Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Qs of the Undergraduate Public Health Program

I am interested in becoming a Public Health major, can I apply to the program from high school?

No. Students applying to George Washington University for freshman admission cannot be considered for the BS in Public Health program at the time of their applications. They should apply to GW as an undeclared major through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and then apply to join the public health major once they reach junior status.

I am interested in transferring to George Washington University in order to be a Public Health major, can I know whether or not I will be admitted to the program before I decide to transfer?

No. 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 after completing one semester at GW.

Why is there an admissions process for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health?

For a variety of reasons, our BS program is currently capped at 60 students. Because we have many more students interested in becoming a public health major than we have space in the program, we have to institute an admissions process.

Can anyone apply to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health major?

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply. Students apply to the program during the semester prior to when they gain junior standing (60 credit hours)

Are admission decisions based solely on GPA?

No. While academic performance is an important criterion, we review applications holistically. Please see our admissions rubric for more details.

If I am interested in the Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Health degree, is there a separate application?

When you apply to the BS/MPH, you will automatically be considered for the BSPH.  See BS/MPH admission criteria for the information that must be included in your BS/MPH application.

When are admission decisions made?

Admission decisions for the BS in Public Health program are made before the spring registration period. Admission decisions for the BS/MPH program are made in early summer after all applicants have been interviewed and spring semester grades are posted.

Is there an admissions process to become a public health minor?

No. Students must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher to become a public health minor. Qualified students can submit an application any time after matriculating at GW for one semester and will be admitted on a space-available basis.

What do students with a public health major do after graduating from GW?

Our students go on to a variety of careers. Many take jobs right out of GW in a variety of public health fields, such as health education, advocacy, health policy, international health, etc.  Other students go on to graduate school – some in public health, but many others as health care professionals or in other graduate fields such as law or policy.

Who do I talk to for more information about the program?

Please contact Program Advisor Candace Leake ( for more details about the program. You may also contact Program Director Sara Wilensky (