Pre-Public Health Program

Pre-Public Health

A degree in public health allows students to concentrate in a variety of different academic and professional areas, including:

The undergraduate courses required vary by program and by institution.  See this website for a list of programs and academic requirements.

Application Timeline:

Public health school directly after Messiah University:

  • Required courses completed by end of senior year (although preference may be given to applicants that complete the required courses sooner)
  • Apply during fall of senior year

Standardized Test:

  • Usually Graduate Record Exam (GRE), but varies by school
  • Given virtually daily at computer test centers
  • Register on-line (
  • Length 3 h
  • 3 sections : verbal (scores 200-800), quantitative (200-800), analytical writing (0-6)
  • Receive scores immediately

Application Service:

  • Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
  • Available ~ September 1

Description of the Profession:

•    Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
•    Explore Health Careers


  • There are 5 core areas of public health:
    • Biostatistics
    • Environmental Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Health Education/Behavioral Science
    • Health Services Administration
  • Many schools offer concentrations in addition to the 5 core areas of public health
  • Go to Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health for a list of schools of public health

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