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The United States and the State of Texas face a workforce crisis in public health. To help meet workforce shortages in our State and Nation, the College of Natural Sciences developed a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in public health and equip them to pursue certificate and graduate degrees in the field.

The Public Health major suits a variety of students, such as those interested in health careers and in dual degree programs (e.g. medicine and public health). The interdisciplinary degree plan includes prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics; foundational courses; core courses in public health; and a choice of six elective concentrations.

The mission of public health is to preserve, promote, and improve the health and well being of populations, communities, and individuals. To fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research, and service. Learn more about potential careers and research the field of Public Health through

Declare This Major

To apply for admission to the public health program, students must complete and earn at least a B- in PBH 317, earn a grade of at least C- in BIO 311C and 311D or 315H; CH 301 or 301H and 302 or 302H; and M 408C or 408N. To be competitive for admission, students should have at least a 2.75 grade point average in these six courses.

Applications are evaluated each fall and spring semester. Learn more about the public health application process.

Students who plan to follow option II, public health honors, must be admitted to the Dean's Scholars Honors Program.

Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view the road map to the Public Health degree and degree plan.


Public health is a field that offers an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. Whether you are more interested in crunching numbers, conducting research, or working with people, there is a place for you in the field of public health. Recent college graduates and those that have been in the field for years have something to offer and to gain in this field. Public health is ideal for those that gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others.