Applying to the Program

Admission to the Community Health major is selective and the number of majors is limited. Interested students meet with program faculty to pre-major in Community Health. This allows students access to entry-level courses. Pre-majors are strongly advised to complete Biology pre-requisites for BIOL 348 and 349 and Chemistry pre-requisites for CHEM 251 or 351 by the end of the Sophomore year. A 2.5 GPA is required to pre-major and must be maintained.

Application to the major is due by October 15th of the "traditional" junior year prior to the 400-level courses. The application includes:


Explaining (1) why you are interested in majoring in Community Health and what you see yourself doing in 2-5 years; and (2) a description of your experience with community service/volunteer work, highlighting health-related activities. The essay is to be no longer than 3 typed double-spaced pages, 12 point font.

Current Resume

Presenting your education, volunteer and/or work experience, award, certifications, and hobbies/interest;

Two Letters of Reference

Excluding family and friends, that can speak directly to: (1) your experience (work or volunteer) in community health activities; (2) your motivation, leadership, initiative, and interpersonal skills; and (3) why you would be an ideal candidate to become a member of the community health education profession.


From all colleges attended showing your previous and current course work are to be included with the application. Your transcripts do not have to be official and can be pulled off of the WWU website where you regularly access your academic profile.

Program Application Form

Which can be obtained from your Community Health advisor.

In addition to the application, the completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) one of the following courses is necessary: HLED 150,151,152, or 345. Program faculty can provide additional information on application specifics. Fulfillment of the requirements does not automatically secure admission to the major. Community Health pre-majors are notified regarding acceptance before Winter quarter registration. As a Community Health major, you must maintain the 2.5 GPA in all major courses to enroll in the required full-time internship at the end of the program of study.

Please note: Bio 348 & Bio 349, Chem 251 (or 351), and Math 240 (a pre-req for HLED 420) are required before the senior year.

Page Updated 06.30.2015