First Year Students

Dean's Welcome Note

Dear College of Health Class of 2026, 

I am delighted to welcome you to the College of Health at Lehigh University. Congratulations on your acceptance into the College! 

Do you want to play a role in preventing the next pandemic, or in improving health outcomes domestically and globally, or in coming up with entrepreneurial ideas for preventing and treating chronic disease? All of these are possibilities for your future now that you’ve chosen the College of Health. For those of you interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine, completing a degree in the College of Health will give you a unique perspective and a strong skill set that will set you apart from other applicants to these professional programs. 

You were accepted into the College of Health because we are inspired by your desire to make a difference in the world’s health, and impressed by your qualifications. We are confident that you will excel in either of our two majors--the B.S. in Population Health, in which you will learn about the multiple determinants of health, data analytics, and epidemiology, or our B.A.  in Community and Global Health, in which you will learn about the multiple determinants of health, and how to design, implement, and evaluate health interventions for communities in the U.S.  and abroad. We are also excited to offer six minor programs, which you can read more about on our website. 

You will be the third class of students to graduate from the College of Health, and the first to have access to the beautiful new Health, Science, and Technology building—the largest and most modern research facility that Lehigh has ever built. 

Please join us in June for “COH 101,” virtual sessions designed to introduce you to what your life as a COH student will be like. In these sessions, you’ll hear about the different classes in COH, meet some of our faculty, explore the careers you can consider with either of our degrees, and learn about how to register for classes. 

We hope to see you on Zoom this summer, and REALLY look forward to meeting you in person in the Fall. 



Elizabeth A. Dolan, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Health

Helpful Links

Welcome Packet - Class of 2026
Pre-Health Students - Suggested Course Sequencing
Registration FAQ's 
Advanced Placement Credit
Course Registration, Anticipatory Exams, and Textbook Information

Questions about anything? Email Jen Topp, Student Experience Manager,