As a student in the public health undergraduate program, you will develop the skills to understand and respond to health challenges that arise in local, regional, and global populations.
Our program builds on existing faculty expertise and research strengths in Arts, Sciences and Engineering and at the Medical Center. As a result, you can:
- Explore your interests in community health from a variety of perspectives, including natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
- Choose a major, minor, or complete a cluster within the program.*
- Integrate your major with an interest in the health professions, such as medical or dental school.**
- Participate in credit-bearing internships, adding real-world experience to your resume.
- Conduct research alongside experienced faculty.
- Complete an honors thesis during your senior year.
*You may choose to major, minor, or complete a cluster within the program, but cannot do more than one.
**Pre-health students should consult with a health professions advisor for information on completing the necessary pre-health admission requirements.
Public health students have the option of getting a BS in environmental health (natural sciences division) or a BA in:
- Bioethics (humanities division)
- Epidemiology (social sciences division)
- Health, behavior and society (social sciences division)
- Health policy (social sciences division)
In addition to bachelor’s degree programs, we also offer a number of minors and clusters. The majors share a set of common core courses across the key areas of the field, allowing students to understand health and health care from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Graduate Study and Career Opportunities
Learn the skills and insights to confront complex challenges in a variety of settings. Our program prepares you for careers, graduate school, or professional study in such fields as:
- Environmental health
- Medical sociology
- Public health