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The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Baccalaureate education provides the foundation for further education in Public Health and/or other specialized health professional fields.

Academic Policies

Entering freshmen in the 75th percentile have mid-range SAT and ACT scores of 1410 and/or and 32 respectively. Entering freshmen have an average weighted GPA of 4.2. Transfer students have a mean cumulative GPA of 3.43.

Requirements for Admitted Students:
The course work for the BSPH Program is based on recommendations made by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (2008) for undergraduate course work in Public Health. Students are required to complete 33 credits of Public Health coursework, including 27 credits of core required courses and 6 credits of approved Public Health electives.

Academic Programs

The School of Nursing and Health Studies will award a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, once a student has completed the requirements listed below.

The Public Health Program offers curricula that are designed to prepare students for public health practice or graduate education in health related fields. Programs of study can be tailored for students wishing to combine Public Health education with a variety of other health related fields (e.g., pre-med, pre-physical therapy).

No minor is required within the Public Health program. However, students have room within their plan of study to pursue a minor if desired.

General Education Requirements


The University of Miami's General Education Requirements ensure that graduates have acquired essential intellectual skills and have engaged a range of academic disciplines. The General Education Requirements provide students with the opportunity to study methodologies and achievements in all areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor, and to cultivate abilities essential for the acquisition of knowledge. The General Education Requirements allow students to create an integrative map for their academic careers, providing a context for more focused studies.


The Areas of Proficiency requirements ensure that students either already possess, or develop at the University, the ability to express themselves effectively, to use mathematics with facility, and to reason cogently.

Written Communication Skills
Good writing facilitates clear thinking, and clear thinking is the foundation of effective communication. The expectation is that students become adept at using the English language as an effective communication tool. Effective writing skills are representative of an educated person because they are instruments to advance ideas efficiently and persuasively. Students fulfill this requirement by satisfactorily completing ENG105 and ENG106, or the equivalent. Appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores in English composition may be used to satisfy this requirement. An appropriate score on the SAT or ACT verbal examination may earn a student exemption from, but not credit for, ENG105.

Students will be able to:

  • Gather information, synthesize data, compare various points of view, and present results in writing.
  • Develop the ability to read texts critically and to use textual evidence to support a sophisticated written argument.
  • Consider audience, tone, organization, and standard conventions in relationship to specific rhetorical tasks.

Advanced Writing and Communication Skills: Public Health

Pertinent Educational Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills in relation to specific rhetorical tasks.
  • Construct original, well-reasoned arguments using a range of materials.
  • Integrate and synthesize appropriate and relevant primary and secondary sources in their writing.

    Health Studies Assignments that Require Formal Student Writing or Presentation:


Writing Assignment

Student Presentations

BPH 301

Various papers

Various presentations

BPH 305

Three reflective papers

Final student presentation

BPH 309

Three reflective papers

Final student presentation

BPH 310

Four reflective papers

Final student presentation

BPH 321

Five reflective papers

Student presentations throughout class

BPH 490

Five journal entries, final paper

Final student presentation

Quantitative Skills: In a world increasingly influenced by science and technology, it is important for students to acquire the capacity to use and understand essential mathematical applications. The mathematics requirement helps students learn to use quantitative methods to solve problems. The course requirements for mathematics emphasize the manipulation, interpretation, and application of quantitative data. Students fulfill this requirement by completing an approved course in statistics,. Exemption from the mathematics requirement or placement in prerequisite courses is based on any of the following tests: AP, IB, or a placement examination administered by the Department of Mathematics.

Students will be able to:

  • Select and use appropriate quantitative methods and tools to solve problems; and
  • Interpret, manipulate, and apply quantitative data to solve problems

Social Science
Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) or equivalent.
An Additional Social Science course


The Areas of Knowledge requirement is designed to help students understand and appreciate intellectual achievements in major areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor. The courses offered in the areas of knowledge provide a broad array of intellectual and cultural exploration. In satisfying these requirements students examine creative expression in the arts, literature, and philosophy; study human development and behavior; and explore the mathematical, scientific, and technological world.


Students fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement by completing three cognates, one from each of the three areas of the university curriculum: Arts & Humanities; People & Society; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. A cognate is a group of at least three courses for at least nine credits, related in a topical, thematic, interdisciplinary, sequential, or other fashion, so that completion of a cognate provides coherent depth of knowledge. Each cognate has course options that allow students to complete the cognate in a manner that meets their interests, while staying within the coherent focus of the cognate.2 While students are required to take three cognates to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement, there is no limit to the number of additional cognates students may complete. All cognates completed by students are listed on the students’ transcripts, thus certifying their depth of knowledge in those areas.

The university offers a large number and range of cognates. Additionally, each major and minor fulfills the cognate requirement in one Area of Knowledge. (Some majors and minors, depending on the courses selected, can fulfill alternative Areas of Knowledge.) All approved cognates are visible in a cognate search engine (at that allows students to search for cognates based on cognate features, cognate courses, and keywords. Each cognate is administered by a department or program that is designated as the Responsible Academic Unit (RAU) for the cognate. Enquiries regarding a cognate should be directed to the cognate's RAU.

