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Undergraduate Programs

BA in Health Policy

This major has 13 required courses and two 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 (Two Courses)

MATH 141: Calculus I
ECON 108: Principles of Economics

*Students can also substitute MATH 161

Public Health General Core (Five Courses)

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

Specific Core Requirements (Six Courses)

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

Plus one of the following:

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

Electives (Two Courses)

Two of the following:

  • CASC 394C: European Health Science Internship (Valid beginning fall 2017)
  • CASC 397: European Health Science Internship (Valid until spring 2017)
  • HIST 204/HIST 204W: History of International and Global Health
  • PHLT 232: Environmental Health Policy
  • PHLT 236: Health Care and Law or PHLT 230: Law in Public Health Practice
  • PHLT 394C: Washington Semester Internship*
  • PHLT 394D: Health Department Internship**
  • PHLT 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
  • PSCI 109: Interest Groups in America
  • PSCI 243: Environmental Politics or PSCI 246: Environmental Law and Policy or PSCI 247: Green Markets: Environmental Opportunities and Pitfalls****

*Permission of the health policy faculty advisor required
**Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors; permission of the health policy faculty advisor required
***Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors
** The same course cannot be used as both a required core course and an elective course

Students may use up to to 2 PHLT internship courses towards their public health major.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Students are required to register for two upper-level writing courses.

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.

Transfer Credit

Students are permitted (with the approval of their public health faculty advisor) to use up to two transfer courses towards their public health program.