Public health is a multidisciplinary area of study whose goal is to improve the health of populations. The study of public health focuses on prevention, seeks to limit health disparities and promotes healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.

Public Health Program Overview

The major includes nine core courses that are grounded in the philosophy and core competencies of Public Health. Additional elective courses promote interdisciplinary and population perspectives of health. The Public Health major also includes a culminating Capstone Experience, which promotes engaged learning, provides real-world public health skills and connections, and fosters self-reflection. By providing curricular and co-curricular opportunities through both liberal arts and professional experiences, the Public Health major fosters student discovery of path, profession and purpose.

Co-curricular Activities

Successful participation in the Public Health major requires more than just coursework. Public Health majors commit to participation in a monthly Brown Bag series, completion of an E-portfolio, and substantial community engagement (e.g., volunteer service hours, service projects, and summer internship).

Admission to the Public Health Major

The following factors will be considered when determining admission to the major:

  • Understanding of public health and potential fit with the Public Health major
  • Demonstrated capacity to make satisfactory progress toward completion of the Public Health major

Steps to Apply

To be eligible to apply, students must have completed or be enrolled in Fundamentals of Public Health at the time of application (HSC 205).

  1. Learn more about the Public Health major by attending an informational session or by watching the information video posted on the Health Sciences Department website.
  2. Download the Application to Public Health Major which includes personal information, names of two Furman faculty or staff references, and a personal statement. In the personal statement (maximum of 3,500 characters with spaces [approximately 500 words]), students will articulate why they are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in public health. The application should be saved in the following format: LastName_Application.pdf.
  3. Prepare a resume. Save the resume in the following format: LastName_Resume.pdf.
  4. Submit the application form and resume directly to Mrs. Lonita Stegall in a single email to

Timeline for Applying to the Major

Class of 2026: Applications due Friday, January 26, 2024 at 8:30 am EST.
Applications are due in Spring of the sophomore year.