BS/BA in Public Health

General

Program Description

Overview

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) offers two undergraduate degree options: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) for students focused on public health practice and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (BAPH) for liberal studies. SPHIS is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). A degree in public health provides students with the skills they need to improve the health of populations and communities, as well as alleviate the suffering caused by disease, injuries and health disparities. Public Health majors learn how to inquire, challenge and explore options that promote the health and well-being of the community.

Residence Life - A Public Health Living Learning Community (PHLLC) brings together students wishing to pursue a career in public health. This residential community fosters exploration of this career path through courses, programming, services, and connections to campus and community resources. The PHLLC resides in Community Park and accommodates up to 16 slots. To participate, students must complete an application for housing and a PHLLC Application.

What can I do with a degree in Public Health?

A BS or BA in Public Health prepares students for positions in specific sectors of public health, health services, and public policy, with career opportunities in health education, health care administration, health research, environmental health, and more. Examples of job settings could include colleges and universities, federal and state health agencies, and community and international organizations. Both degrees prepare students for advanced degrees in public health, law, and clinical health professions (ie: PA, PT, Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry).

Admissions

Admission requirements depend on a student’s educational and public health experience, described in the following table.

Category

Required Credent

ials

Matriculation

Status

Criteria

Entering first‐year student

  • Application and fee
  • High school transcript
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS (International Students)

Good standing

  • One of:
    • Graduation from accredited high school
    • Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests
  • High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • ACT/SAT score of 19/940 or higher
  • TOEFL/IELTS score of 79/6.5 or higher

Transfer student with fewer than 24 credit hours

  • Application and fee
  • High school transcript
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • College transcripts

Good standing

  • College GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • One of:
    • Graduation from accredited high school
    • Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests
  • High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • ACT/SAT score of 19/940 or higher

Transfer student with 24 credit hours or more

  • Application and fee
  • College transcripts

Good standing

  • College GPA of 2.0 or higher

Post‐baccalaureate student

  • Application and fee
  • College transcripts

Good standing

  • Degree posted

Curriculum Requirements

UofL Cardinal Core Requirements

31 hours

Public Health Core Requirements

42 hours
Programmatic Courses/Electives 47 hours
Total Credit Hours

120

Accelerated Master in Public Health (MPH) Program

Undergraduates interested in pursuing the Accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH) program option must be enrolled in our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the public health program. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.25. The accelerated curriculum allows students to take up to 15 graduate credit hours of the MPH core course work during their undergraduate studies. The 15 credit hours will count towards the completion of both the BA and MPH degrees.

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Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university's 12 colleges and schools. Read less
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