The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Baccalaureate education provides the foundation for further education in Public Health and/or other specialized health professional fields.


Entering freshmen in the 75th percentile have mid-range SAT and ACT scores of 1410 and/or and 32 respectively. Entering freshmen have an average weighted GPA of 4.2. Transfer students have a mean cumulative GPA of 3.43.

Requirements for Admitted Students:
The course work for the BSPH Program is based on recommendations made by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (2008) for undergraduate course work in Public Health. Students are required to complete 33 credits of Public Health coursework, including 27 credits of core courses and 6 credits of approved Public Health electives.


The School of Nursing and Health Studies will award a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, once a student has completed the requirements listed below.

The Public Health Program offers curricula that are designed to prepare students for public health practice or graduate education in health related fields. Programs of study can be tailored for students wishing to combine Public Health education with a variety of other health related fields (e.g., pre-med, pre-physical therapy).

No minor is required within the Public Health program. However, students have room within their plan of study to pursue a minor if desired.

General Education Requirements


The University of Miami's General Education Requirements ensure that graduates have acquired essential intellectual skills and have engaged a range of academic disciplines. The General Education Requirements provide students with the opportunity to study methodologies and achievements in all areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor, and to cultivate abilities essential for the acquisition of knowledge. The General Education Requirements allow students to create an integrative map for their academic careers, providing a context for more focused studies.


The Areas of Proficiency requirements ensure that students either already possess, or develop at the University, the ability to express themselves effectively, to use mathematics with facility, and to reason cogently.

English Composition
Students fulfill this requirement by satisfactorily completing ENG105 and ENG106, or the equivalent. Appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores in English composition may be used to satisfy this requirement. An appropriate score on the SAT or ACT verbal examination may earn a student exemption from, but not credit for, ENG105.

Writing Across the Curriculum In addition to ENG105 and ENG106, students must complete five courses designated as Writing across the Curriculum (W) courses.

Language A language other than English at the Intermediate level (200 level or higher).

Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science Students fulfill this requirement by completing an approved course in statistics, calculus I and a CSC or CIS course. Exemption from the mathematics requirement or placement in prerequisite courses is based on any of the following tests: AP, IB, or a placement examination administered by the Department of Mathematics.

Social Science Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) or equivalent.


The Areas of Knowledge requirement is designed to help students understand and appreciate intellectual achievements in major areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor. The courses offered in the areas of knowledge provide a broad array of intellectual and cultural exploration. In satisfying these requirements students examine creative expression in the arts, literature, and philosophy; study human development and behavior; and explore the mathematical, scientific, and technological world.

Students fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement by completing three cognates, one from each of the three areas of the university curriculum: Arts & Humanities; People & Society; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.

Arts and Humanities
Arts & Humanities cognates engage students in the study of the most enduring and influential works of art, imagination, and culture. Through study, creation, and performance, courses in this area enable students to understand the works of artists, musicians, novelists, philosophers, playwrights, poets, historians, and theologians. These courses cultivate the ability to interpret, critically evaluate, and experience the creative products of human culture and expression.

People and Society
People & Society cognates help students understand and analyze the organization of society and the patterns of social change, in the past and in the contemporary world.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics cognates develop students’ abilities to think critically about mathematical, scientific, and technological issues, through an understanding of processes and methods of scientific inquiry involving experimentation, observation, and quantitative analysis. The cognates nurture literacies that enable students to make informed decisions in an increasingly complex world.

BS Public Health Plan of Study

Fall Spring
Eng 105 English Comp 3 cr BPH 202 Intro to Statistics 3 cr
Bil 150/151 General Biology w/ Lab 5 cr Eng 106 English Composition II 3 cr
Cognate Arts / Hum 3 cr BPH 206 Intro to Public Health 3 cr
Mth 101 College Algebra 3 cr CHM 103/105 Chemisty 4 cr
UMX 100 Freshman Experience 1 cr Foreign Language 100 level 3 cr
15 cr 16 cr

Fall Spring
BPH 352 Biological Principles of Public Health 3 cr BPH 208 Intro to Epidemiology 3 cr
Foreign Language 200 level 3 cr BPH 309 Health and Environment 3 cr
Cognate Arts and Humanities 3 cr Cognate Arts and Humanities 3 cr
PSY 110 General Psychology 3 cr Cognate STEM 3 cr
Cognate STEM 3 cr Elective Social Science 4 cr
15 cr 15 cr

Fall Spring
BPH 321 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention 3 cr BPH 310 Global Health 3 cr
Cognate STEM 3 cr BPH 322 Intro Health Policy 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
15 cr 15 cr

Fall Spring
BPH 465 Public Health Statistics and Data Management 3 cr BPH 490 Field Practicum in Community Health 3 cr
Public Health Elective 3 cr Public Health Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
15 cr 15 cr
Total Credits 120
Total PH Credits 33

Required Public Health Courses (need: 9x3=27 credits)
  • BPH 206: Introduction to Public Health
  • BPH 208: Introductory Epidemiology
  • BPH 310: Global Health
  • BPH 309: Health and Environment
  • BPH 321: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • BPH 352: Biological Principles of Public Health
  • BPH 465: Public Health Statistics and Data Management
  • BPH 322: Introduction to Health Policy
  • BPH 490: Field Practicum in Community Health

Approved Public Health Electives (need: 2x3=6 credits total)
  • BPH 301: Human Sexuality
  • BPH 303: HIV/AIDS and Health maintenance for Health Care Providers
  • BPH 305: Issues in Health Disparities
  • BPH 306: Principles of Nutrition
  • BPH 317: Human Growth and Development
  • BPH 319: Contemporary Issues in Bioethics for Health Care
  • BPH 355: Global Nutrition
  • BPH 419: Contemporary Health Issues of South Florida
  • BPH 487: Practicum in Global Health (Chile, Spain, etc.)
  • Introduction to Health Sector Management (School of Business)
  • Health Care Law and Ethics (School of Business, permission from instructor)
  • Health Care Marketing (School of Business, permission from instructor)
  • Introduction to Health Informatics (School of Business, junior standing is required)
  • International Migration and the Health Care System (INS 599) (Permission from Instructor)
  • Physical activity & health (School of Education)

Additional Program Requirements
  • BIL 150/151
  • CHM 103/105 or 111/113
  • Social Science class
  • PSY 110 or equivalent


A minor in Public Health is offered. The minor in Public Health consists of 12 credits including: HCS 206 Introduction to Public Health (3 cr.), HCS 208 Introductory Epidemiology (3 cr.) plus two Public Health electives.