The Public Health Sciences major prepares students for entry-level public health positions; graduate programs; and medical, physician assistant, and nursing school. As of fall 2015, new major requirements were established. The major consists of four components: 1) mathematics or statistics course, 2) foundation courses (provide theoretical grounding for later course work), 3) public health core courses and electives, and 4) courses chosen in an area of focus related to public health. The required public health courses are designed to familiarize students with five areas within public health: community health education, health policy and management, environmental health sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics.
The focus area component is designed to ensure a background knowledge that supports critical thinking and creative problem-solving for current Public Health issues. The breadth of this classification provides students the opportunity to explore areas of particular interest and relevance to public health, drawing connections between disciplines in ways that foster awareness of complex issues.
The interdisciplinary curriculum has been designed to be flexible enough to prepare students for the many diverse opportunities present in the health and medical fields, and because of the diversity of these occupational possibilities in public health, the courses taken depend upon the type of career the students desires.