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Public Health

Are you ready to make a difference in your community? Get your AA degree in Public Health from Arapahoe Community College.

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Protect the health and safety of your community with an Associate of Arts Transfer Degree in Public Health.

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Public health is on nearly everyone's minds right now, whether they know it by that term or not, because it is the science of keeping people healthy. Public health workers protect and promote health and well-being in their communities by encouraging healthy lifestyles, researching diseases, and responding to emergency disease outbreaks.

If you are interested in health, public services, natural sciences, and social sciences and want a values-driven career where you can serve vulnerable populations and challenge scientific misinformation, health inequities, and social injustice, ACC's Public Health AA degree program will help you Move Mountains toward a growing and rewarding career.

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Transfer Options

The 2-year Public Health AA degree offers a strong foundation for transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a Bachelor's degree. We have transfer agreements with University of Colorado Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Fort Lewis College, Colorado State University - Pueblo, and Metropolitan State University of Denver to make transferring as easy as possible.

CIP 512201 (DPUH)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (32- 34 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • Any two GT-AH courses (can be GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral (6 credit hours)

Plus any one of the following:

  • ANT 2550 - Medical Anthropology 3 Credits
Additional Required Courses (12 credit hours)

Please note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Choose ONE from:

Choose ONE from:

Choose ONE from:

  • ANT 2550 - Medical Anthropology 3 Credits*
  • PSY 2222 - Psychology of Death and Dying
  • SOC 2037 - Sociology of Death and Dying 3 Credits

* If not taken to fulfill the Social & Behavioral Science Requirement

** Course can be used to replace Health and Disease at Fort Lewis College

Choose one additional course from GT-MA1, GT-SC1, or GT-SC2

Electives (14-16 credit hours)

Choose in consultation with a program advisor at the receiving four-year institution

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60. (See section on limitations regarding any additional courses taken in the major. Students should consider using their free electives to explore an additional area of focus.)

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (2075) and Independent Study (2085): ANT, ART, BIO (1000 OR above), CHE, ECO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHY (1105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Total: 60 Credit Hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

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ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered if there are any prerequisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements, and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.

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