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 a Health-Related Professions 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 122 total credits.

All Public Health 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. 

Health-Related Professions Core Course 1
HRPR 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
Cognate Core 1
CIS 1055Computers and Applications4
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
Lower-Division Public Health Coursework
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
SBS 1104Nutrition and Health3
SBS 1105Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives3
SBS 1106Human Sexuality3
SBS 2101Disease Prevention and Control3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
SBS 2216Ethnicity, Culture and Health3
EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3
Upper-Division Public Health Coursework
EPBI 3101Introduction to Epidemiology3
EPBI 3102Introduction to Research Methods3
SBS 3104Professional Seminar3
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
ENVH 1103
International Health
or ENVH 1903
Honors International Health
HPM 2202
Man-Made Disasters: Radiological, Chemical & Biological Terrorism
HPM 2208
Natural Disasters: Response and Recovery
HPM 2209
Violence and Injury Prevention
HPM 3207
Principles of Emergency Management: A Public Health Perspective
HPM 3215
Special Populations: Strategic Community Outreach
SBS 1201
Contemporary Health Issues
SBS 2201
Health Communication
SBS 2203
AIDS and Society
SBS 2204
Diet and Weight Management
SBS 2205
Coping with Life Stress Workshop
SBS 2206
Holistic Health and Aging
SBS 2211
Communication in Health Care Settings
SBS 2212
Advanced Human Sexuality
SBS 2213
Trauma and Coping
SBS 2304
HEART Peer Educator Training
SBS 3103
Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals
Cognate Elective
Select one course with approval of a departmental academic advisor3
ANTH 2332
Medical Anthropology
AOD 1016
Introduction to Adult Learning and Training
AOD 1166
Interpersonal Communication through the Life Span
AOD 2117
Nonverbal Communication
AOD 2176
Team Process in Education
AOD 2307
Interaction Analysis
BIOL 1111
Introduction to Biology I
BIOL 2001
Clinical Microbiology
CHEM 1031
General Chemistry I
CIS 1006
Informatics for Scientists
CPSY 3571
Introduction to Counseling Psychology
CPSY 3572
Interviewing Techniques
CSCD 1001
American Sign Language I
CSCD 1002
American Sign Language II
CSCD 2049
Language and the Brain
EES 2096
Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere
ENST 2051
The Urban Environment
ENST 2157
Environmental Ethics
ENST 2596
Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
GUS 1021
Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community
GUS 1031
Geography of World Affairs
GUS 1025
World Urban Patterns
or GUS 1961
Honors World Urban Patterns
HCM 3502
Healthcare Financing and Information Technology
HCM 4596
Healthcare Quality and Risk Management
HIM 1101
Medical Terminology
HIM 2203
U.S. Health Care System
HRPR 1101
Contemporary Aspects of Disability
KINS 1444
Movement Injuries: Prevention and Care
KINS 2203
Physiology of Physical Activity
KINS 2362
Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science
LGBT 2400
Topics in LGBT Studies
LGBT 2405
Gay and Lesbian Lives
NSCI 1051
Fundamentals of Neuroscience
or NSCI 1951
Honors Fundamentals of Neuroscience
NSCI 2001
Functional Neuroanatomy
PHIL 1077
Science in Context
or PHIL 1977
Honors Science in Context
PHIL 2157
Environmental Ethics
or PHIL 2957
Honors Environmental Ethics
PHIL 3249
Ethics in Medicine
or PHIL 3949
Honors Ethics in Medicine
PHYS 1001
Physics: Matter and Motion
PHYS 1006
Medical Physics
PHYS 1021
Introduction to General Physics I
REL 2006
Death and Dying
or REL 2996
Honors Death and Dying
SSWU 1001
Introduction to Social Welfare and Human Services
SSWU 1002
Communication in Social Work Practice
SSWU 2003
The History and Values of Social Welfare
SSWU 2004
Social Welfare in the United States
SSWU 4302
Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents
SSWU 4305
Health Care Policy
SSWU 4309
Societal Responses to Aging
SSWU 4312
Loss and Grief
SOC 1167
Social Statistics
or SOC 1967
Honors Social Statistics
SOC 2128
Men and Masculinity
SOC 2552
Health and Disease in American Society
SOC 3521
Global Health
SOC 3525
Urban Health
SOC 3546
Sexuality and Gender
SOC 3559
Health and Reproduction
STAT 1001
Quantitative Methods for Business I
STAT 1102
Quantitative Methods for Business II
or STAT 1902
Honors Quantitative Methods for Business II
STAT 2103
Statistical Business Analytics
or STAT 2903
Honors Statistical Business Analytics
THRC 1102
Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services
THRC 2103
Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice
ARBC 1002
Arabic Elements II
CHI 1002
Chinese Elements II
FREN 1003
Introduction to French III
GER 1002
Introduction to German II
HEBR 1002
Elements II
HIN 1002
Hindi Elements II
ITAL 1002
Italian Language II
JPNS 1002
Japanese Elements II
KRN 1002
Korean Elements II
LAT 1002
Latin 2
PORT 1002
Basic II
RUS 1002
First-Year Russian II
SPAN 1003
VTNM 1002
Vietnamese Elements II
Total Credit Hours93

Students must successfully pass the Health-Related Professions Core course, the Cognate Core courses, and general electives with a minimum grade of C- or higher. Students not demonstrating the ability to meet this academic requirement will not be permitted to progress to the upper-division Public Health and related electives in the curriculum.


Students should consult with their advisor for information on the distinctions between Anatomy and Physiology selection sequence and its implication for the degree and career goals. Satisfactory completion of the KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence or the KINS 1223 and KINS 1224 sequence will meet the two-course GenEd Science and Technology requirement. The courses are similar, but not interchangeable, and must be taken in the correct sequence. Students choosing the KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence may need to take an additional 2-credit elective to meet credit hours degree graduation requirement. Please see a departmental advisor for clarification.


Additional listings may be obtained from the academic advisor and approved for elective credit.