Public Health
Bachelor of Science in Health

A Bachelor of Science in Health from UTSA will teach you a broad range of health topics like emotional wellness, growth and development, principles of weight management, drugs and health. The program features academic coursework along with practical hands-on experience through a required internship. The program will prepare you to pursue public and community health careers in city, county, state and national government health agencies, corporate wellness programs and voluntary health agencies.

Summer Wilmoth“My BS in Health provided me with knowledge and hands-on skills needed for a career that allows me to serve, improve the health of, and quality of life for the people in my community.”

– Summer Wilmoth ’10, ’12, Research Scientist & Senior Research Program Coordinator

Top job titles for Health graduates include:

  • Health educator
  • Life support coordinator
  • Health counselor
  • Wellness counselor
  • Senior public health specialist

Internship Policy

Experiential learning is a valuable element for health professionals. An internship enables the student to gain practical experience as a professional under conditions conducive to educational development. The internship is a time-limited, supervised period of health education activities carried out in a health-oriented organization. All Health majors are expected to complete an internship (6 semester credit hours, 300 hours of time on site).

Health majors are eligible to apply for an internship if they:
  • Have completed all degree requirements of the major and support work
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Are within 13 hours of graduation (including the 6 hours of the internship)
Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will not be allowed to complete the internship. The program coordinator will assign students who do not meet the GPA requirement two upper-level courses (3 credit hours each) to take in place of the internship course. Mandatory meetings are held in the semester prior to the student enrolling in the internship. These meetings are held in June (for Fall), October (for Spring), and March (for Summer). Students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to the meeting to verify that they are eligible for the internship. This must be done by October 1st, March 1st, or May 1st for the respective internship meeting. Students must bring a signed degree plan from their advisor to the mandatory internship meeting. Students who miss the meeting may be ineligible for the internship in the following semester. Extenuating circumstances must be documented and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the internship coordinator. Students requesting an internship at a site that requires a criminal background check are responsible for having the background check completed and submitted to the internship site for approval. Students are responsible for paying any fees associated with the completion of the background check. Students must have the background check completed and accepted by the internship site when the work plan for the internship is submitted.
Students who wish to appeal the internship requirement due to prior work experience may do so by completing and submitting the appeal form, available from the academic advisor, with written documentation to a three-member review committee. Prior work experience is defined as a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in the field of the respective degree. Written documentation submitted with the form includes: 1) a letter from the student detailing his or her work experience, how it fits his or her degree plan, and his or her career goals; 2) the student’s resume; and 3) a letter from his or her work supervisor verifying employment and stating the extent of their job responsibilities and the relationship to the degree. The appeal packet must be received by the department internship coordinator no later than October 7th, March 7th, or May 7th, for the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters, respectively. The committee will meet prior to the internship meeting to discuss the appeals and make a recommendation to the Department Chair. Students who are denied appeals must attend the internship meeting and complete the internship.


Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the B.S. degree in Health must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

STA 1053 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233  should be used to satisfy one of the Life and Physical Sciences core requirements. HTH 2413  should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. COM 2113  should be used to satisfy the core requirement in the Component Area Option.

Please visit the Undergraduate Catalog for Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements as well as the Degree Requirements. Click here for the Undergraduate Catalog.

Department of Public Health

Phone: 210-458-8169
Location: MB 3.324
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644