Public Health- Bachelor of Arts

For more information about the Human Disease and Epidemiology concentration, contact the Department of Microbiology, 212 Pearson Hall, 513-529-5422, Email:

For more information about the Health Policy and Administration concentration, contact the Department of Sociology and Gerontology, 375 Upham Hall, 513-529-2628, Email:

Public Health is a field of study focused on preventing illness and promoting health in individuals, communities, and society as a whole. The Public Health program at Miami builds on the University’s strengths in three areas: Human Disease and Epidemiology, Health Policy and Administration, and Health Promotion and Education. The program is housed jointly in the College of Education, Health and Society and in the College of Arts and Science. Students will complete a core curriculum covering the critical elements of Public Health along with additional courses focused on one of the specialty areas. Public Health students choosing to focus on Health Promotion and Education will complete all of the requirements of the College of Education, Health and Society. Public Health students choosing to focus on Human Disease and Epidemiology or Health Policy and Administration will select that focus area as a concentration within the major and will also complete all of the requirements of the College of Arts and Science. These curricula will prepare students for either graduate school or employment in the field.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
Take the following:
GTY 365Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology3
or KNH 321 National and Global Health Policy
IES 441Environmental Public Health3
KNH 218Applied Health Behavior Change3
MBI 131Community Health Perspectives3
or KNH 125 Introduction to Public Health
MBI 361Fundamentals of Epidemiology (Note: enroll in a W section to meet the CAS writing in the major requirement)3
STA 261Statistics3-4
or STA 301 Applied Statistics
Concentrations (one required):21-23
Take the following:
Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology
Introduction to Cell Biology
Human Physiology
Microorganisms and Human Disease
Human Disease and Epidemiology
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Doctors, Clinics, and Epidemics
Immunology Principles
Introduction to Statistical Modeling
Take the following:
Policies & Programs in an Aging Society
Public Administration
Internship 1
Gerontology Capstone Internship
Select one of the following administration courses:
Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics
Decision-Making in Public Affairs
Public Budgeting
Public Personnel Administration
Formal Organization
Select one of the following policy courses:
Developing Solutions in Global Health
Health Economics
Data & Decision Making in Aging
National Issues (Note: Must be POL 345N Fundamentals of Health Policy)
Public Policy Analysis
Select one additional course from the administration and policy courses listed above.
Total Credit Hours39-42

In the Health Policy & Administration concentration, a minimum of 6 hours of internship are required; however, a student may apply up to 8 hours toward the major, depending on the course.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing MBI 361W, the writing-intensive section of the epidemiology course required in the core.