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. 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.
If you are a current junior or senior Zuckerberg 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.
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 two options:
Visit the UMass Lowell Academic Catalog for more course information.
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.
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.
Visit the Academic Catalog for the Learning Outcomes for Public Health.
Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences students, check out the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program.
All UMass Lowell students can take advantage of the Public Health minor.
Faculty in the Department of Public Health have a wide range of research interests including social epidemiology, community education, and environmental health and safety.
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.
When Daniel Howell interned at the City of Lowell Health Department, he helped run a forum addressing opioid abuse.
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.
Shannon Gray started earning her master's degree in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology as an undergraduate. Her internship with the Uxbridge Board of Health broadened her exposure to the role public health professionals play and strengthened her skills.