Public Health (832)

The Bloustein School offers major and minor programs in public health.

The public health major prepares students for graduate education in public health and the health professions, and for entry-level positions in a broad spectrum of private and public health organizations. Students receive a conceptual understanding of interrelated health, environmental, economic, educational, and social welfare issues.

To pursue the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy by completing the Application for Declaration of Undergraduate Major form.
Admission to the major requires a minimum grade of C or better in each of the prerequisite courses. Completion of the public health major leads to a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree.

Students transferring from within the university, transferring from outside the university (from another college or university) or students who previously began a program at Rutgers University and have not completed that program (re-enrolling) who wish to major in public health should follow the course of study for the Public Health Direct Admit (832D) program.

Students seeking the public health minor may declare it with their matriculating unit and are not required to apply for admission to the Bloustein School.

Public Health (832) Major Requirements 

Prerequisites for the Major in Public Health (6-7 credits)

10:762:101 or 10:832:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health 3
10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods for Policy, Planning, and Health (4) or a 200-level or higher basic statistics course (3-4) 3-4

Major Requirements (48 credits)

Core Courses (36 credits)
01:119:101-102 General Biology (4,4) or equivalent  (Anatomy and Physiology I, II only optional for School of Arts and Sciences matriculants) 4,4
01:160:161-162 General Chemistry (4,4) OR   01:160:127  Impact of Chemistry AND 01:160:128  Chemistry of Life (only optional for School of Arts and Sciences matriculants) 4,4
01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation 1
10:762:395 Research Methods * 4*
10:832:232 Principles of Public Health 3
10:832:335 Epidemiology 3
10:832:499 Internship with Seminar 6
  At least one of the following:  
01:355:302 Scientific and Technical Writing or 3
01:355:303  Writing for Business and the Professions or 3
01:355:315 Writing Grant Proposals or 3
10:832:339 Public Health Literature or 3
  a preapproved professional writing course 3
Elective Courses (12 credits)  

Students must complete 12 credits of electives, of which 9 credits must be at the 300 level or higher. Students completing a minor or second major may count only one course from that minor or major as an elective for the planning and public policy major or minor.

Any 832 course counts as an elective, as do the following preapproved elective courses:

01:014:347 Health Issues in the African-American Community 3
01:070:307 Medical Anthropology ****
3 ****
01:119:131 Microbiology for the Health Sciences 3
01:119:150 Biology, Society, and Biomedical Issues 3
01:119:152 Biomedical Issues of AIDS 3
01:119:154 Genetics, Law, and Social Policy 3
01:119:182 Human Sexuality 3
01:190:101 Word Power 3
01:190:102 Medical Terminology 1.5
01:220:316 Health Economics (3)**** (credit not given for this course and 10:832:332) 3 ****
01:377:304 Exercise and Aging 3
01:730:105 or 106 Current Moral and Social Issues 3 or 4
01:730:249 Bioethics 3
01:830:331 Infant and Child Development**** 3 ****
01:830:333 Adolescent Development **** 3 ****
01:830:335 Adult Development and Aging *** 3 ***
01:920:210 Sociology of Medicine and Health Care 3
01:920:303 Social Gerontology *** 3 ***
01:920:307 Sociology of Mental Illness *** 3 ***
10:762:233 The Urban World 3
10:762:303 Poverty in Developing Nations 3
10:762:304  Poverty in the United States 3
10:762:324 Social Movements 3
10:762:335 Gender, Family, and Public Policy 3
10:762:420 GIS for Health and Planning 3
10:762:462 Human Rights and Health 3
10:762:476 Immigration Policy 3
10:762:483 Protecting Public Health and the Environment 3
11:374:225 Environment, Health, and Society 3
11:374:341 Social and Ecological Aspects of Health and Disease 3
11:374:430 Topics in Health and Environment: Risk, Health, and Safety 3
11:374:431 Topics in Health and Environment: New and Reemerging Diseases 3
11:375:301 The Environment and Health 3
11:375:302 Elements of Water and Wastewater Treatment ** 3 **
11:375:406 Public Health Practice and Administration 3
11:375:421 Air Pollution 3
11:375:435 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health 3
11:400:104 Food and Health 3
11:709:226 Nutrition for the Developing Child 3
11:709:255 Nutrition and Health 3

