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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, B.S. in Applied Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 12141) (SIMS Code: 557303) (SIMS Code: 557305 - SDSU Global Campus)

All candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

A minor is not required with this major.


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

See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

Complete one of the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

International Experience

All public health majors are required to participate in a pre-approved 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 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; 

15 Units Selected from the Following

Twelve Units of Electives from

(Area A Electives)

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

Three Units from One of the Following Categories During the Junior or Senior Year:

(Area B Culminating Experience)

Peer Health Education



300-level science courses selected with approval of School of Public Health undergraduate academic adviser.


Must receive approval from the undergraduate public health adviser. Junior or Senior standing in public health. 

  • Units: 3
  • (May satisfy the Area A Public Health Elective or the Area B Public Health/BSPH graduation requirement; cannot be used to satisfy both.)

  • or

  • Units: 1-3
  • (Participation in a public health-related research project or series of research projects under the guidance of a faculty member.)

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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