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    May 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Public Health Sciences Major (BA)

The Public Health Sciences Major prepares students for jobs or advanced study in a wide range of areas including health promotion, chronic disease prevention, infectious disease prevention and outbreak investigation, health equity, health promotion, health and wellness program development, health policy and advocacy, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, food safety, behavioral and mental health sciences, community health, and international/global health.

Students planning to pursue graduate study in public health should check the admission requirements of the programs they are interested in applying to, and make sure they are completing all required prerequisite courses.

Students wishing to pursue a health professional degree (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, chiropractic medicine, etc.) after graduation from Hamline will need to complete an additional series of required prerequisite courses before applying to one of these programs. These courses will need to be completed in addition to the Public Health Sciences Major courses. All students interested in admission to a health professional program should work closely with a Pre-Health Advisor to make sure they are completing the appropriate prerequisite courses.


Major Requirements

The public health sciences major requires 13 courses as follows:


One of the following:

Biology Foundation

One of the following course sequences (2 or 3 courses):

Internship or Research Experience

One internship or independent research project in the public health sciences:

  • PBHL 3990: Internship
  • PBHL 4010: Collaborative Research
  • PBHL 5010: Departmental Honors

Elective Courses

Four elective courses are required from the list below, at least three must be 3000-level. Students may choose up to three elective courses from outside of public health sciences. Students who complete the BIOL 1510-1520 sequence must also take a 3000-level biology elective. Please note that this list is not comprehensive; courses from several disciplines may count as electives, with the approval of the Program Director.

Many of these courses have prerequisites. Please check the course descriptions and plan accordingly.