Public Health Minor Requirements (24-26 credits)

Completion of the minor in public health requires 24-26 credits. Students must complete 9-11 credits of required courses, and five elective courses (15 credits total). Students seeking the minor in public health may declare it without applying for admission to the Bloustein School. Only courses with a grade of C or better can be counted toward the minor. Students may only take on ONE minor at the Bloustein School.
Public Health Course Listing

Certificate Programs

The Bloustein School offers five certificate programs related to public health: Long-Term Care Administration, Public Health Preparedness, Public Health Education, Addictions Prevention, and Public Health Administration.The Long-Term Care Administration and Public Health Administration certificates are open to public health (832) majors only. The other certificates are available to all Rutgers University students, including all non-Bloustein School majors and minors, and to postbaccalaureate students with degrees in any discipline. Certificates are awarded only with, or subsequent to, the awarding of a bachelor's degree. Undergraduate students are restricted to courses at the 300 and 400 levels. Postbaccalaureate students may select courses from any level.
  Addictions Prevention Certificate 
(Open to students in any major) 
  Long-Term Care Administration Certificate 
(Open to public health (832) majors only)
  Public Health Administration Certificate
(Open to public health (832) majors or students with a bachelor's degree in a health-related field) 
  Public Health Education Certificate
(Open to students in any major) 
  Public Health Preparedness Certificate Program
(Open to students in any major) 

Five-year B.A. or B.S. / M.P.H.

Exceptional, well-prepared students from any Rutgers-New Brunswick matriculating unit who are interested in public health are encouraged to seek advising about graduate programs. Potential candidates for the bachelor of arts/master of public health (B.A./M.P.H.) or bachelor of science/master of public health (B.S./M.P.H.) program must have at least three semesters left before graduation, hold a GPA of 3.2 or better, have completed statistics and at least two semesters of science requirements with grades of B or better, and be referred by a faculty member.

Preparing for Careers in Public Health

Students seeking a career in health education should plan on taking a psychology or sociology minor and seek advising about becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Students seeking a career in health administration should complete Calculus I, microeconomics, and health economics, and plan on graduate study.

Students seeking careers in health and safety, environmental and occupational health, or sanitary inspection should take 10:832:438  Environmental and Public Health Practice (6 credits, offered summer only) and seek advising about becoming a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS).

Students seeking a career in long-term care should plan to complete the Long-Term Care Administration Certificate.


Bloustein Research Fellows (Honors Program)

The Bloustein Research Fellows Program offers an opportunity for a select group of students to align with the applied research done by the faculty, centers, and institutes at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Students may explore applications of planning and public policy related to community development; energy, health, or transportation policy; urban planning; or workforce development. Students may apply for the Research Fellows Program if they have completed the prerequisite courses for a Bloustein School major and hold at least a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average. For information about this program of study please contact Christina Miller or LaToya Fendrick, undergraduate program coordinators, at
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences students have additional requirements. See the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences section of the New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog for the public health major.
**See prerequisites in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences section of the New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog.
***Course open to students in the major only.
****See prerequisites in the Programs of Study for Liberal Arts Students section of this catalog.
*****LTCA certificate is available only to 832 majors and awarded only with, or subsequent to, earning a bachelor's degree.

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The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy was established in 1992 to provide a focus for all of Rutgers' programs of instruction, research, and service in planning and public policy. Since its inception, the Bloustein School has emerged as one of the nation's key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. Edward J. Bloustein, Rutgers' former president, constitutional scholar, active citizen, philosopher and teacher, lived a life of civic engagement that the school seeks to perpetuate through the contributions of its faculty, staff and students.


For additional information on about the Bloustein School's undergraduate programs, please contact either of our counselors:

Christina Miller
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
Bloustein School Civic Square Building; Room 183
Phone: (848) 932-2726

LaToya Fendrick
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
Phone: (848) 932-2701