BA in Public Health

Degree Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health degree from UIC, students need to complete the university and school degree requirements. University and school degree requirements for all School of Public Health students are outlined below. Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for more information on completing the General Education requirements.

Summary of Requirements
Pre-Public Health (includes 9 semester hours of PUBH prerequisites)60
Major Course Requirements in Public Health35
Public Health Fieldwork a3
Selectives12-15
Electives: Preapproved by advisor as relevant to plan of study4
Free Electives6
Total Hours120
a

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.

Pre-Public Health

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Foreign language (16 hours in a single language or equivalent) a16
Quantitative Reasoning course b3-5
PUBH 100Health and the Public c, d 3
PUBH 110Public Health and Global Societies c, e3
PUBH 120Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics f3
Analyzing the Natural World: two courses required, including PUBH 120 (see above) and a life science course with a lab as indicated below.
Life Science course4-5
Select one of the following:
Human Evolution
Biology of Cells and Organisms
Biology of Populations and Communities
Biology for Non-majors
Exploring World Cultures course g, i3
Understanding U.S. Society course h, i3
Understanding the Individual and Society course g, h, i3
Understanding the Past course i3
Understanding the Creative Arts course i3
Additional General Education course(s) from any category, as necessary to total 24 hours of General Education credit. i1-3
Free electives to total 60 hours1-12
Total Hours60
a

If a student has a background in a foreign language, proficiency in that language will be determined by testing. Should a student be deemed proficient, other course work is chosen for this credit hour requirement. See the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement for further explanation. 

b

See Quantitative Reasoning in the School of Public Health section. 

c

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society. Courses approved for more than one General Education category may only be applied to one General Education category. 

d

This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category. Courses approved for more than one General Education category may only be applied to one General Education category. 

e

This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures. Courses approved for more than one General Education category may only be applied to one General Education category. 

f

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category (nonlaboratory course). 

g

 Students must take a course approved for this General Education category if not fulfilled by PUBH 110.

h

Students must take a course approved for this General Education category if not fulfilled by PUBH 100.

i

Students should consult the General Education section of the 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. 

Major Course Requirements in Public Health

Required Major Courses
PUBH 300Critical Thinking in Public Health4
PUBH 301Critical Thinking in Public Health II2
PUBH 310Public Health and Global Citizenship3
PUBH 320Ecologies of Health and Modern Life3
PUBH 330Health Equity and Health Disparities3
PUBH 340Health Literacy3
PUBH 350Health Systems, Health Policy3
PUBH 360Local Citizenship and Community Health Initiatives4
PUBH 370Using the Public Health Toolbox3
PUBH 410Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges I2
PUBH 411Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges II2
PUBH 397Baccalaureate Project in Public Health3
PUBH 395Professional Topics Seminar0
Total Hours35

Public Health Fieldwork

Additional Major Course
PUBH 393Public Health Fieldwork (required for those in the professional track, optional for students in the academic track) a3
Total Hours3
a

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. 

Selectives and Electives

Courses
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 Studies 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.12-15
Electives: preapproved by advisor as relevant to the student's plan of study.4
Free Electives6
Total Hours22-25

Sample Course Schedule

Note that students in specific preprofessional tracks (e.g., pre-medicine) will likely need additional credit hours in order to obtain all admission requirements for professional programs.

Plan of Study Grid
Junior Year
Fall SemesterHours
PUBH 300 Critical Thinking in Public Health 4
PUBH 330 Health Equity and Health Disparities 3
PUBH 350 Health Systems, Health Policy 3
PUBH 395 Professional Topics Seminar 0
Elective(s) 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
PUBH 301 Critical Thinking in Public Health II 2
PUBH 320 Ecologies of Health and Modern Life 3
PUBH 340 Health Literacy 3
PUBH 360 Local Citizenship and Community Health Initiatives 4
PUBH 395 Professional Topics Seminar 0
One elective/selective course 3
 Hours15
Summer Semester
PUBH 393 Public Health Fieldwork (may be taken any time from this point forward) 3
 Hours3
Senior Year
Fall Semester
PUBH 370 Using the Public Health Toolbox 3
PUBH 410 Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges I 2
Three elective/selective courses 9
 Hours14
Spring Semester
PUBH 310 Public Health and Global Citizenship 3
PUBH 397 Baccalaureate Project in Public Health 3
PUBH 411 Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges II 2
Two elective/selective courses 6
 Hours14
 Total Hours60