Jun 25, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 

Public Health Major (BS)

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Public Health Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Please see the Public Health web page at unlv.edu/degree/bs-public-health for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bs-public-health.

Please see advising information at the Public Health Undergraduate Advising at https://www.unlv.edu/publichealth/advising


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world as it relates to individual and population health through focused engagement on big questions, both contemporary and enduring.
  • Gain intellectual and practical skills practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance.
  • Learn personal and social responsibility anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges.
  • Experience integrative and applied learning demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.

University Graduation Requirements

Public Health Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-44 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

 (see note 1)

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

Multicultural and International

(see note 3 & 4 below)

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students.

Major Requirements - BS in Public Health - Subtotal: 67 Credits

General Electives - Credits: 6 - 10

The number of general electives necessary for each student varies based on how many credits a student uses to satisfy the requirements identified above. The minimum number of degree-applicable credits required to earn a degree is 120.

Total Credits: 120


  1.   is recommended for Public Health Majors.
  2. The Social Science requirement can be fulfilled by any three PBH courses or by a Social Science minor.
  3. The Multicultural requirement is fulfilled by  . This is a required class for Public Health majors.
  4. The International requirement is fulfilled by  . This is a required class for Public Health majors.
  5. Student must have earned 30 credits of 300 and 400 level courses upon graduation. A minimum of 2 credits of electives must be taken at the 300 level or higher in order to meet the 30 credits of upper division.
  6. Students must pass PBH 202 , PBH 205 , PBH 210 , PBH 360  and PBH 365  with a minimum of 2.75 GPA.

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