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Public Health Scholars | Course Sequencing


Public Health Three-Year Scholars
Gray Hall, Room 118

Dr. Melissa Hawkins
Director, Public Health Scholars

Public Health Three-Year Scholars
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
AU students on campus

The Public Health Program in the Department of Health Sciences is rooted in a liberal arts curriculum that blends a practice-based perspective. The interdisciplinary approach prepares students for a wide range of professional careers in health and medicine, and to pursue graduate or professional education.

The carefully sequenced courses allow students to study the area of public health they are passionate about, while expanding their college experience to include other areas of interest.  

The first year of the Public Health Scholars program lays the foundation for the public health major and the study abroad experience.

The summer sessions are a highlight of the program. Scholars from all of the three-year degree programs remain on campus and participate in small seminar-style classes and a lightened course-load that allows for opportunities to work, volunteer, and conduct research with faculty.

Select classes, listed below, are taken together as a cohort with other members of the Public Health Scholars Program.


Public Health Scholars Year One

Fall: Introduction to Public Health (includes a special lab section for Public Health Scholars that introduces students to community-based learning and application of public health practice in the neighborhoods of Washington, DC)

Spring: Community-Service Learning (CSLP)

Summer: Introduction to Studying Abroad (a course for Public Health Scholars that introduces students to the culture, food, and experiences of the study abroad locations)


Public Health Scholars Year Two

Fall: Study Abroad (in one of the three programs—England, India, or Kenya—specially developed for students enrolled in the Public Health Program, with at least one class focusing on the culture of the host country).

For the remainder of the program, students work closely with the Program Director to select classes that suit specific areas of interest in public health including: social and community health; health sciences; global health, or; policy, program planning and evaluation.


Public Health Scholars Year Three

Fall/Spring: Seminar Capstone (students examine multiple aspects of public health which culminates in a final capstone project presented to a panel of public health professionals).

The public health degree program can be further enriched by complementing the BA or BS with a second major or minor.
Students with college credit through AP or IB classes may take advanced courses or electives. Please see also: AU Catalog Course Descriptions.


Public Health BS (on left) and BA (on right) Degree Requirements