.

The Major

Two options will be available for the undergraduate major in Public Health: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). After completion of the program students will have a broad background that will serve as the foundation for a variety of career paths, such as immediate entry into public health positions, background training for a professional school such as law school, or the pursuit of an advanced degree such as a master's or PhD in the social sciences.

Admissions Requirements

We're thrilled that you're interested in applying to the University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Anyone applying for admission to a college or university for the first time after graduating from high school (or earning a GED) is a freshman for admission purposes. Students who completed college courses while still in high school may have credits considered in transfer, but they still apply as freshmen students.

Freshman Admission

Freshman admission consideration for both in-state and out-of-state students is based primarily upon:

  • Quality and number of high school courses (units) attempted (a rigorous academic program of study is preferred)
  • The admission index, which is a numeric score calculated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education based on GPA or rank in class and ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Optional personal essay and letters of recommendation. Though not required, a personal statement or essay and/or letters of recommendation may be considered in the admissions review process

General Admission

You are a strong candidate for general admission if:

  • Your index is 93 or higher
  • You have completed all HEAR requirements AND have no more than two MAPS unit deficiencies

Housing Requirement Unless living at home with parents, freshmen under age 20 must live at Campus Village, which is an apartment style housing complex adjacent to campus. For additional information about floor plans, meal plans, leases and other exemption criteria, see the housing Web site. ​​

How to Apply

Freshmen

Be sure you have read the CLAS Undergraduate Admission Requirements and the Office of Admissions procedures before you apply. You may submit the online application for undergraduate admission or request an application from the Office of Admissions or by calling us at 303.556.2704. You may also obtain an application at your school's counseling office.

Transfer students

Be sure you have read the CLAS Undergraduate Admission Requirements and the Office of Admissions procedures before you apply. You may submit the online application for undergraduate admission or request an application from the Office of Admissions or by calling us at 303.556.2704. You may also obtain an application at your school's counseling office. For information on transfer planning, please visit the Admissions site and download the most current PDF.

Transferring from another CU system campus

Be sure you have read the CLAS Undergraduate Admission Requirements. See the Office of Admissions for the procedures.

International students

Be sure you have read the CLAS Undergraduate Admission Requirements. See the Office of International Affairs for the procedures to apply as an international student.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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