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Public Health - General Studies, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner Code: 1_AA_PUBG

Control Number: 08673

Financial Aid Eligible


This program will introduce students to health, including personal health and public health. Students can choose from a variety of courses that will increase their knowledge and understanding of the biopsychosocial model of health to be able to make personal choices that reduce their risk of disease. Students will also understand health from a public health view and be able to analyze global health issue and the impact of the environment, socio-economics, politics, and culture on health and health systems. Though not a transfer degree, this option will prepare students for transfer to CSU Fullerton. Students should see a counselor for questions related to the requirements of specific CSUs.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to analyze disparity in health outcomes across populations using evidence-based methods and identify effective intervention strategies.

  2. Students will be able to advocate for policy and structural change as supported by their ability to identify the impact of environment, socioeconomics, politics, and culture on health and health systems.

  3. Student will prepare for transfer to local CSUs, ie., CSU Fullerton.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or “pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE)Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
  5. GLOBAL AND MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENT (Required for AA degree only) Some of the courses listed in this requirement can also be used to meet General Education Requirements. Courses that are repeatable for credit can only be used once in this area. - Select one or more courses from the following totaling 3 units: Anthropology A100*, A100H*, A102*, A190*, Art A108*, Communication Studies A155*, Counseling A107*, A107H*, Dance A130*, A133*, A135*, A137*, A138*, Early Childhood A126, English A152*, A173*, Ethnic Studies A100*, A150*, Fashion A125, Food, and Nutrition A185, Geography A185*, History A101*, A110*, A141, A142, A145,* A150*, A151*, A152*, A161*, A161H*, A162*, A162H*, Philosophy A120*, Psychology A105*, Religious Studies A110*, A120*, A140*, A150*, A160, Sociology A100*, A100H*, A115*, A150*, A190* *Denotes courses that fulfill CSU GE Breadth and/ or IGETC requirements. 
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
PUBH A100Personal Health3
PUBH A200Introduction to Public Health3
CMST A100Interpersonal Communication3
or CMST A110 Public Speaking
Social Science3
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology Honors
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology Honors
Biology8-9
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology Honors
Human Anatomy
Anatomy-Physiology
Human Physiology
Public Health Restricted Electives:6
Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:
PUBH A202Drugs, Health, and Society3
PUBH A203Health and Social Justice3
PUBH A230Assessing and Analyzing Health Information3
PUBH A160Peer Health Education Level 12
PUBH A210Navigating the U.S. Health Care System, Health Insurance, Public Assistance, and Benefits Programs3
or INHL A210 Navigating the U.S. Health Care System, Health Insurance, Public Assistance, and Benefits Programs
PUBH A260Peer Health Education Level 22
INHL A225Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine3
GEOG A190Digital Mapping: Introduction to GIS3
ETHS A150Ethnic Groups in the U.S.: Their Histories3
PUBH A220Techniques and Topics in Health Education3
or INHL A220 Techniques and Topics in Health Education
Program Major Units26-28
AA General Education Option 1, 2, or 3Varies
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Minimum Degree Units60

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
PUBH A100 Personal Health 3
PUBH A160 Peer Health Education Level 1 2
OCC AA GE AREA A1- CHOOSE ONE 3
CMST A100
Interpersonal Communication
or Public Speaking
3
HIST A170
History of the United States to 1876
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
3
 Units14
Semester 2
PUBH A200 Introduction to Public Health 3
AA PUBH RESTRICTED ELECTIVE- CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3
OCC AA GE AREA C1- CHOOSE ONE 1 2-4
PSCI A180
American Government
or American Government Honors
3
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 4
 Units15-17
Summer
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 3
 Units3
Year 2
Semester 1
BIOL A100
Principles of Biology
or Principles of Biology Honors
4
PSYC A100
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Psychology Honors
or Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Sociology Honors
3
OCC AA GE AREA C2- CHOOSE ONE 1 0.5-4
OCC AA GE AREA D2 OR D3- CHOOSE ONE 3
AA PUBH RESTRICTED ELECTIVE- CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3
 Units13.5-17
Semester 2
BIOL A220
Human Anatomy
or Anatomy-Physiology
or Human Physiology
4-5
AA GLOBAL/MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENT- CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AA GE AREA E2- CHOOSE ONE 1
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better): 2 3-4
Intermediate Algebra
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
 
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 3 3.5
 Units14.5-16.5
 Total Units60-67.5