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SOPH students collecting river samples.Students who demonstrate a strong commitment to public health through both their academic work and their community engagement are eligible to graduate with an Honors designation in Public Health.

To be eligible for Honors in Public Health, you must:

  • Maintain a minimum institutional GPA of 3.0 and minimum Public Health major GPA of 3.5.
  • Complete 100-150 hours of service to the community, tracked in BlazerPulse (note: this total does not include hours completed in fulfillment of any required PUH course, e.g., PUH 305 or PUH 495). The number of hours required will depend on when you declare the Public Health major, with approximately 50 hours required per year in the major. These hours can take the form of a formal internship or field placement, volunteer hours at one or more community sites, participation in community-based research, etc. You will be assisted in finding community partners but will be responsible for logging your own hours in BlazerPulse.
  • Enroll in PUH 292: Seminars in Public Health, a one-credit course during which you attend seminars offered in the School of Public Health. This course can be completed up to three times for a total of 3 credit hours. In addition to attending school seminars, this course includes assignments focused on professional development and engagement.
  • Participate in a culminating experience during which you reflect on your engagement with the community. The form of this experience is not specified but could include: a presentation at a public forum (such as the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo), participation on a student panel, production of a podcast about your service, development of an experiential essay, etc.

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