• Public Health Sciences Major

    Major Program

    The Public Health Sciences major at Hamline is an interdisciplinary field of study that permits students to focus on health issues in local, national, and international arenas from a variety of perspectives.  The Public Health Sciences 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, influenced not only by human biology and statistics, but also by social structures, psychology, culture, and public policy.

    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.

    Required Courses


    Introduction to Physiology

    One course chosen from:


    One course chosen from:


    Students must complete an internship or independent research project in the health sciences. This internship or research project must be approved by the major advisor.

    Elective Courses

    Five elective courses are required from the list below. At least three of the five elective courses must be at or above the 3000 level and at least one of those three must be at the 5000 level.

    • Other 3000- or 5000-level courses approved by the advisor