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Public Health

As a public health major at the Arnold School of Public Health, you can choose from two different undergraduate degree programs.

Public health encompasses a wide variety of areas, such as biostatistics; environmental health sciences; epidemiology; health promotion, education, and behavior; exercise science; communication sciences and disorders; and health services policy and management. Students will acquire a broad understanding of public health concepts, issues, and opportunities.


Undergraduate Degree Programs

As a public health major, you can choose from two different undergraduate degree programs. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) curriculum is for students who want to apply the degree to social and behavioral sciences, while the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) is for students who are interested in a broad-based natural science. Take a closer look at the Public Health B.A. and B.S. degrees to find the one that fits you best.


Public Health Programs News

Cassidy Lena

Recent graduate finds intersection of public health and genetic counseling

With the MCH Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Program, Cassidy Lena explored the MCH field - even analyzing Medicaid policy impacts on maternal and infant outcomes in SC for her Honors Senior Thesis.

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Abby Berquist and Hannah Leili win student public health awards

The Office of Undergraduate Affairs is proud to announce the winners of this year's Outstanding Public Health Awards. Abby Berquist (B.A. in Public Health; pictured right) and Hannah Leili (B.S. in Public Health) are the 2023 recipients. 

Taylor Williams

Combining public health and medicine to end Black maternal disparities

The public health curriculum enabled Taylor Williams to discover her passion for addressing Black maternal mortality, including how policy change and community-wide interventions can improve health outcomes for these women and their children.

Kaleb Phelps

Breaking barriers: Kaleb Phelps pioneers research on autism diagnosis experiences in the Black community

The Office of National Fellowships and Scholar Programs features public health major and Honors College student Kaleb Phelps' journey to becoming an advocate and researcher for autism in the Black community.

Anjali Borsum

Public health program inspires prevention focus for future physician

With interests in maternal and child health/mortality, particularly the disparities faced by rural communities in the U.S. and in S.C., Anjali Borsum will focus on prevention during her Doctor of Medicine program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Taylor Wright

Former student body presidents: Where are they now?

USC catches up with past student body presidents, including public health alumna (2018) Taylor Wright, who now does public engagement for Secretary Pete Buttigieg improving public safety in the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Helen Holderread

Recent graduate preps for medical career with public health degree and global health experiences

Admitted students day turned out to be a milestone event for Helen Holderread. She learned about the B.S. in Public Health program, which would provide a solid foundation for her eventual medical studies while offering a broader view of health.

Asia Fulton

Public health student named Gillman Scholar

Asia Fulton, a rising senior majoring in public health, is one of five USC students to win a $5,000 Gillman Scholarship, which she is using to support her Spanish studies in Costa Rica. 

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