Public Health Bachelor's Degrees

Graduates of the BS Program in Public Health are expected to advance the field of public health in the region and nationwide. Public health role functions exist in private industry, organizations, local communities, and state and national settings. Students will also attain a foundation of knowledge that is necessary to pursue graduate studies in public health and health sciences. 

If you are a current junior or senior College of Health Sciences student, check out our Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program. If you are a UMass Lowell student, you could minor in public health.

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Admission Requirements

  • A high school diploma.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of high school program that focuses on college prep courses including English, biology, and chemistry.  It is strongly recommended that incoming freshman take math through pre-calculus or calculus and complete high school physics.
  • Minimum combined SAT scores of 1,000 (mathematics and verbal).
  • Students must be able to meet the technical standards of the college and the program so that they can actively participate in all phases of class, practicum and laboratory work, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Courses & Outcomes

The BS Program in Public Health is a four-year 120-credit degree program. In addition to foundation and core public health courses, students will choose one of three options:

Visit the UMass Lowell Academic Catalog for more course information.


 Community Health / Health Promotion

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.


 Environmental / Occupational Health

Students will study the complex links between environmental exposures to chemicals, radiation, and pathogens, climate change, ecosystem damage, and human health with an emphasis on occupational health. Graduates can pursue environmental and occupational health positions in health departments, public agencies, environmental consulting firms and nonprofit organizations.


 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.


Learning Outcomes

Visit the Academic Catalog for the Learning Outcomes for Public Health.


Why Study Public Health?

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College of Health Sciences students, check out the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program.

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All UMass Lowell students can take advantage of the Public Health minor.

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The College of Health Sciences offers over 20 degrees - bachelor's, master's and doctoral.

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