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Elective Courses

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In addition to the required courses, students must select four 200- or 300-level advisor-approved elective courses (12 – 15 hours) of which two must be 300-level courses. Depending on your area(s) of interest, you can select related courses to broaden and deepen your experience. There is room, by intention, for creativity and flexibility in this major.

Area of Interest Courses to pursue
Science emphasis Biology and/or chemistry
Biostatistics Mathematics, data science, or computer science (e.g. health informatics)
Policy emphasis Political science and/or economics
Public health across the lifespan Social work, sociology, or psychology
Global issues related to public health Political science or global development studies
Environmental emphasis Environmental studies
Health care administration Economics and/or business

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