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2022/2023 University Catalog 
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, Emphasis in Environmental Health, B.S. Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 12141) (SIMS Code: 557306)


The undergraduate public health major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the public health major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Receive a grade of B (3.0) or better in P H 101  and P H 292 . These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  2. Complete each remaining course in preparation for the major with a minimum grade of C. These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.90 or better.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10, or taking RWS 305W  or LING 305W  with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See Graduation Requirements  for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience

All public health majors are required to participate in a preapproved international experience to increase awareness of cross-cultural issues, global health, economic, political, cultural, social services, and health challenges experienced by local populations in international environments. Students participate in residence for two or more weeks (exemption from the study abroad portion of the requirement must be approved by the dean of the college based on serious and compelling life events or physical limitations; a relevant course and community service activity in the U.S. will be substituted). Specific details can be found on the college website at http://www.chhs.sdsu.edu/international.

To meet the international experience requirement, majors must complete one of the following:

  1. A CSU Study Abroad Program;
  2. An SDSU Exchange Program;
  3. An SDSU Study Abroad Program;
  4. An SDSU Study Travel Program;


  1. One course selected from:

And 15 Units

At least 15 units selected from the following:


Other electives as selected and offered by the School of Public Health, with approval of academic adviser.

C. Three Units from One of the Following Categories:


Internship from a list of selected public health agencies.


Science courses selected with approval of School of Public Health undergraduate academic adviser.


P H 499   and completion of a senior research paper under guidance of a faculty member. Must receive approval from the undergraduate public health adviser. Senior standing in public health and P H 402 , P H 490A , P H 490B , and credit or concurrent registration in P H 490C .


Upon completion of emphasis, students have the option to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) certification examination with the State of California. Prior to the examination, students should take an additional year of physics laboratory courses.

Time Limitation

All public health courses taken for the major must have been taken and completed within seven years of the granting of the undergraduate degree. Courses taken prior to the seven year rule must be repeated. This policy applies to courses taken at SDSU or transferred from another four-year college or university or appropriate courses from a community college. No exceptions will be made to this policy.

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