Bachelor of Science with a Major in Public Health

Program Director  S. Wilensky

Advisor M. Sullivan

The bachelor of science with a major in public health degree program is intended to convey to students technical detail and analytic skills with a liberal arts philosophical base. It has the educational objectives of nurturing critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of information, and recognizing the historical and societal associations of current trends in public health and health care delivery. While nurturing students’ capacity to think analytically and creatively, the program strives to deepen students' commitment to improving the public’s health.

Students who began their academic career at GW become eligible to apply to the public health major in the fall semester of their sophomore year.  Applicants must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

One of the following or other pre-approved prerequisite to PUBH 2110 AND PUBH 3133:
BISC 1005The Biology of Nutrition and Health
BISC 1115
BISC 1125
Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
and Introduction to Cells and Molecules Laboratory *
As a prerequisite to PUBH 3130:
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I
As a prerequisite to PUBH 3131:
One semester of statistics (STAT 1127 preferred)
Required for the major
30 credits in public health core courses
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2112Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3131Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease
PUBH 3132Health and Environment
PUBH 3133Global Health and Development
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 4140WSenior Seminar
12 credits in approved elective courses from the following. No more than 9 credits may be taken through study abroad programs and/or domestic non-GW courses.
AMST 3950Special Topics (Narrative Medicine in American History only)
ANTH 3504Illness, Healing, and Culture
ANTH 3513Anthropology of Human Rights
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
BADM 4101Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
BIOC 3560Diet, Health, and Longevity
BISC 3450Evolutionary Medicine
or BISC 3450W Evolutionary Medicine
EHS 2107Theory and Practice of Research in a Clinical Setting
EXNS 1114Community Nutrition
EXNS 1199Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (Nutrition and Disease only)
EXNS 2119Introduction to Nutrition Science
EXNS 2122Food Systems in Public Health
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
GEOG 2127Population Geography
GEOG 2137Environmental Hazards
HIST 3363Race, Medicine, and Public Health
HLWL 1106Drug Awareness
HLWL 1109Human Sexuality
HONR 2047Self and Society Seminar
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Science, Policy, and Technology only)
PHIL 2124Philosophies of Disability
PHIL 2281Philosophy of the Environment
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2114Environment, Health, and Development
PUBH 2115Health, Human Rights, and Displaced Persons
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3116Global Health Systems Performance
PUBH 3136Health Law
PUBH 3137Global Public Health Nutrition
PUBH 3150Sustainable Energy and Environmental Health
PUBH 3151Current Issues in Bioethics
PUBH 3152Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health
STAT 2118Regression Analysis
STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
SUST 2003The Sustainable Plate

*Honors Program students and those who have been invited to join the Scholars in Quantitative and Natural Sciences (SQNS) Program take BISC 1120 instead of BISC 1125 for the lab component.

Students must take all required courses at GW unless an exception is granted by the SPH Director of Undergraduate Programs. Permission is granted only if there are strong extenuating circumstances that call for such an exception.

Students must comply with policies and procedures as outlined in University and SPH regulations. Students should pay particular attention to SPH requirements for completing human research training, completing 8 hours of professional enhancement activities, and passing the academic integrity quiz.

Coursework for the university general education requirement in the bachelor of science in public health is distributed as follows:

  • Communication—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing-in-the-disciplines (WID) courses; 
  • Critical Analysis in the Humanities—one approved course in humanities that involves critical thinking skills;
  • Quantitative Reasoning—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics;
  • Scientific Reasoning—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry; and,
  • Critical Analysis in the Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences 

Please visit the university general education requirement page for a list of qualifying courses.