Public health graduate Daniel Howell ’16 ’18, a project manager and outreach coordinator at the Lowell Community Health Center, organized and supervised a statewide testing campaign to slow the spread of the virus. Read "Stopping the Spread."
The pandemic exposed the critical role that public health professionals play to prevent diseases and promote health. With a B.S. in public health, you’ll be prepared for a career that creates healthy communities through education, research and promotion of healthy environments and lifestyles.
The cornerstone of the program is health promotion and disease prevention, rather than on diagnosing and treating illnesses and conditions after they occur.
Public health jobs exist in private industry, organizations, local communities, and state and national settings.
We offer the Public Health BS in two options: Community Health/Health Promotion and Health Sciences. See more details below.
Students will also attain a foundation of knowledge that is necessary to pursue graduate studies in public health and health sciences.
Health Sciences - This option will provide a strong emphasis on health sciences with flexibility in selecting health science courses and electives under academic advisor guidance. Sufficient elective credits are included in health science coursework to allow students the opportunity to select science courses in an area of their interest within a public health framework. This option not only prepares students to work in the field of public health, but could also be used as a pathway to graduate degrees in various areas of health sciences such as direct entry graduate nursing programs, occupational therapy, and post-graduate professional health programs, including medical school.
For additional information including learning outcomes and course listings visit the academic catalog.
Community Health/Health Promotion Concentration - Students will be involved in service learning and community health practicum experiences and take courses to increase skills in communication and teaching related to health promotion and prevention in community settings. This option will prepare students for careers as community health educators in a variety of settings including community health centers, hospitals, long term care facilities, corporate wellness, and nonprofit organizations.
There is growing popularity of Public Health majors and minors in the United States as a result of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for universities to promote an educated citizenry by providing access to public health education to all undergraduate students. An understanding of global health challenges and social responsibilities in regard to critical public health issues is important for promoting a healthy society. A minor in Public Health will prepare students to address these challenges.
Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences students, check out the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program.
It is an exciting time to pursue a master's degree in public health. You will not only make a difference in the world by improving human health, but you will also be in demand to fulfill much needed roles in the field.
Aaron Wilson chose UMass Lowell because of the strength of the public health program. Once he transferred, he immersed himself in campus life, getting involved in everything from clubs to research as a laboratory assistant at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.
For Nery Rodriguez, public health is the perfect major to combine science with helping people and communities.
The River Hawk Scholars Academy, a support program for first-generation college students, gave Monica Kong the confidence she needed to succeed – and lead.
Majoring in Public Health helped Ashley Ventrillo turn her passion for women's rights into a career.