Departmental Honors in Public Health

The Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health and Exercise Science offers an honors program to students who exhibit academic excellence, a commitment to community engagement, and a desire to conduct public health research. Honors distinction requires completing nine or more disciplinary hours of honors work at the 3000 or 4000 level, including the honors section of Seminar in Rural Public Health (PH4650) and three semester hour honors thesis directed by a public health faculty member. Students can earn Honors credit for a non-honors course by contracting with the Professor for an enriched academic experience. This may include completing service-learning activities outside the classroom. Students wishing to take a course under a contract should contact the Departmental Honors Director in consultation with the class instructor to request the contract and arrange the course requirements.

Enrollment in the public health honors program requires an application and is by permission of the Departmental Honors Director. To graduate with departmental honors in public health a student must be a major, have maintained an overall grade point average of 3.45, have no grade less than a B in any departmental honors courses, and have completed and defended a departmental honors thesis.  

Students who are interested in pursuing departmental honors in public health should contact the Departmental Honors Director, Dr. Jennifer Zwetsloot at