Public Health

College of Health and Human Sciences

The public health major is designed to prepare students interested in careers that involve planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs for individuals, groups, and populations in a variety of settings that include worksites, hospitals, schools, and communities. As healthcare costs continue to rise in the United States, training a highly skilled public health workforce that can design and implement effective prevention programs and policies is becoming a much greater priority. Courses in this major introduce students to the five core public health competency areas (behavioral social sciences, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, and health policy and management). An internship at a worksite or in a clinical, community, or government public health setting is part of the curriculum.

Public Health Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. To be considered for admission as a college transfer student, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements for their desired major. In addition, some majors have course requirements. Requirements for this major are posted below (unless the program is closed to transfers).

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Additional Requirements: College-level biology or chemistry course with a grade of C or higher.


Contact Information
Phone: 765-494-8533


Graduates work as a public health professional in the following settings: 

Related Career Interests


Community Service

Healthcare Services

Marketing and Advertising

Politics and Public Speaking

Writing and Mass Communication