What will I learn?

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) together created the undergraduate Public Health program. There are two-degree undergraduate program options for Public Health the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) at CU-Denver.

Public health professionals work to protect the environment, identify sources of illness in population groups, control disease outbreaks, evaluate the economic ramifications of changing demographics, developing interventions to promote healthy behavior, and produce health policy legislation. Public health draws from a broad array of disciplines, such as the social and behavioral sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, business, economics, statistics, epidemiology, law, and biology; each provides unique insights for the diverse set of activities involved in public health practice.

5 Year BA/BS to master’s in public health (MPH)

This 5-year degree program combines the Bachelor of Art/Bachelor of Science (BA/BS) of Public Health (PBHL) and the Master of Public Health (MPH). These degrees are offered, respectively, at the University of Colorado Denver by the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the downtown campus, and the Colorado School of Public Health, a joint venture of the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. The free-standing PBHL is composed of 120 credits of coursework (43 specifics to the BA and 73 specifics to the BS, with the remainder being part of the larger requirements for a bachelor’s degree). The free-standing MPH program is 42 credit hours and typically completed in 2 years.

To facilitate timely completion of the program, students are expected to take 6 credits in each of 2 summers. If students apply late to this program, (including having already completed additional PBHL core requirements), they may not be able to benefit from all of the substitution-based time savings, and therefore may not be able to complete the program in 5 years.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Describe and apply the social-ecological perspective to health and diseases; that is, understand health as the outcome of processes that occur on many levels, ranging from the social and cultural context to cellular and intracellular processes.
  • Integrate multiple disciplines and research traditions to identify and explain the social, behavioral, and biological determinants of health, wellness, and disease in human communities and populations;
  • Understand apply the core principles of health promotion/disease prevention to specific health problems in the community
  • Describe the basic elements of the health policy processes and identify and describe the major institutional players in health policy, both domestically and internationally;
  • Analyze how health needs, perceptions of health needs, and the organizational and social structures through which health services are delivered and received vary cross-culturally;
  • Articulate the basic structure, organization, and financing principles of contemporary health care systems;
  • Use the statistical, imaging, and qualitative research skills necessary for problem-solving and critical thinking in the areas of epidemiology, health care, planning, and community health needs assessment.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
$28,888.00 (21,43,027) per year
USD $28,888 for Bachelor’s degree; USD $17,913 for Master degree
Start date

18 January 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

1201 Larimer Street,



80217, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are considered under freshmen admission standards if: applying for the first time after graduating from high school or passing a high school equivalency exam; and/or earned fewer than 24 college-level credit hours since high school graduation.

For international students

Bachelor’s requirements

Applicants must have completed their high school equivalent qualification, as well as any secondary school coursework completed prior to enrollment in the US.

Masters requirements

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited college or university or demonstrate completion of work equivalent to the baccalaureate or master’s degree given at CU Denver. Students must have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or better (“A” is equal to 4.0) or a 3.00 or better GPA in twelve (12) credit hours or more of a partially completed graduate level master’s degree program.

Minimum TOEFL IBT Total Score: 79; TOEFL Sub scores (Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17).

Minimum IELTS Overall Band Score: 6.5, IELTS Sub scores as 5.5.

Minimum PTE Academic Score Accepted: 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.