Pre-Public Health

Offered by Health Science Programs

The Pre-Public Health Program prepares students to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) at the more than 100 accredited programs across the country, including the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University.  Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree or graduate program in public health must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree. Therefore, students pursuing a pre-public health curriculum are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a bachelor’s degree concurrently with the pre-public health program. Given the interdisciplinary nature of public health, a wide variety of majors provide appropriate preparation.  A Minor in Public Health is available at UNK and can complement any major.  The minor is not required as part of the Pre-Public Health Program but will provide a strong foundation of public health-related coursework.

Requirements for Graduate Education in Public Health:    

Students should consult each school of public health they plan to apply to determine if there is specific coursework required for admission. These requirements may vary widely by degree type and/or concentration. Concentration areas that are quantitative in nature typically require specific math and science courses in areas such as statistics, calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics.  Students should consult with their public health advisor regarding graduate admission requirements based on concentration area of interest.             

Recommended Courses: 

While many public health graduate programs do not have specific prerequisites, the following courses may assist students in gaining a background in public health areas of study. This is not an all-inclusive list, as many other classes also exist that have relevant information for public health. Some of these classes may have prerequisites. Please consult your pre-public health advisor for recommendations based on your area(s) of interest.

BIOL 110Introduction to Epidemiology3
HSCI 140Introduction to Public Health3
HSCI 320Global Health3
MGT 450Population Health Management: Systems and Policies3
PE 329Introduction to Health Promotion3
One of the following courses in statistics is recommended:3
Business Statistics
Behavioral Statistics
Elementary Statistics
Other Recommended Electives:
BIOL 102Environmental Biology3
BIOL 211Human Microbiology4
BIOL 215Human Physiology4
BIOL 440Infectious Diseases3
BIOL 461Human Genetics3
CHEM 145Introductory Chemistry4
CHEM 148
Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences
and Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab
FAMS 150Lifespan Development and the Family3
FAMS 351Marriage and Family Relationships3
FAMS 481Cross-Cultural Family Patterns3
GEOG 305Environmental Conservation3
GEOG 309Climatology3
GEOG 417GIScience Principles and Concepts4
HIST 110History of Science & Medicine3
HIST 305History of Global Public Health3
PE 108Introduction to Nutrition3
PE 150Healthy Wealthy and Wise3
PHYS 203General Physics for Allied Health4
PSY 231Abnormal Behavior and Society3
PSY 440Health Psychology3
PSY 462Adult Development and Aging3
SFED 335General Safety Education3
SFED 435Occupation Safety/Health3
SOC 275Social Psychology3
SOC 462Sociology of Health and Illness3
SOWK 170Introduction to Social Welfare3
SPAN 103Spanish for Special Purposes1-3
SPCH 435Introduction to Health Communication3