Undergraduate PHS


2013-2014 BSPH Degree Requirements

The Tulane Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree is an academic degree which addresses the health of populations and communities through instruction, service, and community based research. The degree is firmly grounded in a background of humanities, social science and the liberal arts. The degree fulfills Tulane University’s campus-wide undergraduate core proficiency through this background while stressing an additional commitment to quantitative and scientific skills. For the 2011-12 degree requirements - please see here.

Newcomb-Tulane Core Proficiencies

Additional BSPH Proficiencies

  • Writing Intensive Course or Writing Practicum
  • Mathematics: One additional course, MATH 1110 Probability & Stats recommended
  • Foreign Language: Complete proficiency to the 2030 level or above

Public Health Basic Core (24 credits)

  • SPHU 1010 - Introduction to Public Health
  • SPHU 1020 - Cell, Individual & Community
  • SPHU 3010 - Public Health Systems & Analysis
  • SPHU 3110 - Local Solutions to Global Problems
  • SPHU 3150 - Global to Local Environmental Health
  • SPHU 3160 - Biostatistics Applications in Public Health
  • SPHU 3170 - Foundations in Epidemiology
  • SPHU 4010 - Foundations of Public Health Policy

SPHU 4560 - Capstone (3 credits)

  • Students are eligible to complete their capstone after five semesters as an undergraduate, and with a majority of their other program requirements completed.  The capstone is a student-driven academic experience. See capstone options here.

BSPH Electives (18 credits)

 The BSPH Electives provides the student a chance to focus on specialized knowledge which complements their core classes. In recognition of the multi-disciplinary nature of public health, students are encouraged to consider classes in other academic fields and consult with their academic and faculty advisors to discuss ways to integrate fields in the liberal arts and sciences into their curriculum. Certain pre-medical classes, as well a few graduate level classes are acceptable for this requirement.
Students must complete a minimum of six classes for a minim of 18 credit hours in order to complete this

A minimum of 3 courses for a minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed in classes offered by public health faculty.

Public Health Electives:

  • SPHU 2810 - Violence in the Community
  • SPHU 3020 - Data and Information in Public Health Practice
  • SPHU 3120 - Biology to Policy
  • SPHU 3220 - Concepts of Health & Wellness
  • SPHU 3300 - Sustainable Nutrition
  • SPHU 3400 - Nutrition, Cooking & Public Health
  • SPHU 3410 - Food Safety, Communicationn & Policy
  • SPHU 4200 - Evidence Based Public Health
  • SPHU 4210 - Environmental Risk Assessment
  • SPHU 4300 - Public Health Communication
  • SPHU 4440 - Social Aspects of Infectious Diseases
  • SPHU 4570 - Internship (non-capstone)
  • SPHU 4810 - Ethics in Public Health Policy
  • SPHU 4910 - Independent Study (non-capstone)
  • Any other SPHU class that is not a core class

Additional Electives:

  • Any 2000 or higher level MATH class
  • SOCI 3030 Introduction to Research Design
  • SOCI 3040 Introduction to Research Analysis
  • ANTH 2030 Anthropology of Women & Men
  • SPAN 3300 Spanish for the Health Sciences
  • CELL 2050 Genetics
  • NSCI 3670 Brain & Behavior
  • SCEN 3030 & 3040 Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Study Abroad credits as approved by faculty advisor or from pre-approved list
  • Additional classes above the 2000-level as approved by the student’s faculty advisor.
  • Graduate level Public Health classes taken as a senior or BSPH/MPH combined degree student


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