New Majors

Public Health

The University of California, Merced announces its new Public Health, BA undergraduate major that will be offered through the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) beginning Fall 2014.

Public Health aims to promote health, prevent disease, prolong life and improve quality of life through organized efforts of society. Focusing on the health and wellbeing of populations, Public Health complements medicine’s concern for individuals with diseases. Through activities ranging from basic research, to frontline efforts such as vaccination programs, promotion of health lifestyles and environments, disease control, and leadership on health policy formation. Public Health is an interdisciplinary field drawing on the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. One of the most important themes in Public Health is the disparities in health observed in different groups, which is the focus of this curriculum. The program provides students hand-on practical experience in direct public health research with a focus on health issues in the San Joaquin Valley.

Steps to Declare

1. Determine Eligibility
Open to all students who are otherwise eligible to declare a major at the end of Spring 2014 (freshman, sophomores or juniors in good academic standing). Students with junior standing must apply by the change of major deadline for the Fall 2014 semester to guarantee eligibility to declare without additional petition. Students with senior standing or who have already submitted an Undergraduate Graduation Application are not eligible to declare this major.

2. Review documents
Review documents below for application of current and previously completed coursework towards the new major.

3. Submit Major Change form to COB 204
Major Change approval will be subject to Dean's review. Eligible students may be denied if declaration of this major will cause them to violate the Normal Progress to Degree Policy. See an advisor during our walk-in advising hours for more information.

General Announcement
Major Planning Guide
Approved Public Health Major Electives List
Planned 2014-2015 Course Offerings
PSY 190 Course Equivalents to Public Health Courses