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 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
Research methods selective
3 credits from the following:
PUBH 3152Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
PUBH 3199Topics in Public Health (Public Health Research Methods topic only)
EXNS 3111WExercise 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. These credits may be accounted for by double counting courses taken to fulfill General Education and/or general elective requirements. Students should consult a GWSPH undergraduate advisors for assistance in course selection.
BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
CHEM 2151
CHEM 2153
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2152
CHEM 2154
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
BISC 3261Introductory Medical Biochemistry
or CHEM 3165 Biochemistry I
MATH 1220Calculus 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 1001General Psychology
or SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology
PHYS 1011
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 the BS in public health program guide.

*Students must take all required courses at GW unless an exception is granted by the GWSPH dean of undergraduate programs. Permission is granted only if there are strong extenuating circumstances that call for such an exception.

**If an internal transfer student has taken a course similar to PUBH 1010  in another program, the PUBH 1010 requirement is waived. In such cases students should consult with their advisor. 

Students must comply with policies and procedures as outlined in University Regulations, GWSPH Regulations, and the 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.