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Preparatory Coursework for Public Health Programs

While schools of public health look for high graduate entrance exam scores and GPA, other aspects of an applicant's record, such as a career achievement, professional experience, and clarity of career goals, are equally important. Admissions decisions are based on an overall assessment of the ability of applicants to successfully complete the degree track area selected.

Each program or track within a given department may set additional requirements for admission, therefore, applicants should refer to the individual programs for details.

Students in schools of public health come from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The following is a broad sampling of undergraduate majors that may help prepare you for your field of interest. Please note that this is only a partial list and any discipline can prepare a person for most public health studies.

Samples of Undergraduate Majors/Minors

  • Math, Statistics, Natural or Computer Sciences
  • Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology
  • Economics, Political Science, Business
  • Social Sciences, Political Science, History,Natural Sciences, Anthropology
  • Biology, Chemistry, Engineering
  • Biology, Social Sciences, Policy, Social Work

Possible Field Concentration

  • Epidemiology or Biostatistics
  • Behavioral Sciences/Health Educ.
  • Health Services Administration
  • Global/International Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Maternal and Child Health