Public Health (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
Health and Physical Education
HEGIS Number: 1214

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Program Mission

The mission of York College's undergraduate public health program is to engage in teaching, learning, scholarship and service to foster and sustain a healthier New York City and to promote culturally responsive, evidence-informed solutions to reduce disparities and promote health and wellness among urban populations.


Public health programs focus primarily on prevention and health promotion (rather than treatment), and on whole populations (rather than individuals). Public health is an essential component of the US health system. Its infrastructure and prevention-based programs, together with clinical health systems, work to improve population health and reduce health care costs among populations. The undergraduate program in public health at York College is focused on the science of protecting and improving the health and well-being of communities.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary approach of the CUNY School of Public Health, students in the major will take courses originating from the various public health core disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, and health management and policy. The community health concentration emphasizes specific training in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of community-based, -focused and -driven public health programs and policies. Aligned with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation criteria, the major curriculum is multidisciplinary while being rooted in the social and behavioral determinants of health. As students progress through the program, they will gain more breadth and depth in public health practice through field experiences as well as a capstone course in their final year.

Upon completion of the degree, students will be better equipped to complete graduate education in public health or begin working in the field as a public health practitioner. Students will have acquired skills that could be translated into the workplace (city, state or local government agencies, non for profit organizations, etc.) or other post baccalaureate educational settings such as enrollment in an MPH, MSW, JD or MD program.

Admission Criteria to the Program

At time of admission, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework completed; at least 12 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the following PH courses: PH 201 and PH 210 or PH 215 or PH 225 or PH 320 or PH 330 or PH 340.

Admission to the program will be based on a yearly cohort model of enrollment. A minimum of 33% of available program seats will be reserved for each of the following groups (given sufficient applications submitted): 1) Native York students; 2) Transfer students from CUNY; and 3) Transfer students from outside CUNY (e.g., 30 new program seats; 10 will be reserved for students from each group). Upon admission to the program (usually at the beginning of the third year in a 4year plan), students will be encouraged to attend full-time (if not already).

Retention and Completion Criteria

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in required program courses (including program electives); a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Public Health (Community Health Concentration) (BS)


Required Courses


I. Required Public Health Major Discipline Courses

PH201History & Principles of Public Health 
PH210Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 
PH320Applied Biostatistics in Public Health 
PH330Public Health Policy & Management 
PH340Environmental & Occupational Health 
PH450Public Health & Societies 

II. Required Community Health Concentration Discipline Courses

PH215Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health 
PH225Principles & Practices of Health Behavior Change 
PH325Assessing Community Health Needs, Capacity & Assets 
PH335Planning & Funding for Public Health 
PH415Community Health Intervention Design & Methods 
PH425Evaluation Methods in Public Health 
PH435Field Experience I 
PH445Field Experience II 
BIO281Human Structure & Function 

III. Elective HE/PH/PE/PSY Discipline Courses

GERO301Wellness & the Elderly* 
HE200Basic Cardiac Life Support 
HE211Stress & Health 
HE241Sex & Sexuality 
HE313Alcohol & Alcoholism 
HE314Nutrition & Health 
HE315Consumer Health 
HE316Family Health 
HE317First Aid & Safety Education 
HE341HIV/AIDS: Public Health Implications 
HE342Drug Use & Abuse 
PE358Physiology of Exercise 
HE452Cardiovascular Fitness 
HE495Independent Study 
HE496Independent Study 
HE497Independent Study 
HE498Independent Study 
PH285Health Equity & Cultural Responsiveness 
PSY215Human Development I: Infancy/Childhood 
PSY216Human Development II: Adolescence/Maturity 
PSY283Psychology of Death and Dying 
PSY332Social Psychology 
PSY338Abnormal Psychology 
* While this course requires the prerequisite of GERO201, students may enroll in the course with department or instructor permission.