Public health is a multidisciplinary area of study whose goal is to improve the health of populations. The study of public health focuses on prevention, seeks to limit health disparities and promotes healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.

Overview of Public Health Major

The Health Sciences Department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Health. Learn about the major.

Co-curricular Activities

Successful participation in the Public Health major requires more than just coursework. Public Health majors commit to participation in a monthly Brown Bag series, completion of an E-portfolio, and substantial community engagement (e.g., volunteer service hours, service projects, and summer internship).

  • Brown Bag Seminar Series

      This series is designed to integrate course work, connect academic experiences to current events in public health, and prepare students for the applied capstone experience. Public Health Majors will participate in their fall and spring of their junior year, and spring of their senior year. (Note: The Capstone Course replaces the brown bag seminar series in the fall of their senior year.)

  • The E-portfolio

      The E-portfolio provides students with the ability to develop an electronic portfolio demonstrating core competence in public health through archived evidence from academic classes, personal reflections, and applied learning experiences. The ePortfolio will allow students to showcase the professional, leadership, team, and communication skills that they have gained through the Public Health major.

  • Community engagement:

      The Public Health major will provide students the opportunity for service and meaningful contribution, which will be linked back to their academic and professional interests and experiences. In their junior year, students will complete a minimum of 15 volunteer service hours per semester. Volunteer service hours are intended to provide exposure to the breadth of public health, foster an appreciation of the broad determinants of health and vulnerable populations, and to help students identify potential areas for in-depth capstone experience. At least once per year, Public Health majors will engage in a half-day service project as a cohort. Completed during the summer after junior year, the capstone experience is an opportunity for students to gain real world experiences, skills and connections in public health practice and/or research.

Admission to the Public Health Major

The following factors will be considered when determining admission to the major:

  • Understanding of public health and potential fit with the Public Health major
  • Demonstrated capacity to make satisfactory progress toward completion of the Public Health major

Steps to Apply

To be eligible to apply, students must have completed or be enrolled in Fundamentals of Public Health at the time of application (HSC 205; previously numbered HSC 301).

  1. Learn more about the Public Health major by attending an informational session on October 18, 2017, in PAC 113 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. or by watching the information video posted on the Health Sciences Department website.
  2. Download the Public Health application [PDF], which includes personal information, names of two Furman faculty or staff references, and a personal statement. In the personal statement (maximum of 3,500 characters with spaces [approximately 500 words]), students will articulate why they are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in public health. The application should be saved in the following format: LastName_Application.pdf.
  3. Prepare a resume. Save the resume in the following format: LastName_Resume.pdf.
  4. Submit the application form and resume directly to Mrs. Lonita Stegall in a single email to lonita.stegall@furman.edu

Timeline for Applying to the Major

Class of 2020: Applications due Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:30 am EST.

All subsequent classes: Applications due in Spring of sophomore year*

*Specific application dates to be released when registration dates are available


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