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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

create health communities through education, research & promotion

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Daniel Howell’s internship with the Lowell Health Department gave him the opportunity to educate the public about opioid prevention and treatment. He learned he’s well-prepared for his career.

Graduates of the BS Program in Public Health are expected to advance the field of public health in the region and nationwide. Public health jobs exist in private industry, organizations, local communities, and state and national settings. The pandemic exposed the critical role that public health professionals play to prevent disease and promote health. 

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.

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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.

For additional information including learning outcomes and course listings visit the academic catalog.

  • 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.
Visit UML Undergraduate Admissions for details.
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.
Graduates of the BS in Health Science Concentration work in:
This option emphasizes health sciences with flexibility in selecting courses and electives under the guidance of an academic advisor. Sufficient elective credits are included in health science coursework to allow you the opportunity to select courses in an area of your interest within a public health framework. This option not only prepares you to work in the field of public health, but could also serve as a pathway to graduate degrees in various areas of health sciences, including medical school, physician assistant, nursing and other postgraduate professional health programs.
Graduates of the BS in Community Health/Health Promotion Concentration work in:
This option will prepare you for a career as a community health professional in a variety of settings, including:
  • Community health centers 
  • Local and state public health departments 
  • Hospitals 
  • Long-term care facilities 
  • Corporate wellness organizations 
  • Nonprofit organizations
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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.

Public Health Minor

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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.

Accelerated BS to MS Program

Meet Our Students

  • Aaron Wilson
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    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.

  • Ashley  Ventrillo
    Public Health

    Majoring in Public Health helped Ashley Ventrillo turn her passion for women's rights into a career.

  • Daniel Howell
    Public Health

    Daniel Howell spent several years addressing the opioid epidemic in Lowell. Now, he’s working on a pandemic: COVID-19.

  • Marina Novaes
    Public Health

    Marina Novaes was inspired to pursue a career in health after a mission trip to El Salvador. Marina's experiences through her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and the peer-education group Campus Advocates for Prevention Education, motivated her to apply (and be accepted into) UML’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Public Health program.