Program Director: E. Gray
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, 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 in the public health program may select the pre-medical professional concentration or the pre-health concentration. The pre-medical professional concentration is designed to help students fulfill the prerequisites for medical school. The public health program also may be taken without a concentration.
Visit the program website for additional information.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 34 credits in BS in public health core requirements and 41 credits in pre-medical professional concentration requirements.
|Public health core requirements|
|34 credits, including the research methods selective.|
|PUBH 1010||First-Year Experience in Public Health|
|PUBH 1101||Introduction to Public Health and Health Services|
|PUBH 2110||Public Health Biology|
|PUBH 2112||Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion|
|PUBH 2142||Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health|
|PUBH 3130||Health Services Management and Economics|
|PUBH 3132||Health and Environment|
|PUBH 3133||Global Health and Development|
|PUBH 3135W||Health Policy|
|PUBH 4140W||Senior Seminar|
|One research methods selective course (3 credits) from the following:|
|PUBH 3199||Topics in Public Health (Research Methods in Public Health topic only)|
|EXNS 3111W||Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Research Methods|
|A minimum of 12 credits in pre-approved public health elective courses; no more than 9 of these credits may come from study abroad or non-GW domestic institutions.|
See the list of preapproved electives for the BS in public health program.
|Pre-medical professional concentration requirements|
|The following courses (41 credits) are required for the pre-medical professional concentration. Some of these credits may be accounted for when courses are taken to fulfill General Education requirements, others through general elective requirements.|
|BISC 1111||Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules|
|BISC 1112||Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms|
|CHEM 1111||General Chemistry I|
|CHEM 1112||General Chemistry II|
& CHEM 2153
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
& CHEM 2154
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
|BISC 3261||Introductory Medical Biochemistry|
|or CHEM 3165||Biochemistry I|
|MATH 1220||Calculus with Precalculus I|
|or MATH 1221||Calculus with Precalculus II|
|or MATH 1231||Single-Variable Calculus I|
|or MATH 1232||Single-Variable Calculus II|
|PSYC 1001||General Psychology|
|or SOC 1001||Introduction to Sociology|
& PHYS 1012
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II
|or PHYS 1021|
& PHYS 1022
| University Physics I|
and University Physics II
|or PHYS 1025|
& PHYS 1026
| University Physics I with Biological Applications|
and University Physics II with Biological Applications
Additional recommended courses for students pursuing the pre-medical professional concentration can be found in SPH's BS in public health program guide.
Students must comply with policies and procedures as outlined in University Regulations, GWSPH Regulations, and SPH's program guide. Students should pay special attention to SPH requirements for completing human research training, completing eight hours of professional enhancement activities, and passing the academic integrity quiz.