Public Health Sciences The health sciences major at Hamline is an interdisciplinary field of study through which students focus on health issues in local, national, and international arenas from a variety of perspectives. The major builds on connections between the liberal arts and the core concerns of public health, with the recognition that issues of human health are complex and influenced not only by human biology and statistics, but by all aspects of the human experience. The health sciences major is an excellent choice for students interested in any aspect of healthcare from the clinical applications to international aid, law, policy, and social work. Students interested in attending medical school or other health professional schools can pursue the health sciences major, however it does not include all the prerequisite courses required for application to such programs; they would have to take additional courses in addition to the health sciences major requirements. The Public Health Sciences Major prepares students for jobs or advanced study in wide range of areas including health promotion, chronic disease prevention, health education, health and wellness program development, health policy and law, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, infectious disease prevention, 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.