2+ Year Member
Mar 26, 2015
Pre-Health (Field Undecided), Pre-Medical
I'm a Psychology major, but I really want to pursue Global Health and Epidemiology w/ a strong quantitative bend in grad school, possibly even go into Infectious Diseases. I have zero interest in concentrating in Social and Behavioral Sciences for my MPH (not that I don't find it interesting, just that I find the other fields more interesting!). I guess my biggest concern is that adcoms will see my Psych degree and question why I'm not applying to social/behavioral. Any thoughts?
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7+ Year Member
Mar 13, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
Absolutely not. You can do whatever you like, and plenty of other fields other than SB will give you a shot. Apply broadly.
Aug 1, 2016
Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
I don't think you should be worried - I feel like MPH programs (in general) allow for a variety of undergraduate majors (and even people who have been working for awhile) to be enrolled. I'm graduating with a bio degree from a tiny school very much focused on liberal arts - I've only done 2 psych courses in my entire undergrad time, but I'm aiming for a primarily Social/Behavioral Sciences MPH. Unless a specific program has extra requirements (ex: some Biostats/Epidemiology programs require more than 1 stats class), you should be safe. Use your personal statement to really explain why you're interested in a specific area of public health.