The requirements for a major in public health sciences include the following nine courses:
Completing all of the required courses will help students learn about underlying causes of health and the role public health plays in addressing them. Students will learn how to apply public health approaches to prevent or intervene on public health concerns both domestically and internationally.
In order for a public health sciences course to be counted for degree credit, a student must earn a “C” or better. In addition, public health sciences majors are required to attend classes regularly; complete a nine credit hour senior internship; and pass the senior comprehensive exam. Students interested in medical or dental school should begin work in the freshmen year on a minor in biology, chemistry, and any other courses required by medical and dental schools.
As in all undergraduate majors at Xavier, public health sciences majors are required to declare a minor. Students may consider, for example, establishing a minor in biology, mathematics, psychology, sociology, theology or business.