BS in Public Health (Community Health Education)

Pre-Major Requirements

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

To declare the Public Health major, all students are required to complete the following 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, as identified in the Program Requirements, 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: Health Science majors and minors can only repeat Health Science 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 Health Science faculty strongly recommends that all Health Science students consult with an advisor prior to enrollment for any course. This procedure should be followed each semester.

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 118Community Health3
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 Community Health Education (27 units)

PUBH 100Fundamentals of Safety and Health3
PUBH 112Disease Prevention3
PUBH 114Human Ecology and Health3
PUBH 116Public Health Administration and Policy3
PUBH 119Community Health Education3
PUBH 134Understanding Human Sexuality3
PUBH 144Community Health Planning and Evaluation3
PUBH 150Aging and Health3
Select one of from the following:3
Global Health
Health Psychology
Consumer Health Education
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Total Units27

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 (9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units39

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