Preprofessional Studies

Pre-Public Health

Students apply for admission through the School of Public Health. Admission into the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and Bachelor of Science in Public Health programs is selective and dependent on the availability of space. Students seeking direct admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health or Bachelor of Science in Public Health programs must meet these minimum requirements:

  1. Junior standing - completion of 60 semester hours of specified General Education course work at UIC or from any accredited community college or four-year college or university. Note: Students who have not yet completed the specified general education course work necessary for direct admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health or Bachelor of Science in Public Health programs are eligible to apply to the Public Health–Undecided (Pre-Public Health) program within the School of Public Health.
  2. Specified General Education course work includes completion of 9 semester hours of introductory public health course work with a grade of B or better in each course (PUBH 100PUBH 110, and PUBH 120). Special consideration will be given to students who have taken comparable prerequisites at community colleges or other four-year colleges or universities.
  3.  Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50/4.00. A 2.75/4.00 or above is recommended for priority consideration.
  4. Personal statement of educational goals including reasons for selecting a public health degree.
  5. One letter of recommendation from a professional or academic reference.

The 60 semester hours required for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health or of Bachelor of Science in Public Health should include the following courses:

Pre-Public Health Requirements for the BA in Public Health

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Foreign language (16 hours in a single language or equivalent) a16
Quantitative Reasoning course b3-5
PUBH 100Health and the Public c, d 3
PUBH 105Foundations for Public Health e2
PUBH 110Public Health and Global Societies c, f3
PUBH 120Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics g3
Analyzing the Natural World: two courses required, including PUBH 120 (see above) and a Life Science course with a lab as indicated below.
Life Science course4
Select one of the following:
Human Evolution
Biology for Non-majors
Biology of Cells and Organisms
Biology of Populations and Communities
Exploring World Cultures course h, j3
Understanding U.S. Society course i, j3
Understanding the Individual and Society course h, i, j3
Understanding the Past course j3
Understanding the Creative Arts course j3
Additional General Education course(s) from any category, as necessary to total 24 hours of General Education credit. j1-3
Free electives to total 60 hours0-10
Total Hours60

 Pre-Public Health Requirements for the BS in Public Health

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Quantitative Reasoning Course a4-5
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus for the Life Sciences
Calculus I
PUBH 100Health and the Public b,c3
PUBH 105Foundations for Public Health d2
PUBH 110Public Health and Global Societies b,e3
PUBH 120Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics f3
Life Science course with a lab. Select one of the following:4
Biology of Cells and Organisms
Biology of Populations and Communities
Exploring World Cultures course g,i3
Understanding U.S. Society course h,i3
Understanding the Individual and Society course g,h,i3
Understanding the Past course i3
Understanding the Creative Arts course i3
Additional General Education course(s) from any category, as necessary, to total 24 hours of General Education0-2
Free electives to total 60 hours j19-24
Total Hours60