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We appreciate your interest in Central Washington University's Public Health program. Our faculty bring commitment to the profession and to public health research, as well as experience in the classroom and in the field. Our classes offer students the breadth and depth of concepts and skills needed for success as public health professionals and for further study. Our students undertake internships and other practical experiences - in Washington, around the region, and around the world. Students consistently report outstanding experiences in these settings, and tell us about their multiple opportunities to demonstrate content knowledge, practice skills, and build relationships. Our graduates go on to work in public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. Many pursue graduate programs in public health and other disciplines, including law and social work, as well as medicine and other health professions.

The mission of the public health program at CWU is to prepare committed graduates who are academically ready for the field and further study, have had relevant practical experiences, and are advised and supported toward placement in the field and in graduate programs.

Public health faculty challenge, and support, students to learn and prepare for our field. We pursue meaningful inquiry and practice in our respective areas of interest and seek opportunities for cross-disciplinary effort. Public health students articulate why they want to work in public health, discuss the complex nature of the work public health professionals undertake, and practice job relevant tasks. Students demonstrate conceptual knowledge, skills, and field-relevant professional values that in turn show their readiness for the field and for future study.

We value education that results in academic and professional preparation and demonstrates, through assessment, understanding of public health research and practice. We value engaged scholarship and meaningful service. We value our own continuing development as educators and scholars.

Program Information
The public health profession focuses on preventing disease, addressing inequities and developing policies and programs that help communities achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Our program aims to educate and empower the emerging generation of public health leaders. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares students for graduate work or careers in the field and exposes them to evidence-based research and practice experiences. Public health majors will complete the core coursework and select a specialization in either Population Health or Pre-Nursing. All majors are also required to complete a 400-hour internship experience.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the Public Health major requires a minimum cumulative CWU/combined GPA of 2.5; students who do not meet the GPA requirement or other pre-admission requirements may apply for admission on a provisional basis. Students wishing to enroll in the major must first meet with the program director.

Additional Graduation Requirement
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Public Health must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2. 5

Special Requirements other than Departmental
ENGL 101 and 102 must be completed prior to enrollment in HED 240. Majors must earn a C or better in HED 230 and HED 240 in order to enroll in most other required core courses. HED 375 may be taken concurrently with HED 230.


Dr. Tishra Beeson, PhD, MPH

Dr. Jill C. Hoxmeier, PhD, MPH, CHES

Dr. Casey Mace, PhD, MPH

Dr. Melody Madlem, PhD

Dr. Rebecca Pearson, PhD, MPH                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Advising Resources
Bachelor of Science Public Health Major

4-year sample plan - Population Health specialization

4-year sample plan - Pre-nursing specialization

Quarterly Course Offerings - Anticipated schedule by quarter

Interested in pursuing a minor in public health? Contact Dr. Pearson at for information!



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