Public Health as a Major


Change of Major to Public Health

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.

Current students can enroll in one of 3 pathways:


Criteria for Admission to Public Health

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).  See below for specific GPA requirements for the Community Health Education and the Population Data Science concentrations.


Requirements for students in other majors or undeclared students wishing to change their major to Public Health, with a minor OR a concentration.

We encourage students who are currently undeclared or in other majors to consider applying to the Public Health major. The Public Health major offers three degree pathways (see above for catalog descriptions):

  • B.S. in Public Health with a minor
  • B.S. in Public Health, Concentration in Community Health Education (CHE)
  • B.S. in Public Health, Concentration in Population Data Science (PDS)

All three pathways provide students with an interdisciplinary background to public health, which is great preparation for public health careers or future public health or clinical degrees.


To apply to either the Community Health Education or the Population Data Science concentration, the minimum GPA for acceptance is 3.4 if you have not previously taken any public health courses, or 3.2 with at least one public health course.

Requirements for current Public Health majors wishing to change their major to Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health Education (CHE) OR in Population Data Science (PDS)

Current public health majors can apply to either the CHE or the PDS concentrations, or switch between the two concentrations.  We accept applications at the end of the fall semester for the following spring, or at the end of the spring semester for the following fall.  Bear in mind that depending on your progress in the program, declaring a concentration or switching from one concentration to another may delay your anticipated graduation date.  Therefore, we urge you to discuss your plans with an advisor before applying. 


***NOW OPEN*** Apply now for Fall 2021! (applies to students in other majors/undeclared AND students in Public Health wishing to add a concentration)

The application dates for Fall 2021 are as follows:

  • Application closes Tuesday June 8 at 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Students notified by Tuesday June 15 at 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Change of major orientation for accepted students: Tuesday June 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

To apply, please complete this survey before the deadline!


Application Process for Fall 2021 (applies to students in other majors/undeclared AND students in Public Health wishing to add a concentration).

Students who are currently SJSU students and have 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 GPAs (either "all college" or SJSU) will be offered spots in the major.        

Students who are currently Public Health majors and would like to declare one of the concentrations, CHE or PDS, are invited to apply to the concentrations. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for acceptance into either concentration. 

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