Program Overview


The College of Public Health & Health Professions (PHHP) is one of the most diversified health education institutions in the nation. Established in 1958, the College of Health Professions was the first college of its type in the United States dedicated to educating students of many different health professions in an academic health center. In 2003, the College changed its name to the College of Public Health & Health Professions and expanded its mission to include public health on a broad scale. Currently, PHHP is one of six colleges that comprise the University of Florida Health Science Center – other colleges include Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine. With over 2,200 students, the College is a national leader in the education of health professionals. We emphasize the development of intellectual resources and skills that can prepare our graduates to prosper in today’s complex health systems. Additionally, the College is committed to developing cutting edge science and outreach in areas such as aging and disability, disaster response, health systems functioning, and behavioral and environmental determinants of health for individuals and communities. PHHP is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and improving the health and well-being of populations, communities, and individuals. To fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research, and service. Consistent with our mission, the College has three primary goals:

  • Provide excellent educational programs that prepare graduates to address the multifaceted health needs of populations, communities, and individuals.
  • Conduct quality research and disseminate findings that are responsive to priority health needs.
  • Serve as active participants and leaders in University, public health, health practice, and health services communities through collaborative approaches to intervention, professional practice, and policy.



The Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) program is a limited access program designed for students whose career goal is to work in the health professions providing service to individuals and communities. Students applying to our program are typically pursuing health related professions such as medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, speech-language pathology, dentistry, epidemiology, or public health. Our program is limited access which requires student  to apply to the program in their sophomore year. If accepted, students will have the opportunity to enroll in a specialized curriculum while continuing to complete their prerequisite coursework for graduate school. The BHS program includes two majors: Health Science and Communication Sciences & Disorders. Students entering the Health Science major can choose from the following specialty tracks: General Health Science, Pre-Occupational Therapy, or Pre-Physical Therapy. Each track consists of coursework designed to expand the student’s health care knowledge, better understand human disease and disability,  improve leadership and communication skills, and help the student think critically about various individual and public health issues. Similarly, students entering the Communication Sciences & Disorders major enroll in a specialized curriculum designed to prepare students interested in pursuing graduate education in either speech-language pathology or audiology.

  • Degree Awarded for all Tracks: Bachelor of Health Science (BHS)
  • Total # Hours Required for Graduation: 120 (from freshman through senior year)
  • Total # Hours Required in the Junior-Senior Year: 60 semester credits of 3000-level coursework or higher. 2000-level courses taken in the junior-senior years do not count toward the 60 semester credits of required junior-senior level coursework.


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