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Public Health | Scholars Program


Jolynn Gardner
Director, Public Health
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 a rigorous course of study designed for dedicated students who want to be engaged in numerous experiential-learning opportunities. Students in this program can obtain a BA or BS in public health in just three years.

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

During their first semester on campus, the cohort of students will take classes together including a special section of Introduction to Public Health that includes a service engagement at 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 their sophomore year, the students study abroad as subsets of their cohort, learning first-hand how cultural perspectives inform the understanding and application of public health around the world. Some students may also decide to study abroad a second time 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 in the U.S. 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.