Dec 08, 2022
The Public Health degree offers an integrated program of study in the multidimensional aspects of population health, health promotion, and disease/disability prevention. It is suited for students who are interested in epidemiology, social & behavioral health, environmental health, health administration, health policy, and/or biostatistics. A degree in public health is appropriate for students who are interested in working in a wide range of settings including universities, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and health care settings.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Public Health Communication: Students should be able to communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences.
- Public Health Information Literacy: Students should be able to locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information.
- Public Health Data: Students should be able to use and interpret public health data.
School of Public Health
(775) 784-4041, Ext. 223
Health Sciences Advising, OB 104,
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
Use the transfer agreement and the degree planner (available by clicking at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.
If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.
- Total Units | 120
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
- Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units
I. Core General Education Requirements (25-28 units)
NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy .”
Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (7 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses.
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses.
F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
II. Additional Core Requirements (9 units maximum)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9
B. Diversity & Equity - CO10
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses.
C. Global Context - CO11
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses.
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
Choose one course:
F. Application - CO14
Choose one course:
III. Additional Division Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (66 units)
A. Required Public Health (30 units)
B. Additional Science & Math (18 units)
Please check with your advisor for guidance on selecting courses in this section (Part IV. B). Most of the courses listed have pre-requisites and proper sequencing is required.
- Units used to meet the Core Curriculum or the Related Disciplines requirements may not be reused here.
- At least 3 of the required 18 units must be earned in courses numbered 300-499.
- It is recommended that students select one of the following suggested tracks:
- chronic disease and nutrition;
- environmental health;
- infectious disease and biology;
- pre-professional and laboratory sciences;
- data science;
- behavioral health sciences
- Health Sciences advisors can provide students with details on suggested tracks.
ii. Additional Science & Math (15 units)
Earn at least 15 units in courses with the following prefixes APST, BCH, BIOL, CHEM, MATH, MICR, PHYS, STAT, AND/OR the specific courses included in the list below.
C. Public Health Electives (6 units)
Units used to meet the Capstone Integration & Synthesis CO13 requirement above may not be reused here.
- CHS 337 - Aging: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 units)
- CHS 339 - Public Health and the Built Environment (3 units)
- CHS 350 - US Health Care System: Management and Administration (3 units)
- CHS 360 - Disability Issues in Health Ecology (3 units) CO10, CO12
- CHS 370 - Exercise Physiology (4 units)
- CHS 371 - Applied Kinesiology (4 units)
- CHS 381 - Introduction to Health Data Analysis (3 units)
- CHS 405 - Spirituality and Health (3 units) CO13
- CHS 410 - Seminar in Integrative Health (3 units) CO11, CO13
- CHS 415 - Leadership Training in the Health Professions (3 units)
- CHS 416 - Introduction to Risk Assessment (3 units)
- CHS 417 - Quality Improvement in Health Services (3 units)
- CHS 420 - Commercial Determinants of Health (3 units)
- CHS 421 - Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan (3 units) CO13
- CHS 426 - Medical Anthropology (3 units)
- CHS 427 - Toxic Communities and Public Health (3 units)
- CHS 431 - Epidemiology in Global Health (3 units) CO11, CO13
- CHS 436 - Environmental Exposure Assessment (3 units)
- CHS 379 - Public Health Disease Investigation (3 units)
- CHS 440 - Injury and Violence Prevention (3 units) CO13
- CHS 423 - Public Health & the Constitution (3 units) CO10, CO13
- CHS 450 - The History, Science, and Politics of Vaccines (3 units) CO9, CO13
- CHS 459 - Introduction to Health Services Finance (3 units)
- CHS 461 - Global Health Promotion (3 units) CO11, CO13
- CHS 470 - Introduction to Public Health and Aging (3 units) CO13
- CHS 474 - Social Psychology of Public Health (3 units) CO10, CO13
- CHS 475 - Public Health Impact of the War on Drugs (3 units) CO10, CO13
- CHS 476 - AIDS: Psychosocial and Health Care Concerns (3 units) CO10, CO13
- CHS 486 - Transcultural Awareness in Public Health (3 units) CO10
- CHS 492 - Independent Study In HE (1 to 3 units)
- CHS 495 - Special Problems in Public Health (1 to 3 units)
- GERO 431 - A Life Course Perspective on Aging and Society (3 units)
- GERO 440 - Perspectives On Aging (3 units)
- CAS 357 - Behavioral Health in the Justice System (3 units) (required for the pre-professional track)
- CAS 437 - Aging and Addiction (3 units) Cross-listed with GERO 437 and SW 437 (3 units)
- CAS 439 - Exploring Gambling Behaviors (3 units)
- CAS 459 - Special Topics in Addiction (1-3 units)
- CAS 460 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders I (3 units)
D. Related Disciplines (12 units)
Earn at least 12 units in courses with the following prefixes:
ANTH, APST, ATMS, BCH, BIOL, BME, BUS, CAS, CHEM, COM, ECON, EPY, ENV, ETS, GEOG, GERO, HDFS, JOUR, KIN, MATH, MICR, NRES, NUTR, PED, PHAR, PHIL, PHYS, PSC, PSY, SW, SOC, SPA, STAT, WMST.
- at least 6 of the required 12 units must be earned in courses numbered 300-499.
- units used to meet the Core Curriculum or Additional Science & Math requirements above may not be reused here.
Please check prerequisites for specific courses.
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. General Electives (17-20 units)
Contact your advisor for a list of recommended electives.
VII. Recommended Schedule
Use the Planner in MyNEVADA to build a custom graduation plan. Review and adjust the plan in each academic advisement session.
Fall Semester (15-17 units)
Spring Semester (16 units)
Spring Semester (15-17 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (14 units)
- Public Health Elective (3 units)
- 300-400 Level Additional Science & Math (3 units)
- General Elective (2 units)
- 300-400 Level General Elective (3 units)
- 300-400 Level Related Disciplines Elective (3 units)