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Undergraduate Programs

BA in Health Policy

This major has 13 required courses and four pre-requisite courses. The health policy major leads to a bachelor of arts degree and satisfies the social sciences requirement of the Rochester Curriculum.

Key goals for this major:

  • Understand health policy as it relates to the organization, financing, and provision of health care in the US, including its history
  • Demonstrate how the principles of statistics, economics, and political science apply to health policy
  • Understand the current situation relating to population health (including environmental health), private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and mental health at the federal, state, and local levels, both public and private
  • Understand how to apply the principles of health policy analysis to population health (including environmental health), private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and mental health at the federal, state, and local levels, both public and private

Major Requirements

Some of these courses require prerequisites. These prerequisites are not counted toward the major. Prerequisites can be found on the courses page or in the CDCS

Pre-Requisite Courses (Four Courses)

MTH 141–143: Calculus I–III*
ECO 108: Principles of Economics

*Students can also substitute MTH 161–162

Public Health General Core (Five Courses)

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PH 102: Introduction to Public Health II
PH 103: Concepts of Epidemiology
STT 212: Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or STT 211: Appl. Stat for Social Sciences
PHL 228 (PHL 228W): Public Health Ethics or PHL 225 (PHL 225W): Ethical Decisions in Medicine

Specific Core Requirements (Six Courses)

ECO 207: Intermediate Microeconomics
ECO 230: Economic Statistics or PSC 200: Data Analysis* (Valid until fall 2016) or PSC 205: Data Analysis II* (Valid beginning spring 2018)
ECO 236: Economics of Health
HIS 373W (H): US Health Policy and Politics
PH 116: Introduction to the U.S. Health System

Plus one of the following:

  • PSC 243: Environmental Politics
  • PSC 246: Environmental Law and Policy
  • PSC 247: Green Markets: Environmental Opportunities and Pitfalls

Electives (Two Courses)

Two of the following:

  • CAS 394C: European Health Science Internship (Valid beginning fall 2017)
  • CAS 397: European Health Science Internship (Valid until spring 2017)
  • HIS 204/HIS 204W: History of International and Global Health
  • PH 232: Environmental Health Policy
  • PH 236: Health Care and Law or PH 230: Law in Public Health Practice
  • PH 397W: Community Engagement Internship*
  • PM 421: Introduction to U.S. Health Care System
  • PM 445: Introduction to Health Services Research
  • PM 448 (H): Health Policy Analysis
  • PSC 109: Interest Groups in America
  • PSC 243: Environmental Politics or PSC 246: Environmental Law and Policy or PSC 247: Green Markets: Environmental Opportunities and Pitfalls**

*Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, KEY, and public health majors

**The same course cannot be used as both a required core course and an elective course

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Students are required to register for two upper-level writing courses. Health policy students fulfill this requirement by taking PH 116 and HIS 305W.

Overlapping Major Courses

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.