Program Description


The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program focuses on protecting and improving the health of populations – from neighborhoods to nations - through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Coursework covers a broad range of public health topics and a student selected “track” of interest: community health education or health administration. Students are prepared for entry-level positions in public health settings or for continuing education.

This major requires a separate application and admission process apart from being admitted to the University. While students may be admitted to the university as a “Public Health Intent” student, admission to the Public Health program is not guaranteed.


The public health major prepares culturally competent public health professionals committed to advancing health equity through the improvement of individual and community health and well-being.  Public health students pursue specialized study to develop practical skills in the classroom and in the community to address a broad range of issues of population health significance through programming, research, education and policy change.


Public health majors gain valuable, real-world experience through their chosen internship. Students can further develop their leadership skills through participation in student organizations (such as Eta Sigma Gamma or the Health Administration Student Organization) or collaborate with faculty to research current population health issues.

About Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is a comprehensive, co-educational public university in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti is 35 miles (56 km) west of Detroit and eight miles (13 km) east of Ann Arbor. The university was founded in 1849 as Michigan State Normal School. Today, the university is governed by an eight-member Board of Regents whose members are appointed by the Governor of Michigan for eight-year terms. EMU has a total enrollment of more than 23,000 students.