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  Jul 20, 2024
2009-2010 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Public Health, B.A.

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Learning Outcomes Public Health Programs (Office of Academic Affairs) 
Curriculum Arnold School of Public Health 

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Public Health should be able to …

  • illustrate the contributions of a range of disciplines and professions in improving the health of the public.
  • understand the role of the socio-behavioral sciences in the determinants and prevention of public health problems; understand and discuss the importance and influence of social and cultural factors and their effects on public health; and explain how public health can utilize social and behavioral interventions to improvide the health of populations.
  • understand the role of the physical and natural sciences in the determinants of and relationship to problems in the health of the public.
  • demonstrate the ability to utilize information from various contexts in the field of public health.
  • discuss individual and social accountability including civic responsibility and ethical reasoning as they apply to the health of populations.
  • use suitable technologies, scientific inquiry skills and communication strategies to conduct ethical research on public health issues.
  • demonstrate proficient reasoning and critical thinking including the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to make sound decisions and solve problems as they apply to public health.


 See Arnold School of Public Health  for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and other regulations.

Degree Requirements

(Total 120 Hours)

A. General Education Requirements (40-42 Hours)

1. English

Students are required to take the following. Students who exempt ENGL 101 and/or 102 without receiving credit toward graduation must enroll in 3 or 6 credits of English above the 100 level.

2. Numerical and Analytical Reasoning

Students are required to earn 6 to 7 credits in one of the following ways:

Option One:

Option Two:

Select two courses from one of the following fields:

  • PHIL 110  and PHIL 111 
  • Two courses in Statistics (STAT)
  • Two courses in Computer Science (CSCE)

4. Natural Sciences

Students are required to earn 7-8 credits, including at least one course with a laboratory requirement.

5. Foreign Languages

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.

C. Program Selectives (30 Hours)

Courses selected with approval of the undergraduate advisor. Pick courses at the 300 level or above, from the 3 groups:

Group A (12 Hours):


Group B (12 Hours):

GEOG, HIST of medicine, ECON, POLI

Group C (6 Hours):


D. Electives (minimum of 12 to 14 Hours)

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