About the Program
The Public Health major prepares students to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs for individuals, groups, and populations in a variety of settings that include worksites, hospitals, schools, and communities. As healthcare costs continue to rise in the United States, training a highly skilled public health workforce is becoming a much greater priority. Courses in this major introduce students to the five core public health competency areas (Behavioral Social Sciences, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management).
An internship at a worksite or in a clinical, community, or government public health setting is part of the curriculum. The goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of public health areas.
After completing their BS in Public Health, some students chose to go onto graduate or professional school in: public health, (e.g., a Master of Public Health is offered by the Department), nursing, occupational (OT) or physical therapy (PT), physician’s assistant (PA), and medicine. Students also go onto work with Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.
Department of Public Health
Public Health Major Change (CODO) Requirements
120 Credits Required
Public Health Major Course Requirements (34 credits)
Environmental Health/Epidemiology/Public Health Biology Concentration (20 Credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57-60 credits)
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 4th Year
Students may also do internship during the summer and graduate in August.
- A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass. Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes. In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option. A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- “C-” or better required in all HK and PUBH courses.
- At least 32 credits of Purdue coursework required at 30000 level or higher. PUBH includes 30 credits (if taken at Purdue).
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
ASL-American Sign Language
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