Department of Public Health Sciences

Department Undergraduate Courses

Lower Division Course (SPH)

For research and independent study courses (92, 190C, 192, 198, 199), students need to contact faculty directly to complete this form: Variable Unit Agreement. More information on department faculty can be found at the following link: Once a course is set up, then students need to e-mail for the course registration number (CRN).

92. Internship in Community Health (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing; consent of instructor. Students apply theory and concepts learned in the classroom through field work in a community health agency. (P/NP grading only)

Upper Division Courses

101. Introduction to Public Health (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: undergraduate standing. Provide basic concepts and controversies in public health, basic science of public health, social and behavioral factors in health and disease, environmental and occupational health issues, the relationship of public health to the medical care system and health care reform. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci | SE or SS — W, S. (W, S.) Cassady

102. Introduction to Human Epidemiology (3)

Lecture-1.5 hours; discussion-1.5 hours. Learn and understand the practice of epidemiology as it relates to human populations. The content is funda¬mental to the Public Health minor and a required core course. GE credit: SE.—S. (S.) Garcia

104. Globalization and Health: Evidence and Policies (3)

Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours. Open to undergraduate and graduate level students. The course Globalization and Health brings all these questions together to investigate the multiple effects of globalization on health and emphasizes available evidence and policies.-(I)

105. Health Disparities (2)

Lecture—2 hours. Introduction to the principles and practice of health disparities research. GE credit: DD, SS.—W. (W.) Garcia

190. Topics in Public Health (1)

Seminar – 1 hour. Seminar on key issues and current topics in public health. (P/NP grading)

190C. Research Conference in Community and International Health (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Weekly conference on research problems, progress, and techniques in Community and International Health. Critical discussion of recent journal articles. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

  • 190C -Medlife Internship (1)
    MEDLIFE is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting medicine, education, and development in underprivileged communities in South America, Tanzania, and India. As part of their attempt to bring healthcare to rural areas, MEDLIFE provides the opportunity for students to travel to these communities and provide assistance by working in temporary medical clinics. This course will serve to introduce students to topics in global healthcare and education: 1) the importance of preventative health awareness, globally and 2) medical and conversational Spanish skills that can enhance students’ knowledge of global medical issues and inequalities in healthcare. In order to accomplish these goals, the course will meet once a week, each meeting lasting 1 hour. (P/NP grading). Pollock

192. Internship in Community Health Practice (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: upper division and graduate students; consent of instructor. The student, through fieldwork in a community health agency, learns to apply theory and concepts learned in the classroom. (P/NP grading only). If a specific internship is not set up, students’ needs to reach out to the faculty directly to sponsor an internship or to set one up.

  • 192. Marbles Study (Internship in Community Health Practice) (1-2)
    This course offers students the opportunity to learn about the causes of autism, ways in which it is diagnosed and can be treated, and various types of research on autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays. The internship component also involves students in work experiences to give them exposure to the conduct of research with human subjects, ethical issues of research, concerns regarding quality control and other aspects of data and specimen collection and processing, and more generally, the day-to-day functioning of large research projects. Offered each quarter. (P/NP grading). Hertz-Picciotto. Need to email McKenzie C Oliver,, for instructions on applying.

  • 192. Internship in Community Health Practice (1)
    Through the UC Davis Health Education and Promotion (HEP) Program 1 unit per quarter for nonpaid volunteers; up to two units per quarter for paid student staff who work for HEP. Students need to contact Polly Paulson directly for course approval, (P/NP grading only)- I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

    (Both paid and volunteer student positions with HEP require an application and interview. The selection process takes place Winter quarter for the paid student assistant positions and Spring quarter for unpaid volunteer positions for the following full academic year.
    Refer to for more information and application deadlines. )

198. Study in Community and International Health (1-5)

Prerequisite: undergraduate standing and consent of instructor. Study and experience for undergraduate students in any number of areas in community and international health. (P/NP grading only.)

199. Research in Community and International Health (1-5)

Prerequisite: undergraduate standing; consent of instructor. Student will work with faculty member in areas of research interest, including but not limited to injury control, international health, health policy, occupational and environmental health, health promotion and wellness, women’s health, and health demographics. (P/NP grading only)