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Degree Requirements


Public Health and Health Equity Major, BA

(a minimum of 39 semester course credits)

Required:

Public Health and Health Equity

PHE 001 Introduction to Public Health (3)

PHE 100 Theories and Praxis of Health Equity (4)

PHE 002 Health Advocacy Program (2) or
other approved internship
PHE 002 is in community partnership with Highland Hospital and must be taken for at least two terms, both of which can be awarded academic credit. 

Quantitative Competency

ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (3) or equivalent

Research and Policy

ETHS 190 Research Methods with Communities of Color* (4)

GOVT 121 The Public Policy-Making Process (3) or
PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy (3)

Natural Sciences

BIO 010N Introductory Biology for Health Sciences (4)

Social Determinants of Health

ECON 140 Health Economics (3) or
PSYC 109 Health Psychology* (3-4) or
SOC 142 Medical Sociology (3)

Senior Requirement

ETHS 191 Senior Seminar (4) or
PPOL 191 Senior Seminar (4)

Electives (9)
Select three from the list below:
Note: a course being used to satisfy one of the other major requirements cannot also count as an elective. For example, PSYC 109 cannot satisfy the Social Determinants of Health requirement AND count as an elective.

ECON 130 Economics of Poverty, Inequality and Discrimination (3)

ECON 140 Health Economics (3)

ETHS 039 Raíces (Roots): Latin America and the Caribbean (3)

ETHS 041 Inventing the “Other”: Policing Difference (3)

ETHS 047 The “Third World”: Colonialism and Globalization (3)

ETHS 112 Race, Gender and the Environment (3)

ETHS 157 Race, Gender and the Criminal Justice System (3)

ETHS 166 Women of Color in Social Movements (3)

GOVT 121 Public Policy-Making Process (3)

PHIL 065 Bioethics: Medicine, Law and Philosophy (3)

PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy (3)

PPOL 100 Methods of Policy Analysis (3)

PPOL 114 Social Policy Analysis (3)

PSYC 109 Health Psychology* (3)

SOC 055 Introduction to Sociology (3)

SOC 142 Medical Sociology (3)

SOC 156 Sociology of Oakland (4)

WGSS 071 Introduction to Women’s Studies (4)

WGSS 072 Introduction to Queer Studies (4)

WGSS 135 Race, Sexuality and the State (3)

WGSS 172 Transnational Sexualities (3)


Public Health and Health Equity Major, Health Sciences Concentration (PHE Science), BA

(a minimum of 45 semester course credits)

Required:

Public Health and Health Equity

PHE 001 Introduction to Public Health (3)

PHE 100 Theories and Praxis of Health Equity (4)

PHE 002 Health Advocacy Program (2) or
other approved internship
PHE 002 is in community partnership with Highland Hospital and must be taken for at least two terms, both of which can be awarded academic credit. 

Quantitative Competency

ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (3) or equivalent

Research and Policy

ETHS 190 Research Methods with Communities of Color* (4)

GOVT 121 The Public Policy-Making Process (3) or
PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy (3)

Natural Sciences

BIO 001 General Biology I with Lab (4)

BIO 153 Human Physiology* (3)

CHEM 017 General Chemistry I (4)

CHEM 018 General Chemistry II (4)

CHEM 105 Organic Chemistry I (4)

Social Determinants of Health

ECON 140 Health Economics (3) or
PSYC 109 Health Psychology* (3-4) or
SOC 142 Medical Sociology (3)

Senior Requirement

ETHS 191 Senior Seminar (4) or
PPOL 191 Senior Seminar (4)

*Course with a prerequisite that is not part of the major

Note for Pre-Medical students: Students interested in medical school that are pursuing a BA in Public Health and Health Equity Studies with a Health Sciences concentration should also take the following courses:

BIOC 141 Protein Chemistry and Enzymology (3)

BIOC 142 Metabolism and Proteomics (3) or
BIO 100 Microbiology (4) or
BIO 135 Genetics (4)

CHEM 106 Organic Chemistry II (4)

PHYS 61 Physics I (4)

PHYS 62 Physics II (4)

These courses are not part of the BA in Health Equity, but are important preparatory courses for medical school. It is important that each pre-med student consults with a pre-med advisor at the very beginning of their undergraduate career. Please see the Medicine/Health Sciences webpage.


