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Public Health

Bachelor of Science

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Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement thanks to a locale rich in history, research opportunities, and university academic resources.

Major Details

College: Zuckerman College of Public Health
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health requirement page for more information.

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA Online

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 112 College Algebra 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I or 101A 4
Tier I General Education 3
N SC 170C1 Nutrition, Food and You 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II or 101B 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Lab I 1
PSIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CPH 178 Personal Health & Wellness 3
CPH 300 3
4th Semester
PSIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
CPH 375 Intro to Environ & Occu Health 3
CPH 310 Health Care in the U.S. 3
CPH Track 3
Elective 3
CPH 309 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
6th Semester
CPH 387 Health Disparities & Minor Health 3
CPH 376 Intro to Health Sciences Statistics 3
CPH 350 Principles of Health Educ & Promotion 3
CPH Track 3
Elective 1
CPH Elective 3
7th Semester
CPH 478 or NSC 310 3
CPH Track 3
CPH Elective 3
CPH Elective 3
ENGL 307 or 308 Business Writing or Technical Writing 3
8th Semester
CPH 433 Global Health 3
CPH Elective 3
CPH 493A Field Work Health Education 6

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The Public Health major combines foundations in biology, chemistry, nutrition, and communications with coursework in epidemiology, health education, statistics, and health care systems as well as specialized study in the Environmental and Occupational, Health Behaviors, or Health Delivery tracks. Graduates may work as educators, advocates, program coordinators, researchers, policy advisors, health communications professionals, or safety specialists. This major is also excellent preparation for medical, law, pharmacy, or nursing school or graduate studies in public health, public policy, geography, social work, or family and consumer sciences. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Policy
  • Education
  • Service coordination
  • Communications
  • Safety inspection
  • Workplace health promotion
  • Evaluation

Sample Employers

  • Health departments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Lobbying firms
  • Research institutes
  • School districts
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Extension offices
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance companies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Grant Coordinator $36,143 - $43,271
Occupational Safety Specialist $38,800 - $64,700
Public Administrator $49,000 - $66,000
Environmental Health Inspector $51,000 - $61,500
Health Services Manager $51,300 - $84,300
Community Health Consultant $26,700 - $45,800
Health Policy Analyst $30,000 - $60,000
Patient Advocate $24,000 - $55,000
Extension Agent $22,240 - $68,350
Community Health Worker $22,600 - $38,100
Assistant Director of Hospital Public Relations $25,000 - $47,000
Health Promotion and Wellness Coordinator $28,000 - $63,000
Health Service Administrator, Federal Government $41,450 - $87,200
Community Developer $25,000 - $45,000