Bachelor of Science in Public Health
About The Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Grounded in science and the study of human health, the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program will provide students multiple coursework and practice-based learning opportunities to explore the effects of urbanization on population health. Taking advantage of UTA's comprehensive academic resources, the proximity to other allied health professionals in our College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and our central geographic location in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, BSPH students will have extensive opportunities to practice and master the skills required for success in today's workforce as a professional in the field of Public Health.
UTA's BS in Public Health is a degree program that blends fundamental public health coursework with the flexibility to choose 20+ hours in electives. This program design allows students the opportunity to combine required courses with a broad selection of university-wide electives to create an academic pathway that aligns with their own individual interests and passions, culminating in an internship in a public health setting. In addition, the goals of the UTA Public Health program strongly align to the University’s Strategic Plan, having deep connections to each of the four themes.
Earning your Bachelor's degree in Public Health is the foundation you need to pursue public health careers that serve to improve health for all community populations. Public Health professionals work in a wide range of health-related settings including epidemiology research, biostatistics, consumer advocacy, policy consulting, community health education, non-profit advocacy and leadership, healthcare administration, occupational health and safety, emergency management, and local and state public health agencies. A map of some of the career possibilities is available here.
Delivery Formats: On-Campus vs. Accelerated Online
The BSPH program is offered through two different course-delivery formats: On Campus and Accelerated Online. Students will have to pick a format before beginning the program, so it is important to consider the advantages of each format:
- The On-Campus format offers a more traditional college experience. Taking your courses on campus enables you to benefit from co-curricular partnerships, events, and other professional development opportunities. It is a more immersive and interactive experience, including regular in-person contact with classmates and instructors, which may be conducive to certain learning styles. Any student or prospective student may apply to be accepted to the On-Campus format.
- The Accelerated Online (AO) format is 100% online and emphasizes flexibility and ease-of-access. Click or tap here for the AO website to learn more about taking courses in the Accelerated Online format. Six start dates a year provide unique access for working professionals, and allows you to concentrate on one, or a few, courses at a time. A student who can commit to the independent learning style required for the AO format may prefer this learning environment. AO allows you to connect to your own local resources and communities. AO is learning where you are, at your own pace, on your own time. A committed student may be able to complete the AO course sequence in as few as 26 months. The AO format is only available to in-state (Texas) residents who have earned at least 45 hours of transfer college credit.
Contact Undergraduate Public Health
Academic Advising: Ready to get started towards a bachelor's degree in Public Health? Talk to an academic advisor: click or tap here to find your advisor.
Undergraduate Public Health Program Director: Becky Garner, DrPH, CPH, Associate Clinical Professor
Degree Plan and Academic Pathways
Introductory Public Health Courses
Want to learn what public health is all about? Are you curious about public health as a discipline or a career? Are you needing a class for your Social/Behavioral Science requirement in the general education core? Introductory Public Health classes have no prerequisites and all majors are welcome!
- KINE 2350 - Public Health: Principles & Populations
What is Public Health? How does it work & why is it important?
Public Health Courses
Undergraduate Courses - 3000 Level
- KINE 3350 - Urbanization and Vulnerable Populations
How does diversity influence the health of a community?
- KINE 3351 - Public Health Informatics
How can information technology be used for Public Health?
- KINE 3352 - Introduction to Public Health Epidemiology
How does Public Health & science protect the community from disease & epidemics?
- KINE 3353 - Health & The Human Condition in the Global Community
How has Public Health changed over time? What are the current issues?
- KINE 3354 - Emergency Preparedness & Management
How does Public Health support community responses to emergencies and disasters?
Undergraduate Courses - 4000 Level
- KINE 4351 – Ethical Practices in Health Professions
What strategies are required for public health, health care, and other allied health care organizations to work together or individually to impact the health of a community?
- KINE 4352 – Public Health Sciences and Methods
How do Public Health professionals develop scientific concepts and research methods to address population health?
- KINE 4353 – Cumulative Experiential Learning Experience
This course is an individualized learning opportunity encouraging the student to gain exposure to local-level public health professionals and/or agencies that engage in public health practice. The student’s community-based project may be an internship, service-learning project, senior seminar, portfolio project, research paper and/or honors thesis.
- KINE 4354 – Public Health Advocacy and Leadership
How do I plan to lead and advocate for population health? What is my leadership philosophy?
- KINE 4355 – Communication for Public Health Professionals
How is public health-specific communication related to the health literacy of populations? How is information communicated to address barriers and unique situations for vulnerable populations?
- KINE 4357 – Preparation for the Public Health Workforce
How do I prepare to be successful in the public health workplace? How do I develop professional communication and teamwork skills? A personal work ethic? Networking?
- HEED 4311 – The Environment and Public Health
How do environmental factors affect health from state, national and global perspectives?
The cross-disciplinary courses in this list are open to all majors.
- HEED 3305 - Women's Health Issues
- HEED 3330 - Consumer Health and Public Health Systems
- HEED 4320 - Studies in Healthy Aging
Requires 60 credits or more for Registration
- MANA 4326 - Diversity in Organizations
Requires 60 credits or more for Registration