Applying to the program

Admission to the Public Health major is selective and the number of majors is limited. There are two steps to becoming a major:

Step 1: Pre-Major Application
Students interested in applying to the major should first pre-major in Public Health. This allows students access to entry-level courses. You may sign up to become a pre-major as early as your freshman year; however, most students sign up during their sophomore year. 

See Jen Leita in Carver 201A to fill out the pre-major forms. To book an appointment with Jen, sign up at

Pre-majors are strongly advised to complete the pre-requisites for BIOL 348 and 349 and CHEM 251 (or 351) by the end of their sophomore year. 

Step 2: Major Application
Pre-majors must apply for admission to the major in early April of their “traditional” sophomore year, prior to beginning the 400-level sequenced courses the following fall quarter. Please see below for a list of items to include in your application. If you have questions, the program advisor or faculty members can provide additional information on application specifics.

In addition to the application, the completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) one of the following courses is necessary: HLED 150, 151, 152, or 345. Fulfillment of the requirements does not automatically secure admission to the major. Public Health pre-majors are notified regarding acceptance into the major before fall quarter registration.

As a Public Health Major, you must maintain a 2.50 GPA in all major courses to enroll in the required full-time internship at the end of the program of study.  A grade of C or better is required for a student's major courses and supporting courses for majors.

How to Apply to the Public Health Major:  Application deadline Friday, April 9th to join the major for Fall 2021

Please email items 1-4 in ONE email to Jen Leita: Letters of reference (item 5) must be emailed directly from your reference to Jen. 

1. Public Health Major Application

The application is available here: Public Health Major Application 2021.

2. Transcripts

Transcripts from all colleges attended showing your previous and current course work are to be included with the application. Your transcripts do not have to be official. WWU transcripts can either be saved as a PDF or in the form of a screenshot of Web4U.

3. Current Resume

Present your education, volunteer and/or work experience, awards, and certifications.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the Career Services Center https://www.wwu/edu/careers/resumes.shtml for guidance.

4. Essay

Explain (1) why you are interested in majoring in Public Health, (2) what you see yourself doing in 2-5 years, and (3) a description of your experience with community service/volunteer work, highlighting health-related activities. The essay is to be no longer than 3 typed double-spaced pages, 12 point font. Please make sure your name is at the top of the page.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the Research & Writing Studio at: for guidance.

5. Two Letters of Reference

Include two letters of reference that can speak directly to: (1) your experience (work or volunteer) in public health activities; (2) your motivation, leadership, initiative, and interpersonal skills; and (3) what makes you a strong candidate for training to be a member of the public health education profession. Examples of strong reference letter sources may be from previous instructors (exclude Drs. Bennett, Hunt and Li), coaches, mentors, or employers. The letters must be emailed directly from your reference to Jen Leita at