College of Public Health Honors Program

The Honors Program at Ohio State is designed to meet the needs of students with superior academic ability and to promote scholarly development throughout their college careers. By challenging themselves with advanced levels of study and enrichment programs, Honors students can optimize the use of their creative abilities and develop a sustaining interest in advanced education and research. The College of Public Health offers Honors students several ways through which they can distinguish themselves, including designation as an Honors student, Graduation With Honors in Public Health, undergraduate research, and Graduation With Distinction.

Course requirements for the BSPH Honors program include completion of six Honors or upper division (3000+) or graduate-level courses over the first two years of study.  (This includes completion of a maximum of two Honors embedded courses.)

BSPH Honors students must also complete a Public Health Capstone Experience.

Honors students must maintain a cumulative GPA ≥3.4 at the end of every academic year. 

Honors students work with BSPH academic and Honors advisors to complete a contract for the Honors program.  The BSPH Honors contract includes: (i) a 4-year course of study plan  for taking and completing required GE,  BSPH core, and interdisciplinary specialization courses  (including the six Honors classes); and, (ii) plan for completing the BSPH Capstone which will be either the Honors Research Thesis, the BSPH Honors Internship, or the BSPH Honors Study Abroad.  

Students who complete an Honors Research Thesis plus required honors course requirements, and maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA, are eligible to graduate with Honors Research Distinction in Public Health.   Students who complete the Honors Internship or Honors Study Abroad plus required honors course requirements, and maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA, are eligible to graduate with Honors in Public Health.   

To be considered for the BSPH Honors Program, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credits at The Ohio State University, have a minimum 3.4 GPA, and complete and submit a BSPH Honors Application.  Incoming students directly admitted into the University Honors program who are Public Health majors, are directly admitted to the CPH BSPH Honors program.

All Honors forms can be found on the Current Students page



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