Public Health Direct Admit (832D)

The Public Health Direct Admit (832D) 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.

This information in this section is for students who are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree from a two- or four-year institution outside of Rutgers University who are seeking to transfer to Rutgers University, or for those students currently holding an associate's degree from a two-year institution. The three types of transfer students who would follow this program include:

This option allows students with at least 45 credits, who are already in a career track (i.e., dental hygiene, radiation technology, medical assistant, registered nurse, or other allied health profession) or who otherwise hold an associate of arts (AA), associate of science (AS), or associate in applied science (AAS) degree, to apply directly to the Bloustein School. Successful applicants will have completed the pre-major requirements with a grade of C or better in each course, AND have achieved an overall GPA of at least 2.5. Upon completing the major and CORE requirements, the student will receive the preprofessional bachelor of science (B.S.) degree from the Bloustein School.

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Public Health (832D) Major Requirements 

Pre-Major Requirements

Before enrolling in the Direct Admit/Public Health Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, students are required to have completed the following two-course sequences:
  General Biology I and II OR Anatomy and Physiology I and II 4,4
  General Chemistry I and II, and Introduction to Experimentation OR Impact of Chemistry and Chemistry of Life 4,4
  An equivalent (3,3) sequence may be substituted for biology or chemistry. Please see a Bloustein School adviser for more information.  
A. General Education Requirements (24-26 credits)
The following education requirements may be completed prior to enrolling in the Direct Admit/Public Health Program at the Bloustein School, OR may be completed after enrolling in the Direct Admit/Public Health Program at the Bloustein School.
Writing and Communication (6)
01:355:101 Expository Writing or equivalent course in general composition 3
01:355:201 Research in the Disciplines or equivalent course in research composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning (3)
  A 3-credit college-level mathematics course or a course utililzing applied quantitative reasoning 3
Natural Sciences (6-8)
  Any two 3- or 4-credit courses from natural science departments, as well as ones from other departments that are primarily science. 6,8
Arts and Humanitites (6)
  Any two 3-credit art, music, English literature, foreign language, speech, classics, religion, philosophy, or other humanities course 3,3
History (3)
  A 3-credit course from a history department or any course primarily historical in nature from another department. 3
B. Major Requirements (49-54 credits)
Public Health Core (6)
10:832:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health 3
10:832:232 Principles of Public Health 3
Research and Applied Statistical Methods (10-11)
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
10:762:395 Research Methods * 4*
10:832:335 Epidemiology 3
Professional Writing (3)
  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
  a preapproved professional writing course 3
Field Experience with Professional Seminar (6)
10:832:499 Internship with Seminar 6
Elective Courses (12 credits)  

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
Sections A and B yield a total of 73-80 credits required toward the B.S. degree
C. General Electives (37-44 credits)  
Awarding of the B.S. degree requires at least 120 credits with a grade of C or better toward graduation. The additional credits may include liberal arts credits (no limit), technical credits (limit 24), or physical education credits (limit 2), either transferred in from another institution or earned at Rutgers (See NJTransfer ).
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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) 

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
***Course open to students in the major only.
****See prerequisites for this course 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