You thrive on service learning opportunities and enjoy working with the community to address public health issues.
Pathway to Public Health
Our Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program is designed as a 2 + 2 program where you will spend 2 years (on average) completing prerequisite coursework (60 credit hours) followed by 2 years with us at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans for the remainder of your coursework.
- Designate your “major” at LSU as Pre-Public Health, which is a pre-professional/non-degree program at LSU
- Take the necessary pre-requisite courses for the Public Health program ( LSU Health New Orleans). Because the Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health focuses on an interdisciplinary model, there are many possible options to fulfill this program’s prerequisites. You may set up an appointment with the pre-public health advisor to review these prerequisites.
- Maintain a high GPA, especially in math- and science-related coursework. Students must complete 60 semester hours in the foundational courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and a credit of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses prior to initial registration for the Bachelor of Public Health program.)
- Complete your personal essay on your interest and dedication to a career in public health.
- Gain relevant work and volunteer experience to increase understanding of public health issues.
- Submit an application to the Public Health program ( LSU Health New Orleans by July 31st of each year to begin in the Fall semester of that year. This program only accepts a class each Fall semester.
To discuss how you may complete the prerequisite requirements for Pre-Public Health, please make an appointment with Anthony Oster.
- LSU students may schedule an appointment with Anthony Oster using the Navigate Student App found in the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
At this time due to Covid-19, virtual appointments are available with Anthony Oster using the Navigate app on your phone:
- Select the "Appointments" widget
- Select “Academic Advising” for the care unit
- Select “University College - Center for Advising & Counseling (UCAC)” for the location.
- Select "Pre-Public Health Advising" as your reason for the appointment
Note in the "Comments" box what you are needing assistance with and include your phone number and intended major/concentration
- Lastly, select the day, time, and advisor
The app will send you a confirmation email/text to let you know the appointment has been created. The advisor you scheduled your appointment with will email you prior to the appointment time in order to invite you to join a Zoom video/audio appointment and to send you important documents. You can communicate with your advisor via email if you have any questions or concerns about the Zoom appointment.
- Prospective or incoming students currently without an LSU class schedule may email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Estimated Time to Completion
- 2 years of undergraduate coursework (60 hours)
- 2 years at LSU Health Science in New Orleans, LA (60 credit hours in Public Health specific coursework)
- 4-5 estimated total years of school after high school
Common Majors at LSU for Public Health Students
- Nutrition and Food Sciences
- Biological Sciences
- Coastal Environmental Science: Environmental Science & Research
- Kinesiology: Human Movement Science
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