Public Health (BS)

Offered by the Department of Health Studies, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Admission is through formal declaration of major.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 60 credit hours with grades of C or better

Course Requirements

Core (51 credit hours)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from no more than two elective clusters, with no more than 3 credit hours total from the 200-level. Note: Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Global Health

Health Science

Policy, Program Planning, and Evaluation

Social and Community Health

Combined Public Health (BS) and Professional Science: Biostatistics (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • To secure this option, students are encouraged to contact the Professional Science: Biostatistics (MS) program director as early in their undergraduate study as possible.
  • Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and complete Calculus I (MATH-221), Calculus II (MATH-222), and two courses in statistics by the end of the junior year.

Combined Public Health (BS) and Health Promotion Management (MS)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Undergraduates whose overall grade point average is 3.00 or higher will be considered for the combined program. Students should discuss their interest in the program with the academic advisor for the BS in Public Health program before submitting a formal application. The application for admission to the Health Promotion Management (MS) program should be completed before the fall semester of their senior year. Undergraduate students may apply up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework to satisfy the requirements for both degrees
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded

BS in Public Health Overview

The public health bachelor of science degree is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the scientific dimensions of health. The 58 credit hour BS is the degree of choice for someone who is interested in studying infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, and epidemiology.

Graduates will be trained to work in public health research, at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developing vaccination protocols, or in a similar environment. Graduates will also be well positioned to continue their education in a number of different health areas, such as allied health, public health, or medicine.

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