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School of Public Health
School of Public Health

University of Washington School of Public Health

Undergraduate Public Health Major

How to Apply

Early Admission

The early admission option is for a select group of students, already enrolled at the UW, who have discovered the major early.

Applicants must complete the following by the application deadline to be considered for admission:

    1. Minimum 30 college credits
    2. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    3. 5 credits of English composition
    4. Minimum grade of 3.0 in one introductory public health course from the following: ENV H 111, EPI 201, EPI 220, G H 101, HSERV 100, NUTR 200, PHG 200
    5. Minimum grade of 3.0 in one introductory science from the following: BIOL 118, BIOL 180, CHEM 120, CHEM 142, CHEM 145, or MICROM 301/302

Upper Division Admission

The upper division admission option is typical for most students both at the UW and transferring from other institutions.

Applicants must complete the following by the application deadline to be considered for admission:

    1. Minimum 60 college credits
    2. Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    3. 5 credits of English composition
    4. Minimum grade of 2.5 in one introductory public health course from the following: ENV H 111, EPI 201, EPI 220, G H 101, HSERV 100, NUTR 200, PHG 200 or one 5-credit course from anthropology (ANTH only), geography (GEOG), political science (POL S), psychology (PSYCH), or sociology (SOC)
    5. For BA path students, minimum grade of 2.5 in one introductory science from the following: BIOL 118, BIOL 180, CHEM 120, CHEM 142, CHEM 145, or MICROM 301/302
    6. For BS path students, minimum grades of 2.5 in at least two courses of year-long sequence of introductory science, with laboratories, or mathematics, chosen from:  biology (BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220); chemistry (CHEM 142, CHEM 152, CHEM 162); organic chemistry (CHEM 237, CHEM 238, CHEM 239, CHEM 241 CHEM 242); physics (PHYS 114/PHYS 117, PHYS 115/PHYS 118, PHYS 116/PHYS 119, or PHYS 121, PHYS 122, PHYS 123); or mathematics (MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126)

What We’re Looking For

The following factors determine the competitiveness of an applicant beyond the minimum requirements and are the criteria used when determining admission to the major:

  • Overall academic record
  • Grades in relevant coursework
  • Selection of and preparation for the appropriate Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science path
  • Ability to make satisfactory progress towards the degree
  • Understanding of and potential fit with the major as demonstrated in the personal statement

Our Admission Vision

The Public Health Major shall seek to enroll classes rich in the abilities, academic commitments, diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and talents that create a stimulating environment and promote desired learning outcomes. Entering classes shall also include students who demonstrate the ability to overcome adversity or disadvantage to achieve their goals and those who show promise to represent the School of Public Health well in the communities in which they will serve and lead. Students should have also planned and prepared well for timely completion of their bachelor’s degree.

Steps to Apply

  1. We strongly encourage you to learn more about the Public Health major and the application process by attending an information session and reading through the Public Health Major web pages.
  2. Complete the online Public Health Application, including personal statement and transcripts for non-UW courses. This application will be available approximately one month prior to the next deadline, the third Friday of Spring or Autumn quarter.

Timeline for Applying to the Major

Term of Entry Application Deadline Notification Period
Autumn Quarter 3rd Friday of Spring Qtr 3-5 weeks after the
 application deadline
Winter Quarter 3rd Friday of Autumn Qtr

Transfer students must also apply for general admission to the University and
abide by the UW Office of Admissions’ deadlines: Feb. 15 for Autumn Quarter and Sept. 1 for Winter Quarter.