BS in Public Health (Occupational Health and Safety)

Units required for Major: 58-63

Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

The academic area of study in Public Health is part of the College of Health and Human Services. Students pursue a Public Health concentration leading to a degree with specialization and job skills applicable to one of three professional areas of study: community health, healthcare administration, or occupational health and safety. The faculty supports the idea of focused academic preparation in each concentration such that Public Health BS graduates will have job appeal in their chosen professional field.

Students can expect to be involved, both in class and field experiences, in areas that deal with significant issues within general Public Health practice and within each concentration, such as health care costs and quality, consumer health issues, alcohol and other drugs, human sexuality, health promotion, health management and administration, unintentional injury causes and prevention, and other personal, occupational, and community health and safety issues.

The Public Health Bachelor of Science program at Sacramento State is a highly sought-after degree. Due to the large number of applications, the program has a pre-major status. Students wishing to become Public Health majors must complete a series of required lower division courses in order to be eligible to declare the major. Students should check the Department website for requirements and speak with the Public Health academic advisor to help with their academic plans.

Note: Students graduating with a BS in Public Health (all concentrations) will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.

Pre-Major Requirements

Freshman or transfer students interested in the Public Health Major are admitted as Pre-Major Public Health students.

To change to a Public Health major, all students are required to complete the follow grade and course requirements and submit a Declaration of Major form to the Public Health Department along with transcript copies:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic standing.
  2. Completion of the Pre-Major Required Courses with a "C" or better in each course. Only first or second attempts will be considered.
  3. Completion of more than 45 units.

Additional Information

Repeat Policy: Public Health majors can only repeat Public Health courses one time if they receive less than a "C." Students must meet with their academic advisor before petitioning the department to repeat the course. Refer to the Repeat Policy section of the Sacramento State Catalog for additional information.

Credit by Examination: A student who seeks course credit by examination is to enroll in the course to be challenged. No course may be challenged after the first two weeks of the semester. The instructor of the course will conduct an assessment of the student's readiness for the challenge for credit examination. Refer to Credit by Examination section of the Sacramento State Catalog.

Advising: It will be necessary to work very closely with an advisor to complete the BS degree in a timely manner. Therefore, the Public Health faculty strongly recommends that all Public Health students consult with an advisor prior to enrollment for any course. This procedure should be followed each semester.

Program Requirements

Required Pre-Major (Lower Division) Courses (16 Units)
BIO 25Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 26Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 6AIntroduction to General Chemistry 15
STAT 1Introduction to Statistics 13
Required Upper Division Courses (15-16 Units)
PUBH 118Introduction to Public Health (This has been revised to Introduction in Public Health)3
PUBH 147Health Data Analysis3
PUBH 148Epidemiology3
PUBH 151Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System3
PUBH 195Fieldwork - Health or Safety3 - 4
Concentrations (27-31 Units)
Select one concentration from the following:27 - 31
Community Health Education
Health Care Administration
Occupational Health and Safety
Total Units58-63

Note: Public Health courses depend upon concentration, permission of the faculty advisor, program coordinator, and department chair.

Concentration in Occupational Health and Safety (27 - 31 units)

CHEM 6BIntroduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry3 - 5
or CHEM 20 Organic Chemistry Lecture--Brief Course
PUBH 100Fundamentals of Safety and Health3
PUBH 106Occupational Health3
PUBH 107Occupational Safety3
PUBH 108Occupational Health and Safety Laws and Regulations3
PUBH 109Cause and Control of Occupational Loss3
Select three of the following:9 - 11
Microbiology for Allied Health Students
General Microbiology
Environment and the Law
Environmental Toxicology
American Environmental History 1
Principles of Risk Management and Insurance
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound 1
Physics In Our World
Total Units27-31

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (6 Units)
B1 - Physical Science 20
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5 20
B4 - Math Concepts 20
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area Course C3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (6-9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 30 - 3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies (3 Units)
Area F Course3
Total Units39-42

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (6 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 20