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Public Health Major

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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in public health is divided into a pre-professional major (pre-public health) and a professional major (public health). Once you have completed the necessary prerequisites and have the 2.5 requirement cumulative GPA, you are eligible to apply to the professional public health major.

Professional Major Application Dates & Eligibility

Applications for admission to the professional major in public health has the following due dates. Primary deadlines are in place to ensure students have received their admission decision and are eligible to register for 400-level courses by their priority registration date. Secondary deadlines are for those students who consider applying to the major after priority registration closes. Applications will not be accepted past the final deadline, without exception. Note: The review process does not begin until the deadline has passed and may take up to two (2) weeks to be completed.

admission deadline


  • University of Arizona GPA greater than 2.500
  • Completion of all pre-health prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Students may have up to 5 units of prerequisites still outstanding at the time of application.
  • Completion of the below major application, including resume and statement of objectives.
  • Exhibiting appropriate behavior expected of public health students, including but not limited to, strong academic integrity, respectful discourse, and professional engagement in all college, university and community environments
  • After confirming your eligibility, follow the: Steps to Submit Application for Admission to Public Health

  • Click on the link below titled "Application Form"
  • Download the form to your computer and open it with a .pdf reader software (e.g. Adobe)  - *If you do not see the application as a fillable form, you may need to update your software or download an appropriate .pdf reader software.
  • Complete the application form and save the completed form to your computer
  • Applications must be submitted via email to your advisor (as a .pdf file) with resume/statement of objectives as additional attachments.
  • To begin the application: Application Form
  • The College of Public Health currently utilizes a non-competitive admissions process for the professional public health major. Typically, if the applicant has met the GPA and course requirements and submits an application with a strong resume and statement of objectives, they will be fully admitted to the Bachelor of Science with a major in public health.
  • The College of Public Health may deny admission to any student who does not exhibit the academic integrity, respectful discourse, and professional engagement expected of public health students.
  • Consideration for admission to the public health major only occurs upon receipt of all required application materials - including but not limited to the application form, resume, statement of objectives, relevant documentation, etc.
  • The review process may take up to two (2) weeks to be completed, and is not guaranteed to begin until the deadlines noted above have passed.
  • Students will receive notice of their admission decision via their University of Arizona student email account upon completion of the application review process.

You will receive one of the following admissions decisions:

  • "Full Admission" - Full admission to the major indicates that you have submitted all of the necessary materials and fully meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the major of public health. 
  • "Provisional Admission" - Provisional admission indicates that you have submitted all of the necessary materials but are not yet fully admitted to the major. Students with this decision will still be able to register for 400-level courses and enjoy the benefits of full admission, but must take steps to resolve their provisional status in order to avoid being removed from the major. Full admission to the major will require the completion of one or more provisions, outlined in the email you receive. Provisional admissions typically occur in cases where students are currently enrolled in coursework that would bring them below the 5 units of allowable outstanding prerequisite, but have not yet completed the course and are therefore still 'technically' above the 5 outstanding unit mark. Provisional admissions must be resolved (via the required action noted in the email) prior to the beginning of the semester for which you are seeking admission or by the due date declared in the email, whichever comes first. Failure to meet the deadline that has been designated will result in removal from the public health major ('being dropped down to pre-public health again') and all 400-level courses for which major admission is required.
  • "Ineligible to Apply" - Students may be informed that, upon review of their materials, they are ineligible to apply at the current time. This may be due to insufficient GPA, prerequisite course completion, required documents, etc. Students may take steps to resolve their ineligibility and reapply at a future time or for a future semester.
  • "Denied Admission" - Denied admission to the major indicates that you have either not submitted all of the necessary materials and/or you do not meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the major of public health

 

 

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