GW is among a select number of schools in the country that offers undergraduate programs for students seeking to enter the field of public health. The programs at the School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) allow you to develop a broad understanding of global health issues while gaining the practical experience needed to launch your career.
Undergraduate programs offered:
BS (Bachelor of Science)
A Secondary Field of Study (similar to a minor)
How do you apply?
To enter our SPHHS programs, you must be admitted to an undergraduate program at GW. The process and timing of declaring a major at SPHHS varies between the public health and exercise science programs.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
All students seeking to enter the BS in Public Health degree must apply to the program during the semester that they gain junior standing (60 credit hours) and hold a 3.0 GPA or higher. To apply to join the program, eligible students should submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions by March 1:
Students applying to GW for freshman admission cannot be considered for the BS in Public Health at the time of their application. They should apply to GW as an undeclared major through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, then apply to join the public health major when they reach junior status.
Students transferring to GW from other universities that wish to enter the BS in Public Health must first apply for admission to GW through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. They may then complete the Internal Transfer Application process to be considered for the BS in Public Health during their first year at GW.
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Students may enter the BS in Exercise Science as freshmen when they apply to GW through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Current GW students who wish to transfer to the BS in Exercise Science from another GW major should submit the Internal Transfer Application to the Department of Exercise Science.
Students from other universities who wish to transfer to GW's BS in Exercise Science program should submit the External Transfer Application to the SPHHS Office of Recruitment and Admissions. Do not complete the GW Common Application if you wish to join the exercise science program.
Secondary Field of Study
Students can apply at any time, either before or after being accepted to GW