Public Health Science AS-T Degree

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer, also called the Public Health Science AS-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to the California State University campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in Health, Health Science and Public Health Science. The Public Health Science AS-T degree 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 factor; 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.

To earn an AS-T in Public Health Science degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of 18 units more. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning this AS-T degree will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major).

Required Courses
HS 013General Nutrition3
HS 073Introduction to Public Health3
BI 004Elements of Biology4
BI 013Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI 014Human Anatomy and Physiology II5
CH 003Introductory General Chemistry4
KINE 010Personal & Community Health3
MATH 014Statistical Methods4
PSY 001General Psychology3
Select one of the following: 137-39
Required Subtotal33
Transferable electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2
DEGREE TOTAL60

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).