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Public Health | Scholars Program


Blake Bennett
Assistant Director,
Public Health Scholars
Mary Graydon Center 328

Public Health Scholars Program

Join a group of outstanding freshmen passionate about making a difference.

The Public Health Scholars Program is an accelerated course of study designed for dedicated students who want to be engaged in numerous experiential learning opportunities and a rigorous course schedule. Students in this program can obtain a BA or BS in public health in only three years.

In this unique program students study and live together as a cohort during the first year of the program and each of the two summers required by the program. This living-learning community is supported by strong mentorship from the program director and live-in upper class program associates.

During their first semester on campus, the cohort of students will take classes together including a special section of Introduction to Public Health that will include a service engagement in underserved areas of DC. This section is only offered to students in the cohort program and is a four-credit course (instead of the usual three-credits) because of the additional experiential learning component.

In the fall of sophomore year students study abroad as a cohort, learning first-hand how cultural perspectives inform the understanding and application of public health in rural clinics and urban hospitals around the world. Students may also decide to study abroad a second time during their junior year individually.

Students have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of specific areas of public health through multidisciplinary electives offered across campus and through internships available the US and abroad. The degree program can be further enriched by complementing the BA or BS with a second major or minor, both earned in three years. Possible second majors or minors include biology, communications, international relations, justice, marketing, psychology, sociology, or statistics.