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 1400 and/or and 32 respectively. Entering freshmen have an average weighted GPA of 4.2. Transfer students have a mean cumulative GPA of 3.44. Students who wish to transfer into the BSPH program must do so before the end of their junior year at the university and have an overall GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0. Transfer students must meet with an undergraduate advisor from the School of Nursing and Health Studies to ensure they have taken the appropriate courses and can graduate from the program in a timely manner.
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 electives.
PUBLIC HEALTH COURSES (Required)
APPROVED PUBLIC HEALTH ELECTIVES* (choose a minimum of 2 courses)
||Introduction to Public Health
||Health and the Environment
||Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
||Biological Principles of Public Health
||BPH 206, BIL 150/151, CHM 103/105 or CHM 111/113
||Public Health Statistics and Data Management
||BPH 202, 206
||Field Practicum in Community Health
All Required coursework for BSPH. Student must be enrolled in BSPH program.
|HST 536 or
|Health Policy or
Introduction to Health Policy
||Human Sexuality & Vulnerable Populations
||HIV/AIDS and Health Maintenance for Health Care Providers
||Permission of Instructor
||Issues in Health Disparities
||Principles of Nutrition
||Sophomore Standing or by permission
||Human Growth and Development
||Contemporary Issues in Bioethics for Health Care
||BPH 206 or by permission
||Contemporary Issues in South Florida
|| Global Health Practicum
||BPH 206 or Permission of Instructor
||Physical Activity & Health
||Health Sector Administration
||Introduction to Health Informatics
||MKT 201 or 301 or Permission of chair
||Health Care Law & Ethics
||Immigration & Health Care System
||BSL 212 or Equivalent
||Health Care Marketing
* Additional Public Health electives may be approved by Health Studies group faculty.
The School of Nursing and Health Studies will award a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, once a student has completed the requirements listed.
The Public Health Program offers curricula that are designed to prepare students for public health practice or graduate education in health related fields.
Pre-Medical or Pre-Physical Therapy:
Program of study can be tailored for students wishing to combine Public Health education with a variety of other health related fields such as pre-medicine or 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:
English Composition (3-6 credits)
Except as indicated below, students must take English 105 and 106 (or its equivalent) during the first year of enrollment. Admission to ENG 105 requires a placement score acceptable to the Department of English. Students whose placement scores are deemed unacceptably low will be required to take the non-credit course, ENG 103, before taking ENG 105 and 106. Such students must fulfill the English Composition requirement within the first three semesters. Students whose placement scores are high may be exempted from ENG 105 but not from ENG 106 or its equivalent.
Language (3 credits)
- A language other than English at the intermediate (200 level or higher).
Natural World (9 credits)
- BPH 202 – Intro to Statistics for Health Care or equivalent
Arts and Humanities (12 credits)
- BIL 150/151 General Biology with Lab (5 credits)
- CHM 103/105 (4 credits)
People and Society (6 credits)
- At least three credits must be earned in each area:
- Fine Arts: courses in the departments of Art and Art History, Dance (DAN 250 only), Musicology (only the following: either MCY 131 or MCY 132, but not both, MCY 325, MCY 361 and MCY 362), Music Theory (MTC 125 only), and Theatre Arts (THA 101 only) count toward this requirement.
- Literature: courses in the departments of English (200-level and higher) and Foreign Languages and Literatures (300-level and higher) count toward this requirement.
- Philosophy and Religious Studies: courses in the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies count toward this requirement.
- An additional 3 credits from above.
Writing (5 courses)
PUBLIC HEALTH MINOR
A minor in Public Health
- PSY 110 – Introductory Psychology (3 credits).
- An additional 3 credits from the following Social Science disciplines:
- African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology (except APY 203), Economics, Geography and Regional Studies (except GEG 120), History, International Studies, a Judaic Studies Social Science course, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. No more than three credits may be earned in any one discipline.
is offered. The minor in Public Health consists of 12 credits including: BPH 206 Introduction to Public Health (3 cr), BPH 208 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr), and two approved Public Health electives (3 credits each).