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Bachelor of Public Health


The Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) major is designed to give students hands-on experience in public health through a partnership between the OU Health Sciences Center Hudson College of Public Health and the University of Oklahoma Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences. It provides the core foundation in epidemiology, health communication and policy, etc. along with chemistry, biology, and math. This major is well-suited for students who plan to work in public and/or community health after earning the bachelor’s degree. The BPH program can also be a good fit for students planning to pursue MPH degrees due to the BPH program’s integrated practicum course, which can provide hands-on experience in the field. BPH students will take classes at the OU Hudson College of Public Health (located in Oklahoma City) during their final semester of the program (must be a spring semester), which includes a practicum course and the program capstone. Students may also select an elective course from the graduate-level offerings through the OU Hudson College of Public Health.

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Students must be currently in either the Bachelor of Arts in Community Health program or the Bachelor of Science in Community Health program on the OU Norman campus before they are able to apply for the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program. The BPH program requires students to finish their degree in either a Spring or Summer semester, as the BPH-only courses offered at the OU Hudson College of Public Health are only offered in the Spring.

The following are required:

  • Must be in good standing with the University of Oklahoma.
  • All BPH prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in combined and retention and required courses.
  • Must have a minimum of 48 hours completed in the community health program. Students with more than 2-3 outstanding courses to complete for the degree (except for the 12 hours of BPH coursework) may not apply to the BPH major. Students must have ALL major requirements completed (or in progress to be completed) at the time of application. Students who plan to take both the BPH coursework and any remaining requirements via OU-Norman risk unavoidable course conflicts which can delay graduation. The OU Hudson College of Public Health and OU-Norman are not responsible for accommodating students with time conflicts in the spring semester they take BPH courses.


Hudson College of Public Health applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and applications will be reviewed as they are complete. All materials must be submitted by the deadlines listed below for full consideration.

Bachelor of Public Health

  • Spring: September 1


Please click here to go to the OU Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences public and community health programs to apply.  Click on the “BPH Application” on the website and send the completed application to


OU Public and Community Health Programs
OU Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Oklahoma
633 Elm Avenue
Norman, OK  73019

Academic Advisor: Natalie Dickson
Phone: (405) 325-4411
Website: Public and Community Health

Hudson College of Public Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

801 NE 13th Street, Suite 165
Oklahoma City, OK  73104

Office of Student Services
Phone: (405) 271-2308


Click here to schedule a virtual, phone, or in-person prospective student appointment with one of our OU Hudson College of Public Health Advisors.

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