The power to protect. The will to do.

There has never been a more important time for public health professionals than now. A public health biology degree prepares you for multiple opportunities in the growing public health management field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-third of the increase in U.S. jobs is projected to come from the healthcare and social assistance sectors.

What to Expect

The curriculum prepares you for the work of a public health professional which can range from addressing the health needs of people in a very specific locality to focusing on the spread of disease across the globe. The core courses are taught by 12 different departments, meaning the interdisciplinary approach prepares you for a changing field.

  • Understand the concepts of population health and the basic processes and interventions that identify and address major health-related needs and issues for populations.
  • Identify opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the human life span by acquiring an understanding of the science of human health and disease.
  • Use and analyze public health data and evidenced-based approaches in public health practice.
  • Learn about the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that impact human health and health disparities.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll gain hands-on real-world experience through required internships or research participation at a governmental research or public health center, philanthropic organization, or public health consultancy.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 97%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Biology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $78k

    Epidemiologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an epidemiologist is $78,290.

  • $83k

    Microbiologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a microbiologist is $82,760.

  • $62k

    Dietitian

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a dietitian and nutritionist is $62,330.

What You'll Study

The public health information curriculum includes coursework to prepare you enter career positions in the public health field. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Public Health: Biology Option – 94-96 credit hours

  • BI163 Evolution and Ecology (4)
  • BI173 Cell and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI310/BS240/BS242 Microbiology (3-4)
  • BI443/EV443 Epidemiology (3)
  • BI454/EV454 Risk Assessment Applications (3)
  • BI471/EV481/HA471/PS384 Internship (1)
  • BS113 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BS114 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH185 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CH234/CH341 Organic and Biological Chemistry (3-4)
  • EC215 Microeconomics (3)
  • EV 401 Environmental Science Seminar (1)
  • HL320 Community Health (3)
  • IS175 Information Systems (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)
  • MA223/MA155 Probability and Statistics (3)
  • PS103 US Political Systems (3)
  • PY220 Psychological Development Across the Lifespan (3)
  • PY555 Health Psychology (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
  • SC301Foundations of Health Communications (3)
  • SO101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • IU309 Professional Writing for Science and Technology (3)
  • UI352 Medical Ethics (3)
  • UI386 Environmental Health (3)
  • UI412 American Healthcare Systems (3)

    Biology Option: select 15 credit hours from the following:

  • BI283 Genetics (4)
  • BI413 Molecular Genetics (3)
  • BI441 Virology (3)
  • BI442 Immunology (4)
  • BI447/EV447 Fundamentals of Disaster/Emergency Management and Planning (3)
  • BI448/EV448 Disaster/Emergency Planning and Response (3)
  • BI449/EV449 Vulnerability, Risk Reduction & Critical Incident Management (3)
  • BI453/EV453 Occupational Health (3)
  • BI456/EV456 Fundamentals of Risk Communication in Emergency Management (3)
  • BI458 Analytical Bioinformatics (3)
  • BI460/EV460 Introduction to Toxicology (3)
  • BI543/043 Pathogenic Microbiology (4)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1)
  • BI163 (4)
  • CH184/CH185 (4) 
  • MA116 (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)     

  • BI173 (4)
  • EN100 (3)
  • MA223 or MA155 (3)
  • SO101 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (15-16 Hours)  

  • CH234/CH341 (3-4) 
  • HL320 (3) 
  • IS175 (3) 
  • PY220 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15-16 Hours)    

  • BI310/BS240/BS242 (3-4) 
  • EC215 (3)
  • PS103 (3)
  • SC105 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    

  • BS113 (4) 
  • IU309 (3)
  • UI352 (3)
  • Option Course (3)
  • Elective (2)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)     

  • BI443/EV443 (3)
  • BS114 (4)
  • SC301 (3)
  • UI386 (3)
  • Option Course (3)

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (14 Hours)     

  • BI454/EV454 (3) 
  • UI412 (3) 
  • Option Course (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (2)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)  

  • BI471/EV481/HA471/PS384 (3)
  • EV401 (1)
  • PY555 (3) 
  • Option courses (6)
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion
of a degree.

 

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