• 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:

    Research Methods

    One of the following:

    Biology Foundation

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

    Sequence 1:

    Sequence 2:

    • One 3000-level biology course from the elective list below (this course counts as one of the four required electives)

    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.

    • PBHL 1980, 3980, or 5980 Special Topics courses
    • Other 3000- or 5000-level courses approved by the advisor and program director.
  • Career Development Center

    Learn more about career paths, transferable skills, and relevant organizations that relate to a major in Public Health Sciences.

    Download a career information sheet for your major from the Career Development Center. You may also contact the Career Development Center at 651-523-2302 or workshop@hamline.edu for more information.