Program Description

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer focuses on disease and injury prevention strategies for community and individual wellness. The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer is designed to provide students a clear transfer pathway to the CSU within the health science field major and the completion of baccalaureate degree, with guaranteed admission to a CSU to a similar major with junior standing, and the ability to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

Additionally, the Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer focuses on providing job related and introduction to the various career pathways within this field. The public health field includes disciplines such as patient health navigator, health education outreach, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, environmental health, behavioral health, and occupational health. Skill competencies include knowledge of public health models, health risk assessments, health screenings, health promotion programming, and surveillance of disease outbreaks in a community.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The Associate in Science in Public Health for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the below major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.) 

Associate in Science in Public Health for Transfer Degree

Major Requirements


  • HED 044 – Health Education (3)
  • HED 050 – Introduction to Public Health (3)
  • STAT 050 – Elementary Statistics (4)
  • BIOL 011 – General Biology (4)
    • or BIOL 011H – Honors General Biology (4)
  • CHEM 002A – Introduction to Chemistry (4)
    • or CHEM 001A – General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis (5)
  • PSYC 001 – Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • ANAT 025 – Human Anatomy (4)
  • PYSO 001 – Human Physiology (4)


  • ECON 001B – Principles of Economics (3)
  • ECON 001A – Principles of Economics (3)
  • NUTR 011 – Human Nutrition (3)
  • PSYC 025 – Human Sexuality (3)
  • HED 051 – Health and Social Justice (3)
  • HED 052 – Drugs, Health, and Society (3)
  • SOC 001 – Introductory Sociology (3)

Required Units

  • Required Subtotal: 32-33 UNITS
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 37 - 39 
  • Degree Total: 60 UNITS

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.