Santa Clara University

Public Health Science

Program Overview

  • iconAbout Us

    The Public Health Science (PHS) major is an interdisciplinary degree focused on the health of human populations and individuals. Students will gain a solid foundation in biology and chemistry to understand the functioning of the human body in health and disease. The major further explores the influences of environmental and social factors on human health through required and elective public health courses, as well as relevant courses in the social sciences and humanities. Read more

  • iconPublic Health Science Major

    PHS majors undertake foundational courses in:

    • Public Health .
    • Biology – lower division courses in physiology, ecology and evolution, and cell and molecular biology.
    • Chemistry – lower division inorganic and organic chemistry courses.
    • Social Science – introductory courses selected from anthropology, psychology, sociology, and political science.
    • Mathematics (Calculus) and Statistics

    PHS majors choose electives from approved upper division courses in:

    • Public Health
    • Biology or Chemistry
    • Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, History, or Communications

    For PHS major curricular requirements and course planning checklists, click here.

  • iconPublic Health Minor

    The minor degree in Public Health can be combined with other majors in the natural or social sciences. 

    Courses are required in the following areas:

    • Public Health
    • Statistics
    • Biology and Chemistry – two introductory courses from each discipline. 
    • Social Science – two approved lower division courses from anthropology, psychology, sociology, or political science.
    • Electives – at least three upper division courses from the natural and social science electives approved for the PHS major.

    For PHS minor curricular requirements and course planning checklists, click here.

  • iconTransferring to SCU

    The Public Health Program welcomes interested transfer students. In order to complete the major in a timely fashion, it is strongly recommended that students complete one year of general chemistry (CHEM 11, 12, 13), two terms of organic chemistry (CHEM 31, 32), and several introductory biology courses (BIOL 21, 22, 24, 25) before transferring. Given course sequencing issues, it can be difficult for students to transfer into the department in the winter term. Any applicants considering a winter transfer should contact the department in advance to determine he feasibility of doing so.

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