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Public Health Science, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T)

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Banner Code: 1_AST_HLTH
Control Number: 35503

Students graduating with an Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Public Health Science AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer focuses on an understanding of the health of populations. This degree is designed to prepare students in the study of public health science and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work. Students choosing this degree program will study a range of topics related to human health and disease including: core functions and disciplines of public health; human anatomy and physiology; diseases and their causes, including risk factor; distributions of diseases; primary prevention strategies; and behavior-change theory and application. Students will be gain understanding of the biopsychosocial basis for health and healthy populations. Further they will be able to understand and assess the burden of disease on the health of populations, including the impact of environmental exposures; use of data to support evidence based practices; develop and deliver health programs and interventions that are based on behavior frameworks; and evaluate health programs and initiatives for effectiveness. Public Health Science bridges the gap between scientific discoveries and the application of this knowledge to improve the quality of life.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to assess the burden of disease on the health of populations, including the impact of environmental exposures and use data to support evidence based practices.
  2. Students will be able to develop and deliver health programs and interventions that are based on behavior frameworks, and evaluate health programs and initiatives for effectiveness.
  3. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
PUBH A100Personal Health3
PUBH A200Introduction to Public Health3
MATH A160Introduction to Statistics4
or PSYC A160 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BIOL A100/A100HIntroduction to Biology4
CHEM A180General Chemistry A5
PSYC A100/A100HIntroduction to Psychology3
BIOL A220Human Anatomy5
BIOL A225Human Physiology5
List A
Select one of the following:3
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Nutrition
Principles of Human Sexuality 1
Drugs, Health, and Society
Health and Social Justice
Introduction to Sociology
Program Major Units35
CSU or IGETC for CSU37-39
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60