Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Public Health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. A Bachelor in Public Health is an undergraduate degree, which trains students in the essential skills needed to plan, initiate and manage healthcare programs. Research has shown the impact of healthy lifestyles on the rate of incidence of illnesses and on increasing longevity; hence, public health is now considered a very significant area of study.

To apply to UAB, you’ll need to submit all of these things:

  • a completed UAB application and the appropriate application fee
  • your official high school transcript (which should be mailed directly to UAB from your high school)
  • your official ACT or SAT score report

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Degree Concentration

The bachelor's degree is designed to give students a foundational understanding of public health issues and methods. The UAB School of Public Health will offer a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in the following three concentrations:

Environmental Health Concentration

A degree in Environmental Health Sciences will prepare you to protect both the environment and workers by identifying and eliminating health hazards. The environmental health sciences concentration will teach you to identify toxins and their effects on human and natural populations. Environmental scientists work in public and private sector careers to address problems such as pollution, water safety, and ecosystem protection.

Environmental Health 2014-2015 Curriculum Planning Sheet


Global Health Concentration

As a student in the Global Health concentration you will learn about health conditions that affect people around the world and associated challenges that make these issues difficult to address such as poverty, cultural beliefs, and population dynamics. This program will prepare you to work both locally and globally in public health by studying the effects of disease and learning how to plan and implement public health programs.

Global Health 2014-2015 Curriculum Planning Sheet


Public Health Preparedness Concentration

Public Health Preparedness Concentration - With the increase in prevalence and magnitude of natural disasters, it is important for organizations and communities to be prepared for emergencies. In the preparedness concentration, you will learn about disasters from an economic, historical, and policy perspective. You will also learn to develop and evaluate emergency preparedness plans.

Preparedness 2014-2015 Curriculum Planning Sheet


Undergraduate Student Advisor

Nicole Gravitt, M.A.Ed

Ryals School For Public Health
Suite 120C
Office telephone number: (205) 934-7759

Degree Curriculum

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Curriculum Planning Sheet - Fall 2013

Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Minimum Total Credit Hours Required for B.S. degree is 120 
Course Name Term Course Available Credit Hours
Fall Spr Sum
First Year Experience (for students entering UAB w/ less than 24 credit hours earned)
PUH 101 (or approved FYE course) X     1
Core Curriculum (41 hours from approved list)
AREA I:  Written Composition (6 hours)
EH 101:  English Composition I  X  X  X 3
EH 102:  English Composition II  X  X  X 3
Students must earn a "C" or better in both EH 101 and EH 102          
AREA II:  Fine Arts & Humanities (12 hours)
EH 2xx (literature)  X  X  X 3
Fine Art (ARH 101, 203, 204, 206; MU 120; THR 100, 105, 200)  X  X  X 3
Area II elective  X  X  X 3
Area II elective  X  X  X 3
Students must have EITHER a literature sequence with one history OR a history sequence with one literature to complete the core curriculum.
AREA III:  Natural Sciences and Mathematics (11 hours)
MA 105 (or higher)       3
Natural Science with lab (CH 105/106 or CH 115/116)*       4
Natural Science with lab (BY 101/102 or BY 123)       4
AREA IV:  History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
HY (101, 102, 104, 105, 120, or 121)  X  X  X 3
Area IV elective  X  X  X 3
Area IV elective (non-history)  X  X  X 3
Area IV elective (non-history)  X  X  X 3
Students must have EITHER a literature sequence with one history OR a history sequence with one literature to complete the core curriculum.
*CH 115/116 should be taken for the Environmental Health Sciences concentration 
Public Health Core Classes (39 hours) 
PUH 201-Origins of Epidemics X     3
PUH 202-Intro to Global Health X     3
PUH 204-Health Meets Life:  Sex, Drugs, Weight and other Health Behaviors   X   3
PUH 210-Biological Basis of Public Health  X     3
PUH 250-Biostatistics   X   3
PUH 300-Environmental Factors in Public Health X     3
PUH 302-Epidemiology: Beyond the Outbreak    X   3
PUH 306-Information Literacy and Communication in Public Health   X   3
PUH 307-Public Health Systems  X     3
PUH 309-Health Disparities in Diverse Populations  X     3
PUH 405-Managing PH Programs      X 3
PUH 493-Public Health Service Learning  (X) X (X) 3
PUH 495-Public Health Capstone Experience  (X) X (X) 3
Public Health Concentration Area Courses (21 hours) ENH, HCO or GHS (21 hours)
General Electives (remaining hours needed to complete the TOTAL degree hours of 120)