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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

It is our pleasure to introduce our new undergraduate major in Public Health at UC San Diego. In September 2013, the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health (FMPH) launched a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program, the first undergraduate degree offered in the School of Medicine at UC San Diego.

Public health seeks to improve human health through the development and application of scientific knowledge to help prevent disease, protect the public from exposure to potential harm, and promote health throughout communities at the local, national and global level.

Division of health policy provides courses for BSPH Health Policy track. Health policy is a multi-disciplinary field of inquiry and practice concerned with the delivery, quality and costs of health care for individuals and populations as well as laws and regulations aimed at influencing health-related behavior. Upon graduation, a student specializing in health policy should be able to:

Define public health and the related roles and responsibilities of government, non-government agencies and private organizations.

Recognize the impact of policies, laws and regulations on both individual behaviors and population health.
Apply the principles of policy analysis to the evaluation in policy interventions.
Undertake analyses of legislation, administrative regulations and interpretations of judicial opinions and agency rulings.

Core Discipline Courses

Note: All 6 upper division core courses still required.

FPMU 120: Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles
USP 143: The US Health Care System
ECON 130: Public Policy
ECON 140: Economics of Health Producers
ECON 141: Economics of Health Consumers
POLI 160AA: Introduction to Policy Analysis
SOCI 152: Social Inequality and Public Policy

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Joint Doctoral Program

A PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology, Health Behavior, or Global Health is offered by the joint faculties of the Graduate School of Public Health at SDSU and the Department of Family Medicine And Public Health (FMPH) with assistance from other Departments in the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

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