Undergraduate Applications

Application Instructions for Bachelor of Science in Public Health major

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.

Admission Criteria

New First-Year Students / Freshman: New First Year students must have a minimum ACT score of 26 or a minimum combined SAT score of 1170 (old scale) or 1240 (new scale) to be directly admitted to the College as a Pre-Public Health major.  

Admitted first year Ohio State students who do not meet the incoming freshman criteria can enroll in the Exploration program to consider alternative majors. Students who are not declared Pre-Public Health majors can still complete prerequisite courses and apply to the Public Health major.

Transfer Students Students transferring to Ohio State must have a minimum 2.80 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 30 credits from the college in which they last earned transfer credit to be directly enrolled as a Pre-Public Health major.

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 by the end of the Autumn 2017 semester and a minimum of 30 credit hours before the beginning of the Autumn 2018 semester.  Interested students must complete and submit an application by the February 15, 2018 deadline. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the 2018 Autumn semester begins to formally enter the program. Admissions applications for Autumn 2018 admission will be available December 15, 2017 (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 the Autumn 2018 semester begins.

Accessing the Application

Applications for Autumn 2018 will be available starting December 15, 2017. The deadline to apply is: February 15, 2018.
Application link: http://gpadmissions.osu.edu/apply/uprof.html

If you have questions while navigating the application, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions below or contact Guy Smalley (smalley.29@osu.edu).

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

When must all prerequiste courses be completed?
Students admitted for Autumn Semester 2017 admission had to complete all required major prerequisites by the beginning of the Autumn 2016 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.