WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH GRADUATE SCHOOL?
In making decisions about admissions, public health graduate schools consider a range of factors that may vary from one school to another. All prerequisite courses usually need to be completed with a grade of C or above.
It is recommended that you complete the following courses:* This will be highly variable, depending on the type of degree (masters or PhD) you are pursuing and the specific area within public health you will be studying
|Biology||1 year w. lab (generally BIO 150 and BIO 227), Genetics (BIO 233), Microbiology (BIO 231), Environmental Health (BI/ES 228)|
|Chemistry||1 year Gen Chem w. lab (CHEM 125 & 126 OR CH/BI 125 & 227 OR CHEM 121, 123, and 126)|
|Math & Stats||Calculus (MATH 119 or 120)
Statistics – Statistics for Science (STAT 212), Statistical Modeling STAT 272) is recommended
|ID (not offered consistently)||Comparative Public Health: the US and the World (ID 280)
Introduction to Public Health (ID 245)
|Philosophy||Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 250)|
|Economics||Health care economics (ECON 245)|
|Psychology, So/An, Nursing||Principles of Psychology (PSYCH 125), Social Psychology (PSYCH 249) is recommended
Intro to Sociology (SOAN 121), Medical Anthropology (SOAN 267)
Nutrition and Wellness (NURS 110)
It is highly recommended that you take a RACE course or WGS
Prerequisites from different schools (to demonstrate variations in prerequisites)
WHAT STANDARDIZED TEST WILL I NEED TO TAKE?
WHAT CENTRALIZED APPLICATION WILL I USE?
WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?
There is more than one faculty advising specialist. Please reach out to Susie Wold to be directed to a faculty advisor related to your specific area of interest.
Office: TOH 270 Phone: 507-786-3249 Email: email@example.com
WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENTIAL PREREQUISITES?*
- Shadowing: if possible, try to shadow a number of public health professionals in different work environments (government, non-profit, research, etc.) to gain perspective on the responsibilities of their position
- Research: It is highly recommended that you complete at least one 10-week research experience. You do not have to find a research opportunity that is related to public health.
- Volunteering: It is highly recommended that you volunteer in a position, starting as early as your first year at St. Olaf. Although your volunteer role can be in healthcare or outside of healthcare, we recommend that you aim to volunteer in both capacities. Gain experience related to your specific area of interest within the broad field of public health. Public Health graduate schools are looking for applicants with sustained and meaningful volunteer experiences. They don’t want students who are simply checking the “volunteer box.”
- Internship(s): Gain experience in the field through interning at a community health clinic, a department of health, a government project, a nonprofit serving marginalized communities, etc. Internships outside of public health are highly beneficial as well.
- Leadership: It is strongly recommended that you serve in a leadership capacity (president of an organization, academic tutor, service on an advisory board, etc.). Leaders can enhance their communication and organizational skills, as well as learn how to interact with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Public health focuses on creating healthy communities through education, research and the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. Rather than diagnosing and treating illnesses and conditions after they occur, public health professionals analyze and develop programs to prevent disease and injury. Common areas of study within the field of public health include:
- Behavioral science/health education
- Biostatistics and informatics
- Environmental health
- Global health
- Health services administration
- Maternal and child health
WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. OLAF?
Study Abroad: Yes – you CAN study abroad as a pre-health student! Speak with your advisor early in order to plan for when a semester or year abroad will fit into your academic plan.
*Ultimately, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they complete all prerequisite coursework and experiential opportunities required for successful admission to public health graduate school.
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