Welcome to our new students!

Dear Admitted Spartan:

Welcome to the Health Science & Recreation Department! We are a dynamic, engaged department filled with opportunities for students. We are excited to have you join us!

The undergraduate Public Health program offers two major options: Public Health or Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration.

Students pursuing the Public Health major can either select to add a minor or take electives in the department and University to explore interdisciplinary offerings and round out their education. Students in the Health Services Administration concentration take a set of electives that focus on areas of health management and policy. Both are great degree pathways and students can easily change from one pathway to the other if they find that one is a better fit.  

We have many student groups on campus that students in the Public Health program enjoy being a part of. Even for students juggling work, family commitments, and a commute, being engaged with a student organization can help you make the most of your college experience. Some of the organizations our majors are a part of are listed here: Beyond the Classroom.

For Incoming Freshmen:

Check out this link for more information specifically for incoming freshmen.

We recommend that you focus in your first few semesters on your lower division general education classes. In your first two semesters, you’ll also want to take HS 1: Understanding your Health, HS 15: Human Life Span, and HS 67: Introductory Health Statistics. We encourage you to meet with a faculty or peer advisor in your first semester to get to know the department and plan your courses. The CHHS Student Success Center is also a great resource for planning your general education courses. Check out the Advising Hub for course roadmaps, instructional videos and more.

For Incoming Transfer Students:

Check out this link for more information specifically for incoming transfers.

We look forward to seeing you again at Transfer Orientation. Before then, please sign up to take the Writing Skills Test. Passing this exam is a prerequisite for taking our HS 100W: Writing Workshop class, which we encourage transfer students to take in the first or second semester.  HS 100W is a prerequisite or corequisite for many of the upper division classes in the major.  Please also be sure to register for HS 74: Healthy Communities. We like all incoming transfer students to take this course in their first semester as it is a great place to meet other new transfer students and get oriented to SJSU and the Public Health program.

Please check out our website and feel free to email or drop by before your official start at SJSU. We have drop in advising with both faculty and trained peer advisors who can help answer any questions you might have. You can find our advising hours on our website. You can reach faculty advisors at health-science-advising@sjsu.edu and peer advisors at public.health.peer.advisors@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Dr. Marcelle Dougan

Email: marcelle.dougan(at)sjsu.edu 

Coordinator, Public Health Undergraduate Program