As a public health major, you’ll prepare for a career that creates healthy communities through education, research and promotion of healthy environments and lifestyles.

What courses will you take?

Public health student at UMass Lowell checks the heart sounds of a child

The B.S. in Public Health offers courses that provide a solid foundation in critical thinking, advocacy, leadership, teamwork, research, statistics, biological and life sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and communication.

With the public health major, you can choose between two concentrations, which lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

  • Community Health/Health Promotion Concentration — Prepare for a career as a community health professional in a variety of settings, including community health centers, hospitals, and public health departments. Courses help to increase skills in communication and teaching related to health promotion and disease prevention in community settings. You’ll be involved in experiential learning, including community health practicum experiences. 
  • Health Sciences Concentration — Focus on health sciences with flexibility in selecting courses in an area of your interest within a public health framework. Courses prepare you to work in the field of public health including areas such as epidemiology and disease surveillance. This concentration can also can 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.

In the final semester, you will participate in a required capstone experience, spending several hours per week in a setting that is associated with you career goals. 

Visit the Academic Catalog for complete a course listing and to learn about the Public Health minor.

  • Degree Pathways are a semester-by-semester sequence of courses recommended for successful completion of a degree, diploma, credential or certificate from the university. The most current degree pathways are:

    Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.
  • Upon completion of the B.S. degree program in Public Health at UMass Lowell, our graduates will be able to:

    1. Articulate critical public health problems and their causes, including an understanding of the environmental, social, behavioral, and biological factors influencing health. 
    2. Apply the basic concepts of data collection and analysis to health data.
    3. Identify and use evidence-based approaches to address population and community health needs. 
    4. Identify prevention strategies for a range of public health, applying critical analysis and reasoning skills to problem solving. 
    5. Apply the fundamental concepts of program assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and management in a culturally appropriate fashion. 
    6. Evaluate the economic, historical, ethical, and political/legal contexts of public health problems and solutions and the challenges that practitioners face.
    7. Identify and access resources for researching public health problems and critically evaluate research.
    8. Use the public health-specific tools of communication.

Why study public health at UMass Lowell?

UMass Lowell student Nery Rodriguez reads with a child

Fun Outside the Classroom

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together.

Advocates of Health Equity for Minorities

Pre-Medical Organization

Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Public Health Club

Public Health students at UMass Lowell collect water samples outdoors

Experiential Learning

Gain skills and career connections through learning experiences with our partner organizations, including: 

  • Premier healthcare facilities
  • Laboratories and clinics
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Health science industry  

UML Assoc. Teaching Prof. Arlee Dulak shows nursing student Fritza Jeudy a new anatomy model

Health Sciences Hub

Prepare for success in our Health Sciences Hub, a designated space in the Health and Social Sciences building where you can: 

  • Meet with your advisor
  • Get tutoring help
  • Access anatomical models
  • Attend workshops on topics such as nutrition, wellness and mental health
UMass Lowell student Rabia Haider

Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's program.

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in public health?

Public health professionals are in demand as the U.S. places a high priority on preventative care. Our program produces successful public health workers who have the skills and flexibility necessary to thrive in federal, private and nongovernmental organizations, as well as pursue graduate studies in public health and health sciences.

Dan Howell conducting COVID testing in parking lot tent

Our versatile graduates can work in a wide range of settings, including: 

  • Community health centers
  • Local and state public health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Corporate wellness organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations

Meet Our Students

Dan Howell conducting COVID testing in parking lot tent
Daniel Howell '16, '18
Public Health

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

My professors made a point of steering me toward real-world experience.
Read More About Daniel Howell 
Haylee Dussault shows of some fresh herbs and veggies in a small garden
Haylee Dussault '16, '18
Nutritional Science, Public Health

Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.

I’ve been given the opportunity not just to make valuable connections in the dietetics industry, but to also focus on making a real impact on school food service.
Read More About Haylee Dussault 
Superlan Lingga presents at a conference
Suparlan Lingga '17
Public Health – Health Care Management

Suparlan Lingga ’17 came to UMass Lowell to further his education in public health. Now he coordinates the Indonesian government’s work with UNICEF to improve child and maternal health, education and safety.

I had a great experience at UMass Lowell, with the knowledge and experience of the students, teachers and staff.
Read More About Suparlan Lingga 
Kelsey Gonzalez (right) poses with a doctor outdoors
Kelsey Gonzalez '21
Public Health

Kelsey Gonzalez cares for asylum seekers as program manager for Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health.

Working on the border has further opened my eyes to how much advancement is needed at a global scale to improve the quality of life of vulnerable populations.
Read More About Kelsey Gonzalez