Undergraduate Program in
Public Health

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Health Policy

This major has 13 required courses and 4 foundational courses. It is a Bachelor of Arts major that satisfies the Social Science requirement of the Rochester Curriculum.

Key goals for this major:

Understand health policy as it relates to the organization, financing, and provision of health care in the U.S., including its history.

Demonstrate how the principles of statistics, economics, and political science apply to health policy.

Understand the current situation relating to population health (including environmental health), private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, long term care, and mental health at the Federal, State, and local levels, both public and private.

Understand how to apply the principles of health policy analysis to population health (including environmental health), private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, long term care, and mental health at the Federal, State, and local levels, both public and private.

Requirements of the Major:

(prerequisites in parentheses)

A. Foundational Mathematics and Economics Courses:
MTH 141-143 Calculus I-III (or MTH 161-162) (none)
ECO 108 Principles of Economics (none)
B. Common Core (5 courses):
PH 101 Introduction to Public Health I (none)
PH 102 Introduction to Public Health II (PH 101)
PH 103 Concepts of Epidemiology (none)
STT 212 or STT 211 Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I (212) or Appl. Stat for Social Sciences (211) (none)
PHL 228 or
PHL 225
Public Health Ethics (228) or Ethical Decisions in Medicine (225) (1 in PHL; or permission of instructor)
C. Specific Core Requirements (6 courses):
ECO 207 Intermediate Microeconomics (ECO 108)
ECO 230 Economic Statistics
(or PSC 200 Applied Data Analysis)
(MTH 141 conc.)
ECO 236 Economics of Health (ECO 207)
HIS 373W (H) US Health Policy and Politics
*prior to fall 2013 HIS 305W
(none)
PH 116 Introduction to the U.S. Health System (none)
PSC 243 or
PSC 247
Environmental Politics (243) or Green Markets:Environmental Opportunities and Pitfalls (247) (none)
D. Electives (2 of the following):
CAS 397 European Health Science Internship (none)
HIS 204 History of International & Global Health
*prior to fall 2013 HIS 287
(none)
PH/PSC 236 Health Care and Law (none)
PH 397W Community Engagement Internship*
*open to juniors, seniors, Take 5 & KEY PH majors
(PH 101, PH 102, PH 103)
PM 421 Introduction to U.S Health Care System (none)
PM 445 Introduction to Health Services Research (none)
PM 448 (H) Health Policy Analysis (none)
PSC 105 Introduction to American Politics (none)
PSC 211 Public Opinion and Voting (none)
PSC 237 Domestic Social Policy (none)
PSC 245 (H) Aging and Public Policy (none)
E. Upper-Level Writing Requirement:
Students will be required to register for two upper-level writing courses within this major; these two courses are PH 116 and HIS 305W. The registration rules for new or existing College courses are determined by their respective home departments.

For Double Majors: Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Public Health-related programs, no more than two courses may overlap between a public health major and another major.