Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are SBS 3496 and SBS 3596.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Clearance Requirements

Please note the Public Health program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. These placements may require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances and perhaps a drug screen. Placements may also require the student to maintain personal health insurance. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. See for information about credentialing in public health.

Public Health Program Requirements

Students must complete a set of specific courses in the major, including the College Core course, Cognate Core courses, and Public Health Major courses, including two credit-earning internships (SBS 3185 and SBS 4185). Also required are two public health electives, one Cognate elective and three general (free) electives. The major requires a minimum of 120 total credits.

All Public Health College and Major Core course work (those courses with an ENVH, EPBI, HPM, or SBS designation and courses approved as a cognate elective) must be completed with a grade of C or higher. 

Cognate Core 1
HIM 1055IT Applications for Health3
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I 23-4
or KINS 1221 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II 23-4
or KINS 1222 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II
CSI 1111Introduction to Public Speaking3
HPM 2214Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System3
General Electives
Three courses are required. These may be the choice of the student.9
College Core Requirement
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
Public Health Major Core
Lower-Division Public Health Coursework
1000 Level Courses
Select two of the following: 6
Nutrition and Health
Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives
Human Sexuality
2000 Level Courses
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
SBS 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
SBS 2201Health Communication3
SBS 2216Ethnicity, Culture and Health3
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
Upper-Division Public Health Coursework
3000+ Level Courses
EPBI 3101Introduction to Epidemiology3
EPBI 3102Introduction to Research Methods3
SBS 3104Professional Seminar2
SBS 3105Fundamentals of Health Education3
SBS 3496Community-Based Health Program Planning I (WI)3
SBS 3596Community-Based Health Program Planning II (WI)3
SBS 3185Internship I4
SBS 4185Internship II8
Public Health Electives
Select two of the following: 36
Contemporary Health Issues
AIDS and Society
Diet and Weight Management
Coping with Life Stress Workshop
Holistic Health and Aging
Contemporary Slavery and Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health
HEART Peer Educator Training
Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals
International Health
Honors International Health
Man-Made Disasters: Radiological, Chemical & Biological Terrorism
Natural Disasters: Response and Recovery
Violence and Injury Prevention
Principles of Emergency Management: A Public Health Perspective
Special Populations: Strategic Community Outreach
Cognate Elective
Select one course with approval of a departmental academic advisor3
Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere
The Urban Environment
Environmental Ethics
Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community
World Urban Patterns
Honors World Urban Patterns
Honors World Urban Patterns
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Healthcare Financing and Information Technology
Healthcare Quality and Risk Management
Medical Terminology
Contemporary Aspects of Disability
Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care
Physiology of Physical Activity
Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science
Topics in LGBT Studies
Environmental Ethics
Honors Environmental Ethics
Death and Dying
Honors Death and Dying
Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Societal Responses to Aging
Loss and Grief
Global Health
Urban Health
Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services
Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice
Arabic Elements II
Chinese Elements II
Introduction to French III
Introduction to German II
Elements II
Hindi Elements II
Italian Language II
Japanese Elements II
Korean Elements II
Latin 2
Basic II
First-Year Russian II
Vietnamese Elements II
Total Credit Hours91