Major Information FAQ
Yes. The earlier you identify your interest in Public Health, the better. Depending on your second major, some of the classes may count toward the Major’s Collateral Field requirement. If you double major, you are required to take our Department’s Junior Year Writing course.
No, there is not a minor established at this time.
Public Health Courses:
The required core Public Health classes fill up quickly because the program is rapidly growing. Department faculty have been very responsive to the needs of the program, even adapting several courses for summer online options, but there still may be times when you will need to wait to take a class. If you contact a professor, explain why you are interested in taking the course and how you would be a valuable asset in their course. Also, it may be helpful to show up on the first day of class to talk to them in person. Please remember to be respectful.
Other Departmental Courses:
Courses that fulfill other parts of the public health requirement (foundation classes, collateral field classes, and math and statistics classes) are not under our jurisdiction. You will need to contact professors or departments to learn how they handle closed courses. If you contact the professor about making an exception, explain how you will be incorporating the course into your Public Health studies. Often, professors are interested in the public health perspective and will allow you to register. However, exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Two tracks are available within the major: social science and science. Both tracks prepare students for entry-level public health positions and graduate school. Each track consists of four components: mathematics and statistics courses, foundation courses, public health core courses, and courses chosen from collateral fields related to public health. Students may choose tracks based on their interests and academic strengths.
The Social Science Track is designed for students interested in community health education and health care management and policy. This track is a good match for students who strive in the social and behavioral sciences.
The Science Track is intended for students interested in research, epidemiology, biostatistics, pre-med, pre-nursing, and physician assistant school. This track is a good match for students who strive in math and sciences.
Applications can be submitted at any time. However, to get priority for the following class registration period, application materials must be submitted by the following dates:
- Fall semester deadline: October 15th
- Spring semester deadline: March 1st
Applications will be reviewed monthly. You should expect to hear about your acceptance into the major within six weeks of your application being submitted.