Public Health and Health Equity Major, Health Sciences Concentration (PHE Science), BS

(a minimum of 36 semester course credits plus general BS requirements)

Required:

Public Health and Health Equity

PHE 001 Introduction to Public Health (3)

PHE 100 Theories and Praxis of Health Equity (4)

PHE 002 Health Advocacy Program (2) or
other approved internship
PHE 002 is in community partnership with Highland Hospital and must be taken for at least two terms, both of which can be awarded academic credit. 

Research and Policy

ETHS 190 Research Methods with Communities of Color* (4)

GOVT 121 The Public Policy-Making Process (3) or
PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy (3)

Natural Sciences

 BIO 153 Human Physiology* (3)

BIOC 141 Protein Chemistry and Enzymology (3)

BIOC 142 Metabolism and Proteomics (3) or
BIO 100 Microbiology (4) or
BIO 135 Genetics (4)

CHEM 105 Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHEM 106 Organic Chemistry II (4)

Social Determinants of Health

ECON 140 Health Economics (3) or
PSYC 109 Health Psychology* (3-4) or
SOC 142 Medical Sociology (3)

Senior Requirement

ETHS 191 Senior Seminar (4) or
PPOL 191 Senior Seminar (4)

*Course with a prerequisite that is not part of the major

The additional mathematics course in the natural science and mathematics core must be either ECON 81 Introduction to Statistics or PSYC 146 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.
PHE 002 and PHE 003 can count toward the Independent Experience requirement for the BS degree.

Note for Pre-Medical students: The BS in Public Health and Health Equity with a Health Sciences concentration provides strong preparation for medical school. It is important that each pre-med student consults with a pre-med advisor at the very beginning of their undergraduate career. Please see the Medicine/Health Sciences webpage.

Public Health and Health Equity Minor

(a minimum of 18 semester course credits)

Required:

Public Health and Health Equity

PHE 001 Introduction to Public Health (3)

PHE 100 Theories and Praxis of Health Equity (4)

PHE 002 Health Advocacy Program (2) or
other approved internship
PHE 002 is in community partnership with Highland Hospital and must be taken for at least two terms, both of which can be awarded academic credit.

Social Determinants of Health

ECON 140 Health Economics (3) or
PSYC 109 Health Psychology* (3-4) or
SOC 142 Medical Sociology (3)

Policy

GOVT 121 The Public Policy-Making Process (3) or
PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy (3)

Electives (3)
Note: a course being used to satisfy one of the other major requirements cannot also count as an elective. For example, PSYC 109 cannot satisfy the Social Determinants of Health requirement AND count as an elective. Select one from the list below:

ECON 130 Economics of Poverty, Inequality and Discrimination (3)

ECON 140 Health Economics (3)

ETHS 039 Raíces (Roots): Latin America and the Caribbean (3)

ETHS 041 Inventing the “Other”: Policing Difference (3)

ETHS 047 The “Third World”: Colonialism and Globalization (3)

ETHS 112 Race, Gender and the Environment (3)

ETHS 157 Race, Gender and the Criminal Justice System (3)

ETHS 166 Women of Color in Social Movements (3)

GOVT 121 Public Policy-Making Process (3)

PHIL 065 Bioethics: Medicine, Law and Philosophy (3)

PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy (3)

PPOL 100 Methods of Policy Analysis (3)

PPOL 114 Social Policy Analysis (3)

PSYC 109 Health Psychology* (3)

SOC 055 Introduction to Sociology (3)

SOC 142 Medical Sociology (3)

SOC 156 Sociology of Oakland (4)

WGSS 071 Introduction to Women’s Studies (4)

WGSS 072 Introduction to Queer Studies (4)

WGSS 135 Race, Sexuality and the State (3)

WGSS 172 Transnational Sexualities (3)

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Last Updated: 6/22/17