What Is AU's Three-Year Public Health Scholars Program?
The Public Health Scholars Program offers an accelerated and interdisciplinary three-year course of study designed for highly motivated entering freshmen who are passionate about improving health.
When you join the Public Health Scholars Program, you are joining a group of outstanding students who are passionate about making a difference. The rigorous course of study for either BA or BS is designed for dedicated students who want to be engaged in numerous experiential-learning opportunities. Our graduates go on to make a positive impact on health locally, nationally, and globally.
No, students are selected for the 3-year program at the time of admission and can only enter the program in the freshman year.
No, the program is only for entering freshman.
Yes, AP or IB credits can be used to satisfy some AU requirements.
Yes, the program director will work with you to develop a course plan to meet requirements.
What if I decide I do not like the program? Can I transition to a traditional 4-year degree program?
Yes, students who decide that the 3-year program is not for them can transition into a 4-year degree program.
Yes, you will have the same ability as any other public health major to participate in a variety of activities, such as research, clubs and work, while completing your 3-year degree program.
As a cohort, will I be taking all my classes with others in the 3-Year Public Health Scholars program?
No, you will only be taking certain classes together as a cohort such as Introduction to Public Health in your first semester and Public Health Seminar in your first summer.
The experiential-learning component is incorporated throughout the curriculum. All 3-year public health scholars partake in service-learning as part of the Introduction to Public Health course during the Fall of their first year. In general, you will have an option to choose between several community partners and will volunteer with the organizations for 6 weeks each. All scholars participate in the Community Service-Learning Program (CSLP). CSLP is a community service add-on credit to an existing course where students enhance their educational experience through practice by working with a nonprofit organization.
It depends on your degree track (BA/BS), whether you are pursuing premed, and AP or IB credits. There are two summer sessions (6 weeks each). Scholars may stay in residence for both, some for just one, and some take online courses.
Summer sessions typically start in mid May and end by mid August, leaving two-week breaks before/after fall and spring semesters, even for students taking both sessions. Please see exact dates in the Academic Calendar.
The cost of attendance for the 3-year degree program is similar to the cost of a 4-year program, since students will be attending the same number of semesters (8 total). For some students, it is possible for the overall cost to be less because the cost of attendance in the summer is based on credit hours.
Yes, students in the 3-year public health scholars program will still have the opportunity to receive merit awards and scholarships. Eligibility will vary for each award.
I have received a grant or scholarship, am I eligible to apply the grant or scholarship to this program?
IYes, students in a 3-year program can use their AU grant and/or merit awards during the summer. Your scholarship amount for the summer is awarded on a per credit basis that is at equivalent to the amount you would receive in either the fall or spring semester.
Yes, students admitted to the 3-year public health scholars program can use their financial aid and merit awards to cover summer tuition and living expenses, provided you have met the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements and have submitted a Summer Aid Application.