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.
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.
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.
Daniel Howell spent several years addressing the opioid epidemic in Lowell. Now, he’s working on a pandemic: COVID-19.
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.
Cassie Harding’s internship experiences as a public health student inspired her to tackle the big health and wellness challenges facing people in the cities and towns around her.