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.

BPH 206 Introduction to Public Health None
BPH 208 Introductory Epidemiology None
BPH 309 Health and the Environment BPH 206
BPH 310 Global Health BPH 206
BPH 321 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention BPH 206
BPH 352 Biological Principles of Public Health BPH 206, BIL 150/151, CHM 103/105  or CHM 111/113
BPH 465 Public Health Statistics and Data Management BPH 202, 206
BPH 490 Field Practicum in Community Health

All Required coursework for BSPH. Student must be enrolled in BSPH program.

HST 536 or
BPH 322
Health Policy or
Introduction to Health Policy

APPROVED PUBLIC HEALTH ELECTIVES* (choose a minimum of 2 courses)
BPH 301 Human Sexuality & Vulnerable Populations BPH 206
BPH 303 HIV/AIDS and Health Maintenance for Health Care Providers Permission of Instructor
BPH 305 Issues in Health Disparities BPH 206
BPH 306 Principles of Nutrition Sophomore Standing or by permission
BPH 317 Human Growth and Development None
BPH 319 Contemporary Issues in Bioethics for Health Care BPH 206 or by permission
BPH 355 Global Nutrition BPH 206
BPH 419 Contemporary Issues in South Florida BPH 206
BPH 487 Global Health Practicum BPH 206 or Permission of Instructor
KIN 155 Physical Activity & Health None
MGT 270 Health Sector Administration None
CIS 450 Introduction to Health Informatics MKT 201 or 301 or Permission of chair
BSL 460 Health Care Law & Ethics None
INS 599 Immigration & Health Care System BSL 212 or Equivalent
MKT 388 Health Care Marketing None

* 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).

Mathematics (3credits)
  • BPH 202 – Intro to Statistics for Health Care or equivalent

Natural World (9 credits)
  • BIL 150/151 General Biology with Lab (5 credits)
  • CHM 103/105 (4 credits)

Arts and Humanities (12 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.

People and Society (6 credits)
  • 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.

Writing (5 courses)


A minor in Public Health 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).