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Undergraduate Programs


This major has 15 required courses and 2 foundational courses. It is a Bachelor of Arts major that satisfies the Social Science requirement of the Rochester Curriculum.

Key goals for this major:

Understand the theories, concepts and skills required to assess population health.

Understand the methodologies used to examine factors associated with the development and prevention of disease.

Apply the basic tools necessary for analysis of data applicable to public health outcomes.

Requirements of the Major:

(prerequisites in parentheses)

A. Foundational Mathematics Courses:
MTH 161-162Calculus IA and IIA (or MTH 141-143)(none)
B. Common Core (5 courses):
PH 101Introduction to Public Health I(none)
PH 102Introduction to Public Health II(PH 101)
PH 103Concepts of Epidemiology(none)
STT 212 or STT 211Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or Appl. Stat. for the Social Sciences(none)
PHL 228 or
PHL 225
Public Health Ethics (228) or Ethical Decisions in Medicine (225)(1 in PHL; or permission of instructor)
C. Specific Core Requirements (5 courses):
PM 414 (W)History of Epidemiology(PH 103)
PM 415Principles of Epidemiology(PH 103)
STT 216Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences II(STT 212)
MTH 218Intro. to Mathematical Models in the Life Sciences(MTH 162)
PM 412Survey Research(PM 415; or permission of instructor)
D. Electives (5 of the following - 4 must come from Group I; 1 must come from Group II):
I. Epidemiology
PM 413 (H)Field Epidemiology(PM 415)
PM 418 (W)Cardiovascular Epidemiology(PM 415; or permission of instructor)
PM 424 (W)Chronic Diseases Epidemiology(PH 103)
PM 451 (W)Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases(PM 415; or permission of instructor)
PM 442 (W,H)Nutritional Epidemiology(PM 415, BST 463; or permission of instructor)
PM 470 (W)Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology(PM 415)
PM 489Injury Epidemiology and Emergency Care Research Methods(PH 103, PM 415, or permisson of instructor)
BST 465Design of Clinical Trials(BST 463 or equivalent)
PH 201Environmental Health(BIO 110/112, CHM 131, PH 103, or permisson of instructor)
PH 397WCommunity Engagement Internship*
*open to juniors, seniors, Take 5 & KEY PH majors
(PH 101, PH 102, PH 103)
II. Statistics
MTH/STT 201Introduction to Probability(MTH 162, MTH 164 recommended)
MTH/STT 203Introduction to Mathematical Statistics(MTH 201)
STT 221WSampling Techniques(STT 213, 203)
STT 277Introduction to Statistical Software and Exploratory Data Analysis(STT 212 & STT 216 or STT 226)
STT 226WIntroduction to Linear Models(STT 212, 203)
E. Upper-Level Writing Requirement:
Students will be required to register for two upper-level writing courses within this major. The courses designated with (W) have writing requirements that would satisfy the Rochester Curriculum’s upper-level writing requirement. Students would register for the “W” section; for each PM (W) course there will be a cap of five students registering for the writing component.

For Double Majors: Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Public Health-related programs, no more than two courses may overlap between a public health major and another major.