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.

This year we are offering an “Early Admission” opportunity so that students will be able to add classes at their regularly scheduled enrollment period for Spring 2018. We will also be offering a regular admission process after Fall 2017 grades have been posted. We have very limited space in the major, so we encourage all applicants who are eligible to apply during the early admission process. Students who have not yet completed at least 12 units of college credit (at SJSU or at a community college) will need to wait for the Regular Admission cycle.


Early Admission to Public Health

Application is now open and available here:

Application period closes on October 24, 2017 at 5pm

Students will be notified of the decision by October 27, 2017


Regular Admission 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


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.


Application Process

Students who are currently SJSU students and have already completed at least 12 units at SJSU or another college are invited to apply to the Public Health major.   Students will be ranked by GPA and those with the highest GPA's (either "all college" or SJSU) will be offered spots in the major.           


The application for Public Health will close on Tuesday, October 24th at 5pm. Your application must be complete by then in order to be reviewed. We will email applicants our decision by Friday October 27th at 5pm.


To apply to the major, please do the following:

1) Complete the online form here:

2) Drop off a paper copy of your unofficial transcript(s), including any community college courses that do not show up in your transfer credit report yet, to the HSR Office in SPX 201 by October 24th at 5pm.


If you are admitted to the major, you will be required to meet with an advisor to complete your change of major paperwork and determine appropriate classes for the spring semester.



Why should I apply early?

If you apply early, you will know whether you have been admitted to the major by the time enrollment opens for Spring classes. In addition, if you are admitted, you will be able to add classes yourself rather than waiting for a permission code from the department as many classes are only available to majors and minors.


Why should I wait to apply?

First semester freshmen who do not yet have 12 units of college credit need to wait until the end of their first semester to apply to the major. In addition, students who think that their GPA will improve if they wait for Fall 2017 grades to post might decide to wait to apply to Public Health at the regular admission time. However, if you apply early and are not accepted but your fall grades improve your GPA, you are welcome to apply again in the regular admission period.