Undergraduate BA: Transfer to the UMN School of Public Health

This new public health bachelor of arts (BA) program addresses the growing need for public health practitioners who have the skills to address the most pressing health concerns in our diverse communities.

As an advanced-standing admission program, the public health BA accepts applications from eligible undergraduate students who meet the criteria below. Undergraduate students from all UMN system campuses and external academic institutions, including community colleges, are welcome to apply.

We highly encourage students interested in completing a bachelor of arts in public health at the University of Minnesota to attend an information session. Information sessions will focus on admissions requirements, college support and resources, and suggestions on future registration. Students are required to attend an information session before meeting individually with a SPH academic advisor.

  • Friday, February 16 from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22 from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21 from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Access a full listing of these sessions, along with joining instructions.

We welcome your questions at sph-ugrad@umn.edu.

Students who have questions about the transfer process into the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and it’s bachelor of arts major can attend office hours either online or in person. Students from within and outside the University are welcome. View upcoming dates and times below:

  • Tuesday, February 20 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29 from 9 to 11 a.m.


Access online office hours via Zoom at this link. In-person office hours will be held in the Mayo Memorial Building in office A395 on the Twin Cities campus. 

  • SOC 1001
  • PUBH 1202 OR 3202 OR 3001
  • Statistics (one of the following or acceptable transfer course)
    • BIOL 3272
    • EPSY 3264
    • PSY 3801
    • SOC 3811
    • STAT 3011
    • STAT 3021
  • Biology, Anatomy, or Physiology (one of the following or acceptable transfer course, or AP credit)
    • ANAT 3001
    • BIOL 1009
    • BIOL 1951 and BIOL 1961
    • PHSL 2041

To be eligible to apply to the Public Health BA cohort, a student must have:

  • 39 completed credits
  • 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • At least two prerequisites must be completed at the time of application, with at least three complete by the end of the Spring term.
  • While it is preferred to have the public health prerequisite complete at the time of application, if it is not completed by the end of Spring Term, admitted students must take it with their other public health coursework their first semester in the program.

Additional Information:

  • Students who have more prerequisites complete at the time of application may be prioritized for admission.
  • If you have taken a course that’s not on the list and you believe that it meets the spirit of the prerequisite, please apply. You will need to submit the course syllabus along with a reason for why you believe it meets the prerequisite. These substitutes will be reviewed by the director of undergraduate studies, and you will be notified of whether the course sufficiently satisfies the prerequisite.
  • Exceptions will be made for prerequisite courses taken during semesters where the UMN Office of the Provost allowed S grades, in which case an S in a prerequisite course is acceptable.

If you are applying to change colleges or add an additional degree/major major to pursue the Public Health BA:

  1. Talk with your current academic advisor to discuss your plan.
  2. Review the transfer requirements and deadlines, and consider how this may affect your timely graduation and/or financial aid.
  3. Complete the correct form
     If you are applying to change colleges or add an additional degree: Complete the Undergraduate Change of College & Additional Degree Application.
    If you are currently pursuing a BA degree and would like to add the Public Health BA as a second major: Complete the Public Health BA Application Fall 2024

Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2024.

Application Deadline

Priority deadline: February 1

The School of Public Health only admits students for the fall term.

Late applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.


Contact: sph-ugrad@umn.edu

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