Frequently Asked Questions
Why study Public Health?
Why should I study Public Health?
- Public Health encompasses many fields of study, including infectious & chronic disease, nutrition, environmental hazards, public policy, global health issues, and more.
- Public Health students acquire skills that are applicable to numerous disciplines and careers.
- Education in public health facilitates the ability of undergraduate students to actively engage in the process of building healthy societies. Consequently, a public health education draws from many disciplines ranging from urban planning and engineering to medicine, policy, sociology, business administration and data science, to achieve its goals.
What careers can I pursue in Public Health?
- The BA and BS in Public Health will prepare students for early career, entry-level positions in the public health workforce, or in other health-related public or private organizations and institutions.
- These degrees can prepare students for entry into graduate training programs in public health and other health sciences including medicine, dentistry, nursing, kinesiology, pharmacy, and social work by acquiring the necessary prerequisite coursework.
Is the program open to incoming first-year/freshman students?
No, the program is designed for upper-level students. Prospective students will apply during their sophomore year (deadline of February 1), and admitted students will complete their degree in the School of Public Health during their junior and senior years.
I am currently a prospective freshman (current high school senior) interested in applying
to the program. To which college should I apply?
Any University of Michigan college or school that would allow you to pursue your academic interests and would provide you with exposure to a breadth of course work, including the courses that meet the admissions requirements, would be appropriate.
Is the program open to students enrolled at other colleges/universities?
Yes, external transfer students are required to fulfill the same admission requirements detailed on the admissions page. Detailed information on application procedures for external transfer students can be found here.
How many credits do I need to apply?
You will need to have junior standing to enter the program, which means completing 55 credit hours before the beginning of the fall term in which you enter the program. Your 55 or more credits must include the courses/areas listed in the Admission Requirements.
What if I am a current junior, am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. If you are a junior, be aware that the requirements for the School of Public Health major will take at least two academic years to complete.
Do I have to complete the required classes by the time of my application?
All admission requirements must be completed before beginning the program in fall term.
What counts as an introductory course in natural sciences, social sciences, humanities
and creative expression for the admission requirements?
Any course with a natural science, social science, humanities or creative expression designation in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts will be considered.
Is my AP credit acceptable for the admission requirements?
No, all admission requirements must be fulfilled by college or university coursework.
Can I take admission requirements courses on a pass/fail basis?
No, courses that fulfill admission requirements may not be taken pass/fail.
Other questions about the program
Can I pursue a dual degree (double major)?
No, we currently are not allowing students to pursue a dual degree. However, students admitted to this program may pursue a minor in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts or the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Additional minors will be considered upon request.
If I am admitted to SPH, can I defer my enrollment for a year?
Barring exceptional circumstances, no.
Is there a public health minor?
No, we currently do not have a minor in Public Health. However, you are free to take as many undergraduate courses in public health as you would like, even if your major is not public health.
Can I take undergraduate courses in SPH even if I'm not a public health major?
Yes! We welcome students from across campus to take our undergraduate classes, and will continue to do so after the public health major has been launched.
Will this program be accredited?
All academic programs offered by the School of Public Health are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).