ADT in Public Health Science

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 factors; 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.

CSU Major(s): Health Science, Health Science with Health Education option, Health Science with Public Health option, Health Science with Community Health option, Health Science with Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Health Education, Public Health, Public Health Promotion, Kinesiology with Health Education, Kinesiology with Health Science option, Kinesiology with Health and Wellness Promotion, Kinesiology with Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Collaborative Health and Human Services with Community Health option.

A.S.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Public Health Science A.S.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Student 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 understand the roles of health promotion, health protection, population health, and epidemiology in public health.
  3. Students will be prepared for transfer as a Public Health Science major. 

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
KIN 168Introduction to Public Health3
KIN 171Health and Wellness3
or KIN 171H Health and Wellness - Honors
BIOL 105General Biology4
or BIOL 105H General Biology - Honors
BIOL 200Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 201Human Physiology4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I5
MATH 165Introductory Statistics 14
or MATH 165H Introductory Statistics - Honors
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
or PSY 101H Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
Principles of Microeconomics3
Introduction to Sociology3
Total Units33

MATH 165 is degree applicable with or without MATH 065. If taken with MATH 065, only the units for MATH 165 will be counted towards the degree.

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
KIN 168 Introduction to Public Health 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
MATH 165
Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
Winter Term 1
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
ENGL 103
Composition and Critical Thinking
or Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
Spring Term 1
CHEM 110 Beginning General Chemistry 5
KIN 166 American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts 3
BIOL 105
General Biology
or General Biology - Honors
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
Summer Term 1
PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Psychology - Honors
KIN 171
Health and Wellness
or Health and Wellness - Honors
Fall Term 2
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
BIOL 200 Human Anatomy 4
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of Women in the United States
Winter Term 2
POLI 103
American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
ECON 101
Principles of Macroeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
or Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Sociology - Honors
Spring Term 2
BIOL 201 Human Physiology 4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 5
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
 Total Units68

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


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