Dear Admitted Spartan:

Welcome to the Department of Public Health and Recreation! We are a dynamic, engaged department filled with opportunities for students. We are excited you chose us!

The undergraduate Public Health program offers three major options: 

Students pursuing the Public Health with a minor option can either select a minor in any of the myriad fields that are complementary to our major. Students in the Community Health Education concentration take a set of courses that focus on capacity building within communities to improve health outcomes. Students in the Population Data Science concentration take a set of courses that focus on the application of data in solving public health problems. All three degree pathways are designed to provide students with skills that will form a solid foundation for the next step in their careers, be it an entry level position or further study.    

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 will enhance 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 PH 1: Understanding your Health, PH 15: Human Life Span, PH 67: Introductory Health Statistics, and PH 99: Introduction to Public Health. 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.  For Fall 2021, the Writing Skills Test is waived. Students who have not yet taken the WST should complete the online directed self-placement (WST DSP) and then register for the appropriate writing course.  To learn more about this process, please visit this page.  After you have completed the Directed Self Placement test, you will be able to determine which writing course you should enroll in.  Please note that we encourage transfer students to take PH 100W: Writing Workshop class, in the first or second semester, so be sure to plan accordingly. PH 100W is a prerequisite or corequisite for many of the upper division classes in the major. Please also be sure to register for PH 99: Introduction to Public Health. 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.

Visit 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. Our advising hours can be found here. 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