The public health profession focuses on preventing disease, addressing inequities and developing policies and programs that help communities achieve optimal health and well being. Our program aims to educate and empower the emerging generation of public health leaders. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares students for graduate work or careers in the field and exposes them to evidence-based research and practice experiences. Public health majors will complete the core coursework and select a specialization in wither Population Health or Pre-Nursing. All majors are also required to complete a 400-hour internship experience.
Public Health Major
Admission to the Public Health major requires a minimum cumulative CWU/combined GPA of 2.5; students who do not meet the GPA requirement or other pre-admission requirements may apply for admission on a provisional basis. Students wishing to enroll in the major must first meet with the program director.
Additional Graduation Requirements
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Public Health must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Special requirements other than departmental:
ENG 101 and ENG 102 must be completed prior to enrollment in PUBH 240. Majors must earn a C or higher in PUBH 230 and PUBH 240 in order to enroll in most other required core courses. PUBH 375 may be taken concurrently with PUBH 230.
Population health represents the area of study and practice focusing on the determinants and distribution of health across different groups of individuals. Understanding issues and situations that harm people’s potential for health, well being, and quality of life enables public health professionals to develop effective strategies to improve outcomes. The population health specialization prepares students for graduate study or career work with a variety of populations through diverse course offerings.
Specialization Required Courses
Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits from the following courses: