Public Health as a Major


Public Health as a Major

If you choose to pursue a B.S. in Public Health, you will join a group of students dedicated to documenting, monitoring, assessing, and improving the health of all communities, especially those who are marginalized.

We offer a B.S. in Public Health and a B.S. in Public Health with a Concentration in Health Services Administration

Please note: students who pursue a minor in addition to their Public Health major are not required to complete 21 units of upper division electives. Their minor substitutes for those elective units.

Changing your major to Public Health

The Public Health degree program is “impacted” which means the number of students who can be admitted to the major is limited. Each semester, we offer a competitive opportunity for students already at SJSU to apply to change their major to Public Health.


Application will open on December 30, 2017

Application period closes on January 10, 2018 at 5pm

Students will be notified of the decision by January 18, 2018

To apply to the Public Health major, please complete this form:



Criteria for Admission to Health Science

In order to apply, you must have completed at least 12 units of college coursework (at SJSU or another college). Students will be admitted based on their SJSU GPA or their All College GPA (whichever favors the applicant).


Because we admitted a larger than average class of transfer students this fall, there is limited space in the major. Thus, we anticipate that admission to the major will be highly competitive this year. This means that students with GPAs lower than 3.0 are unlikely to be admitted to the major. However, all students may apply. On the application form, you have an opportunity to select which degree programs you would like to be considered for.