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.
To be admitted to the public health program a student must meet with and be signed in by a member of the public health faculty.
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Public Health must earn a grade of C or higher in all core public health courses.
Public health majors will complete the core coursework and select a specialization in either Population Health or Pre-Nursing. All majors are also required to complete a 400-hour internship experience.
Special Requirements (other than departmental)
ENG 101 and ENG 102 must be completed prior to enrollment in PUBH 240.
The pre-nursing specialization allows future professionals to enter nursing school with a solid background in public health theory and practice. CWU does not offer a degree program in nursing, but offers prerequisite courses suited for admission to professional nursing programs available across Washington.
IMPORTANT: Students MUST take responsibility for understanding current requirements of their chosen nursing program before applying to it. It is recommended and expected that students considering nursing careers will contact advisors at nursing programs of interest and ensure their own readiness for admission. Please note that CHEM 111 and CHEM 111LAB are pre-requisites for CHEM 112; students must seek information from specific departments regarding scheduling of these and other science courses. Note too that PSY 101 is a prerequisite for PSY 313; students pursuing the pre-nursing specialization are responsible for understanding requirements for enrollment in specific courses. Students choosing the pre-nursing specialization should take CHEM 111 and CHEM 111LAB at their earliest opportunity; additionally, students choosing the pre-nursing specialization are advised to choose PSY 101 as a general education fulfillment, given that it is a prerequisite for PSY 313.
NOTE: CHEM 111 and CHEM 111LAB are prerequisites for CHEM 112; PSY 101 is a prerequisite for PSY 313; thus, 10 additional credits beyond those in the major itself are required for students pursuing this specialization.