Bachelor of Science in Population Health
UNM’s newest major represents a liaison between the study of health care systems, finance and health policy and health law with an emphasis on prevention and wellness in communities.
Population health is the essence of trans-disciplinary science - not solely the combination of multiple disciplines, but rather a new science focused on answering complex questions about the sources of health and the causes of illness and disability.
- Focuses on health improvement within populations.
- Produces integrated knowledge and action regarding the societal, behavioral, biological and organizational system causes of health and disease. It also examines what creates health risks and what policies, health systems and public health practices are effective in curbing those risks.
- Requires innovations in approaches to reducing disparities and improving population health.
- Requires technological solutions to grass roots problems.
- Will find practitioners and scientists from different backgrounds to come together and transcend the limits of their knowledge and expertise to create this new discipline.
Graduates will develop skills to promote the health of populations in a variety of domains that comprise the continuum from wellness to health care, from health systems to community systems, from health policy to community policies, and from economic theory to economic practices. They will find jobs in varied fields, including:
- Architecture and planning
- Community advocacy
- Political organizations
- Policy analysis and evaluation
- Community Advocacy
- Disaster preparedness
All students seeking acceptance to the College of Population Health must meet requirements for admission to the University. See the Admissions section of the UNM Catalog for information on University admission requirements.
The College of Population Health follows a rolling admissions deadline and applications are reviewed at the time of submission. Applications are accepted through the College of Population Health Web site.
All students applying to the B.S. in Population Health are required to complete PH 101 Introduction to Population Health and PH 102 Global Health Challenges and Responses; or students must have completed either PH 101 or PH 102 with a grade of "B" or better, and be currently enrolled in the other course. Acceptance is contingent upon maintaining a "B" average between the two courses.
Students transferring from another institution or those seeking admission to UNM for the first time must submit a formal application to the UNM Office of Admissions. Consult the UNM general catalog for information regarding application and transfer regulations.
This means that College of Population Health candidates actually complete two separate application processes – one submitted to the University, with a second submitted to the College of Population Health.
The BS in Population Health is granted to students upon fulfillment of the following:
- Completion of 121 credit hours of course work of the prescribed curriculum.
- Completion of the UNM core curriculum.
- Completion of at least 42 credit hours of upper-division course work numbered 300 or above.
- Compliance with the minimum residence requirements, as stated in the Undergraduate Program in the UNM Catalog.
- Areas of focused study are optional, and credit hours may vary from 12-15 hours, depending on the selected topic.
Maintenance of an overall minimum GPA of 2.0.
|UNM Core||Credit Hours|
|Area 1||Writing and Speaking||9|
|Area 3||Physical and Natural Sciences||7|
|Area 4||Social and Behavioral Sciences||6|
|Area 6||Foreign Language||3|
|Area 7||Fine Arts||3|
|Population Health Core||Credit Hours|
|PH 101||Introduction to Population Health||3|
|PH 102||Global Health Challenges and Responses||3|
|PH 201||Population Health Biology||3|
|PH 210||Essentials of Epidemiology: The Language of Population Health||3|
|PH 221||Population Health: Introduction to Social, Cultural, Behavioral Theory||3|
|PH 230||Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health||3|
|PH 240||Health Policy: A Primer for Population Health Practice||3|
|PH 241||Fundamentals of Health Care Finance||3|
|PH 310||Population Health Research Methods||3|
|PH 350||Health Data Systems||3|
|PH 360||Population Health Management||3|
|PH 420||Population Health Evidenced-Based Practices||3|
|PH 421||Population Health Planning I||3|
|PH 422||Population Health Planning II||3|
|PH 475||Population Health Capstone||6|
|Areas of Focus|
|Examples: Biostatistics; Built Environment; Community Health Education; Disaster Medicine; Environmental Health; Exercise Science; Health Economics; Health Information Systems; Health Policy; Nutrition.||12|
|Provides students with the flexibility to explore courses||21|