Pre-Health Preparation

Public Health Programs

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.  Public Health practitioners focus on the health of a community before they become sick rather than the health of an individual after they are sick.  Public health professionals analyze how genetics, personal choice and the environment affect health, in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.

Fort Lewis is proud to announce that we have the first undergraduate public health program in the State of Colorado.   A major in public health is a mix of various fields of study including medicine, economics, sociology, anthropology, mathematics, communications, psychology, and many others.  The degree program at Fort Lewis is composed of a core of courses that covers a basic public health curriculum, and additional courses that give students the ability to pursue areas of interest to them.  These areas include:

  • Public Health Track that helps student learn how to develop, implement, and assess public health related programs; 
  • Allied Health Track intended for those students interested in pursuing a nursing program following graduation;
  • Media Track that will enable a student to learn how to disburse public health information through a variety of media outlets;
  • Psychosocial Track that includes health psychology, sociology, and anthropology; and
  • Native American Health track that focuses on health issues and practices related specifically to Native American communities. 

Each track culminates in a public health service learning opportunity.  We also offer a minor in public health.

View the detailed curriculum for the Public Health major and minor within the current catalog.

What Can I Do With A Degree In Public Health?

  • Public Health Nursing is a specialized form of registered nursing that combines nursing and public health principles.
  • Environmental health includes a wide range of science skills.
  • Health administration incorporates business and management skills.
  • Health education involves skills required to develop community-wide prevention programs.
  • Health policy includes an understanding of law-making processes.
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics involve mathematics and modeling.

Pre-Requisite Course Work

Prerequisite courses recommended for entry into graduate Public Health programs at institutions beyond Fort Lewis College:

  • Social and behavioral sciences (sociology, anthropology, psychology) - 6-9 credit hours
  • Statistics (Math 201)
  • General Biology (Bio 112, Bio 113 and lab)
  • General Chemistry (Chem 150 and lab, Chem 151 and lab)
  • Organic Chemistry (Chem 250 and lab, Chem 251 and lab)
  • Nutrition (ES 353)
  • Bachelor's degree in any area
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Application Process & Timeline

Most Public Health programs begin in the fall, and have individual application deadlines.  You must have completed the Graduate Record Exam prior to submitting an application.  Check with individual programs for application deadline dates and submit your application materials, transcripts, and letters of recommendation early.

Additional Links

•    Accredited Schools and Programs of Public Health
•    American Public Health Association