2 The University’s cognate approval process ensures that all Arts & Humanities cognates require students to complete at least one course that goes beyond skill development, i.e., beyond the basic composition, oral communication, and introductory foreign language courses.

Arts & Humanities (9 Credits)
Arts & Humanities cognates engage students in the study of the most enduring and influential works of art, imagination, and culture. Through study, creation, and performance, courses in this area enable students to understand the works of artists, musicians, novelists, philosophers, playwrights, poets, historians, and theologians. These courses cultivate the ability to interpret, critically evaluate, and experience the creative products of human culture and expression.

Students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and interpret the creative products of humanistic and artistic expression, applying appropriate vocabulary and concepts for their description and analysis.
  • Understand the creation and performance of art.

People & Society (Fulfilled by BSPH Degree)
People & Society cognates help students understand and analyze the organization of society and the patterns of social change, in the past and in the contemporary world.

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze the organization of society.
  • Analyze patterns of social change.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) 9 Credits
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics cognates develop students’ abilities to think critically about mathematical, scientific, and technological issues, through an understanding of processes and methods of scientific inquiry involving experimentation, observation, and quantitative analysis. The cognates nurture literacies that enable students to make informed decisions in an increasingly complex world.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the use of quantitative tools, experimentation, and observation to analyze and solve mathematical, scientific, environmental, and technological problems.
  • Interpret quantitative data and draw useful conclusions

The three cognates taken to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement (including cognates fulfilled by majors and minors) must have different RAUs. No more than two Areas of Knowledge may be fulfilled by cognates whose RAUs are in the same school or college, except for the College of Arts and Sciences. Majors and minors may cover more than one Area of Knowledge, but may be used to fulfill the cognate requirement in only one of those areas. A course may be used in only one cognate used to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement (including cognates fulfilled by majors and minors). Students may petition for individual course substitutions in cognates, by application to the cognate’s RAU. Transfer courses, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CLEP, dual enrollment, etc., that are transferred in with specific UM course credit, can be used in cognates.

BS Public Health Plan of Study

Fall Spring
Eng 105 English Comp 3 cr BPH 202 Intro to Statistics 3 cr
Bil 150/151 General Biology w/ Lab 5 cr Eng 106 English Composition II 3 cr
Cognate Arts & Humanities 3 cr BPH 206 Intro to Public Health 3 cr
Mth 107 3 cr Cognate STEM 3 cr
UMX 100 Freshman Experience 0 cr Foreign Language 100 level 3 cr
14 cr 15 cr

Fall Spring
BPH 321 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention 3 cr BPH 208 Intro to Epidemiology 3 cr
Foreign Language 200 level 3 cr BPH 309 Health and Environment 3 cr
Cognate Arts and Humanities 3 cr Cognate Arts and Humanities 3 cr
PSY 110 General Psychology 3 cr Cognate STEM 3 cr
Cognate STEM 3 cr Elective Social Science 3 cr
15 cr 15 cr

Fall Spring
BPH 353 Biological Principles of Public Health 3 cr BPH 310 Global Health 3 cr
Cognate STEM 3 cr BPH 322 Intro Health Policy 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
15 cr 15 cr

Fall Spring
BPH 465 Public Health Statistics and Data Management 3 cr BPH 490 Field Practicum in Community Health 3 cr
Public Health Elective 3 cr Public Health Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
15 cr 15 cr
Total Credits 120
Total PH Credits 33

Required Public Health Courses (need: 9x3=27 credits)
  • BPH 206: Introduction to Public Health
  • BPH 208: Introductory Epidemiology
  • BPH 310: Global Health
  • BPH 309: Health and Environment
  • BPH 321: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • BPH 352: Biological Principles of Public Health
  • BPH 465: Public Health Statistics and Data Management
  • BPH 322: Introduction to Health Policy
  • BPH 490: Field Practicum in Community Health

Approved Public Health Electives (need: 2x3=6 credits total)
  • BPH 301: Human Sexuality
  • BPH 303: HIV/AIDS and Health maintenance for Health Care Providers
  • BPH 305: Issues in Health Disparities
  • BPH 306: Principles of Nutrition
  • BPH 317: Human Growth and Development
  • BPH 319: Contemporary Issues in Bioethics for Health Care
  • BPH 355: Global Nutrition
  • BPH 419: Contemporary Health Issues of South Florida
  • BPH 487: Practicum in Global Health (Chile, Spain, etc.)
  • MGT 270: Introduction to Health Sector Management (School of Business)
  • CIS 450: Introduction to Health Informatics (School of Business, junior standing is required)
  • APY 205: Medicine, Health Care in Society

Additional Program Requirements
  • BIL 150/151
  • CHM 103/105 or 111/113
  • Social Science class
  • PSY 110 or equivalent