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 healthy lifestyles and environments, disease control, and leadership on health policy formation, Public Health issues and outcomes touch the lives of people throughout the world. 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, for example related to economic resources and race/ethnicity, which is a focus in this curriculum.
Public Health Four Year Major Plans
Below, please find four year plans for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health. Students should choose the plan that corresponds to the catalog year in which they matriculated to UC Merced. For more information on catalog rights, please click here.
Public Health Major Planning Guides
Below, please find planning guides for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health. Students should choose the planning guide that corresponds to the catalog year in which they matriculated to UC Merced. For more information on catalog rights, please click here.
Important Public Health Major Documents
Public Health Major Elective Courses
- PH 104: Health and the Media
- PH 113: Latino and Immigrant Health
- PH 125: Emerging Public Health Threats
- PH 135: Public Health Genetics
- PH 137: Insects and Public Health
- PH 185: Introduction to Health and Biomedical Ethics
- PSY 147: Health Psychology
- PSY 124: Health Disparities
- ANTH 120: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
- ANTH 121: Ethnomedicine
- BIO 010: Genetics, Stem Cells and Development
- BIO 060: Nutrition
- BIO 140: Genetics
- BIO 161: Human Physiology
- ECON 145: Health Economics