Public Health, B.P.H.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 42

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 3.25

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 3.25

Program Code: B810

  • 48 Upper-Division Hours Required
  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.

Major Requirements

42 hours of major work must be completed. ​A grade of C or better must be earned in each course presented for major and major support credit.

Public Health Core
PHCH 2013Introduction to Public and Community Health3
PHCH 3113Introduction to Epidemiology3
PHCH 3213Health Policy, Law, and Ethics3
PHCH 3313Health Data and Statistics3
PHCH 3413Health Communication3
PHCH 3513Public Health & Healthcare Systems3
PHCH 3613Determinants of Health3
PHCH 4103Environmental Health 13
PHCH 4113Public Health Capstone3
PHCH 4106Cumulative and Experiential Public Health Activities6
Major Electives
Choose 9 hours from the approved list of courses maintained by the PHCH Program 29
Total Credit Hours42

Major Support Requirements

​A grade of C or better must be earned in each course presented for major and major support credit.

Chemistry
CHEM 1315General Chemistry5
CHEM 1415General Chemistry (Continued)5
CHEM 3053Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis3
CHEM 3152Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis2
Biology
BIOL 1124Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys4
BIOL 1134Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Diversity4
Mathematics
MATH 1743Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences3
or MATH 1823 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Total Credit Hours26

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and/or Public Health academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Public Health major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
MATH 1743
Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
3
BIOL 1124 Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys 4
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry 5
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
BIOL 1134 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Diversity 4
Social Science (Core III) 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
CHEM 1415 General Chemistry (Continued) 5
PHCH 2013 Introduction to Public and Community Health 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
CHEM 3053 Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis 3
PHCH 3513 Public Health & Healthcare Systems 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours14
Junior
First Semester
CHEM 3152 Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis 2
PHCH 3113 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PHCH 3413 Health Communication 3
Intermediate Language 3
Free Elective (Upper- or Lower-Division) 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
PHCH 3213 Health Policy, Law, and Ethics 3
PHCH 3313 Health Data and Statistics 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division (3000-4000-level), outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective (Upper-division) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
PHCH 3613 Determinants of Health 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division (3000-4000-level), outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
Approved Major Electives, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 6
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
PHCH 4103 Environmental Health 3
PHCH 4106 Cumulative and Experiential Public Health Activities 6
PHCH 4113 Public Health Capstone 3
Approved Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120