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 in the Public Health major are required to either completed complete 21 units of upper division electives or complete a minor. For students who decide to pursue a minor, their minor substitutes for those elective units.

Changing your major to Public Health

We encourage students who are currently undeclared or in other majors to consider applying to the Public Health major. The Public Health major offers two degree pathways: B.S. in Public Health and B.S. in Public Health, Concentration in Health Services Administration. Both pathways provide students with an interdisciplinary background to public health: great preparation for public health careers or future public health or clinical degrees.

We have completed our application process for the Spring 2020 semester.  The application process for Fall 2020 will begin after the Spring 2020 grades have posted. All students who have completed at least 12 credit-bearing units of coursework at SJSU or another college are welcome to apply. While there is no minimum GPA threshold to apply, the application process is competitive and in recent semesters, accepted students have had at least a GPA of 2.85. 


Application Timeline for Fall 2020

Application will open on 26 May 2020 at 5pm

Application period closes on 2 June 2020 at 5pm

Students will be notified of the decision by 12 June 2020 at 5pm


Criteria for Admission to Public Health

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).


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.        

To apply to the major, please complete this online form after it opens on 12 June.

If we require additional information to process your change of major, we will be in touch with you via the email address you provide.