Bachelor of Science in Public Health Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 58

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
B4 Requirement (Major Foundation) 2,3 3-4
GE Area A 4 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Second Semester
BIOL 100 Human Biology (Major Foundation, B2) 3
BIOL 101 Human Biology Laboratory (Major Foundation, B3) 1
GE Area A 3
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) 3
GE Area E 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
Select One (Major Foundation): 3
General Microbiology and Public Health
Public Health Biology (ES)
GE Area D 3
University Elective - Take Three 9
Fourth Semester
PH 205 Introduction to Public Health (Major Foundation) 3
GE Area C - Take Two 6
University Elective - Take Two 6
Fifth Semester
PH 400GW Determinants of Health - GWAR (Major Core) 3
PH 410 Public Health Systems (Major Core) 3
PH 425 Public Health Research (Major Core) 3
GE Area F ± 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Sixth Semester
PH 420 Epidemiology (Major Core) 3
PH 455 Community Organizing and Community Building for Health (Major Core, UD-C, AERM, ES, GP, SJ) 3
PH 520 Structural Oppression and Social Foundations of Health (Major Core) 3
Major Elective (9 units) - Take One 5 3
U.S. and California Government 3
Seventh Semester
PH 431 Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (Major Core) 3
PH 450 Public Health Policy (Major Core) 3
PH 600 Public Health Media, Technology, and Communications (Major Core) 3
Major Elective (9 units) 5 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Eighth Semester
PH 480 Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar 9
Major Elective (9 units) 5 3
University Elective 2
 Total Units120-121

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy GE Area A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


B4 Requirement
Select One:
ETHS 116 Algebra and Statistics for Social Justice (4 units) (B4, SJ)
ETHS 117 Statistics for Social Justice (3 units) (B4, SJ)
ISED 160 Data Analysis in Education (3 units) (B4)
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics (3 units) (B4)
PSY 171 Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology (3 units) (B4)


All SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) are met within the major.


Electives (9 units)

A full list of elective options can be found in the degree requirements.


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.