Program Highlights

In November of 2011, the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to establish a new Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree. The degree will be granted to students who are admitted to the BSPH Program and successfully complete general education requirements and 30-credits in designated core and elective undergraduate courses. The first cohort of BSPH students will begin in Fall 2012.

The primary mission of the faculty of the BSPH degree program is to develop competencies in public health among undergraduate students, equip undergraduate students for entry-level public health positions, and prepare undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in public health and related fields. Students will be exposed to major public health issues locally, nationally and globally. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the core areas of public health—including epidemiology, environmental health, social and behavioral health, global health and health policy—and to prepare students to work with communities in ways that are evidence-based and culturally competent.

Students who successfully complete the BSPH degree program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge from multiple disciplines to define public health problems locally and globally
  • Use principals of epidemiology to describe health and alterations in health
  • Interpret quantitative and qualitative research findings in the medical, nursing, public health and social science literature
  • Examine the principal determinants of health problems facing the world’s populations within social, economic and political contexts
  • Identify biological, behavioral and social principals of health promotion and disease prevention across the life span
  • Discuss the impact of the physical and social environment on health
  • Describe the interactions between biological, psychological, environmental and cultural factors influencing public health and disease prevention strategies
  • Examine healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments, with attention to healthcare disparities
  • Demonstrate awareness of local health problems, determinants, and interventions in South Florida, with attention to vulnerable populations
  • Communicate public health problems, determinants and evidence-based interventions.



The University of Miami is a member of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) the U.S. Department of Education recognized regional accrediting agency and is accredited to offer degrees through the doctoral level.