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, SJ) 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
PH 100 Public Health Biology (Major Foundation, ES) 3
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, SJ) 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)
Select 9 units from the following courses:
AA S 587 Asian Americans and Environmental Justice (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, ES, SJ)
AA S 591 Asian American Community Health Issues (3 units) (UD-B, AERM, SJ)
AFRS 370 Health, Medicine, and Nutrition in the Black Community (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, ES, SJ)
AFRS 466 Black Lives Matter: Race and Social Movements (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, SJ)
ANTH 630 Medical Anthropology (3 units)
BIOL 326 Disease! (3 units) (UD-B, GP, SJ)
BIOL 327 AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic (3 units) (UD-B, GP)
HH 205 Relaxation and Stress Reduction (3 units) (D1)
HH 380 Holistic Health: Western Perspectives (3 units) (UD-B, GP)
HH 381 Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives (3 units) (UD-D, GP)
HH 382 Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives (3 units) (UD-C, GP)
HH 540 Meditation for Health and Wellness (3 units) (UD-D, GP)
LTNS 210 Latina/o/x Health Care Perspectives (3 units) (B2, AERM, ES, GP, SJ)
LTNS 500 Latina/o Community Mental Health (3 units)
PH 200 Global Health (3 units) (D1, GP, SJ)
PH 210 Personal and Social Determinants of Health (3 units) (D1, SJ)
PH 221/ETHS 221 Health and Social Justice - Burning Issues, Taking Action (3 units) (D1, AERM, SJ)
PH 241/ETHS 241 Health and Social Movements in the United States in the 20th Century (3 units) (D2, USH, AERM, SJ)
PH 290 Promoting Positive Health (3 units) (C1, GP)
PH 305 Critical History of Public Health in the United States (3 units) (USH, SJ)
PH 315 Drugs and Society (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)
PH 320 Contemporary Sexuality (3 units) (UD-B, SJ)
PH 414 Women's Health (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, SJ)
PH 434/GEOG 434 Geographies of Health and Health Care (3 units)
PH 655 Environmental Health (3 units)
PH 685 Projects in the Teaching of Public Health (1-4 units)
PH 688 Racial Capitalism, Neoliberalism, and Public Health (3 units)
PH 699 Independent Study (1-3 units)
PHIL 383 Ethics in Medicine (3 units) (UD-C, SJ)
RRS 303 Health and Wellness among Pacific Islanders (3 units) (UD-B, SJ)
WGS 593 Gender, Health, and the Environment (3 units) (UD-D, ES, GP)


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