For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052
Contact for questions: or 202-994-6040

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits, including 19 credits in University General Education Requirement courses; 34 credits in core public health courses, including 3 credits in public health research methods; 12 credits in approved public health elective courses; and 55 credits in additional electives.*

Required for the major
Public health core: 34 credits, including the research methods selective.
PUBH 1010First-Year Experience in Public Health *
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2112Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion
PUBH 2142Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3131Epidemiology
PUBH 3132Health and Environment
PUBH 3133Global Health and Development
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 4140WSenior Seminar
One research methods selective course (3 credits) from the following:
PUBH 3152Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health (in topic Public Health Research Methods Only)
EXNS 3111WExercise and Nutrition Sciences Research Methods
12 credits selected from the following list of approved elective courses; no more than 9 of these credits may be taken through study abroad programs and/or non-GW domestic institutions.
AMST 3950Special Topics (Narrative Medicine in American History only)
ANTH 3503Psychological Anthropology
ANTH 3504Illness, Healing, and Culture
ANTH 3513Anthropology of Human Rights
or ANTH 3513W Anthropology of Human Rights
BADM 4101Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
or BADM 4101W Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
BIOC 3560Diet, Health, and Longevity
BISC 2450Organic Evolution
BISC 3450Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine
or BISC 3450W Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine
COMM 3179Sexual Communication
CSCI 1011Introduction to Programming with Java
CSCI 1012Introduction to Programming with Python
CSCI 1121Introduction to C Programming
ECON 2151Economic Development
EHS 2107Theory and Practice of Research in a Clinical Setting
EHS 2109Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
EHS 3175Community Risk Management and Safety in Emergency Health Services
EXNS 1114Community Nutrition
EXNS 1199Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (in Nutrition and Disease and International Nutrition only)
EXNS 2116Exercise and Health Psychology
EXNS 2119Introduction to Nutrition Science
EXNS 2122Food Systems in Public Health
EXNS 2123Nutrition and Chronic Disease
EXNS 3995Undergraduate Research
GEOG 1003Society and Environment
GEOG 2104Introduction to Cartography and GIS
GEOG 2127Population Geography
GEOG 2137Environmental Hazards
GEOG 3106Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
HIST 3363Race, Medicine, and Public Health
HLWL 1106Drug Awareness
HLWL 1109Human Sexuality
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness (Residential delivery only)
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics (Residential delivery only)
HSCI 2118Global Women's Health
HSCI 3100Applied Health Equity in Washington, DC
HSCI 4103Healthcare Law and Regulation
PHIL 2124Philosophies of Disability
PHIL 2125WPhilosophy of Race and Gender
PHIL 2281Philosophy of the Environment
PSC 2367Human Rights
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
PSYC 3199Current Topics in Psychology (Substance Abuse and Addictions only)
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2114Environment, Health, and Development
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3115Global Health and Human Rights
PUBH 3116Global Health Systems Performance
PUBH 3136Health Law
PUBH 3150Sustainable Energy and Environmental Health
PUBH 3151WCurrent Issues in Bioethics
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health
PUBH 3201Introduction to Bioinformatics
PUBH 3202Introduction to Genomics
PUBH 3995Undergraduate Research
PUBH 4199Independent Study
PUBH 4201Practical Computing
PUBH 4202Bioinformatics Algorithms and Data Structures
SOC 2189Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Rethinking DC Youth and Policing Only)
STAT 2118Regression Analysis
STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
or STAT 2183W Intermediate Statistical Laboratory: Statistical Computing Packages
WGSS 3170Special Topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Writing/Righting Black Girl's and Women's Health Only)

*Students must take all required courses at GW unless an exception is granted by the GWSPH Dean of Undergraduate Programs. Permission is granted only when strong extenuating circumstances call for such an exception.

**If an internal transfer student has completed a course similar to PUBH 1010 in another program, that course might be accepted as an alternative to PUBH 1010. In such cases the the student should consult with their advisor.

All students must comply with policies and procedures outlined in University Regulations, GWSPH Regulations, and the program guide. 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 

A list of qualifying courses can be found under University General Education Requirement in this Bulletin.