Public Health professionals improve human health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of disease and other physical and mental health conditions, through the promotion of healthy behaviors and the analysis of global research and data. Public Health is interdisciplinary, intersecting the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics and health services. Environmental health, community health, behavioral health, health economics, public policy, insurance medicine and occupational health are also important subfields of Public Health. Public Health professionals can work in both public and private sectors. Focusing on entire populations, rather than individual patients, Public Health professionals work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.

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Prerequisite Coursework for Public Health Programs

Masters in Public Health program prerequisites vary widely depending on the school, specialization, and degree type you pursue. While many programs do not have listed prerequisites, there are many undergraduate courses that can help to provide a solid foundation for advanced public health coursework. Depending on the area of study you are interested in, recommendations include coursework in:

  • Statistics (QTM 100)
  • Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)
  • Natural Sciences (Biol 141 and 142 with lab)
  • Calculus

Emory University majors with coursework of interest to students aspiring to be public health professionals: Anthropology; Human Health; Anthropology and Human Biology; Environmental Sciences; Psychology; Sociology; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and more.

Emory University minors with coursework of interest to students aspiring to be public health professionals: Community Building and Social Change; Global Development Studies; Global Health, Culture and Society; Nutrition Science; Predictive Health; Public Policy Analysis; Sustainability; and more.

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Source: What is Public Health. 18 July 2017. American Public Health Association <>.