• 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 field of public health focuses on improving the health and wellness of populations, whereas the field of medicine aims to prevent, diagnose, and treat illness, one individual at a time. Thus, the field of public health is broad, with many sub-disciplines, discussed below. 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, infectious disease prevention and outbreak investigation, 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.

    Program Director: Lisa Ferguson-Stegall, PhD

    Note: 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.

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

    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. Note that this list is not comprehensive, and many courses from several disciplines and departments may count as an elective, with the approval of the Program Director.

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