Undergraduate Applications

Admission to the public health major is competitive. Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic record, leadership, work and volunteer experiences and potential for success. Interested applicants can watch the application workshop video created in December 2020 with a walk-through of the application and common questions addressed. Watch the video here

We are available and happy to set up a video meeting or phone call. Meet with a member of our advising team to discuss academics, admission requirements, courses of study, internships, education abroad opportunities, honors and scholars information, and to answer any other questions you may have. To schedule an appointment please call the Office of Academic Programs and Student Services at 614-292-8350.

Admission Criteria

Current Ohio State Students: Current Ohio State students that want to switch to the College as a Pre-Public Health major, must have a minimum 2.80 cumulative OSU GPA and a minimum of 12 credits.

Admission Criteria

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8, 30 credit hours earned and have all prerequsite courses completed by autumn semester.  The application for admission for autumn 2022 opens December 15, 2021 and closes February 15, 2022. (see link below under "Accessing the Application").

Course prerequisites

Public Health Sociology Specialization*:
English 1110
Math 1116 or higher
One approved GE Science course (list)
Sociology 1101

Environmental Public Health Specialization*:
English 1110
Math 1148/1149 or 1150 or higher
Biology 1113
Sociology 1101

*Applicants must complete ALL prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher before autumn 2022 semester begins.

Accessing the Application

Applications for Autumn 2022 open December 15, 2021 and close February 15, 2022.

If you have questions while navigating the application, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Can I substitute a course for Sociology 1101?
Yes Rural Sociology 1500 can be substituted for Sociology 1101.

When must all prerequisite courses be completed?
Students admitted for Autumn Semester 2022 admission have to complete all required major prerequisites by the beginning of the Autumn 2022 semester.

I plan on applying to the Sociology specialization, where can I find the approved Natural Science GE list?
The approved GE Science courses can be found here

I plan on applying to the Sociology specialization and have completed more than one of the courses included in the Approved Natural Science GE list.
Which of these courses should I include in the BSPH Major application?

Use the approved Natural Science GE course in which you earned the highest grade.

I am currently not attending the Ohio State University but want to apply to the Bachelors of Science in Public Health major. What do I need to do?
First, you need to apply and be accepted to the Ohio State University through Undergraduate Admissions. Once accepted to the Ohio State University you may submit an application to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health major.

If I miss the application deadline can I still apply?
We will accept and review applications after the application deadline, pending available seats and the quality of applicants.

How many students will you be accepting into the major?
We anticipate accepting up to 80 qualified applicants.