People who work in public health help communities prevent disease and improve health and wellbeing. The two concentrations, Health Sciences and Community Health/Health Promotion, prepare students for a variety of exciting public health careers.

Public Health: Take the Path to a Rewarding Career

If you’re looking for a fulfilling and meaningful career, the B.S. in Public Health is right for you. As a student, you’ll prepare for careers that promote wellness, prevent diseases and address health disparities on a local, national and global scale. 

Public Health Career Options

Earn a B.S. public health degree and gain the skills and knowledge to thrive as a community health professional, epidemiologist, medical and services manager and many other careers. Some of our students pursue graduate studies in public health and health sciences.

Stefany Campbell at the edge of a road holding a device to measure water samples

UMass Lowell graduates work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Community health centers
  • Local and state public health departments
  • Corporate wellness organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Technology sector
  • Academia
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Choose a concentration that fits your career goals

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With the public health major, you can choose between two concentrations, each leading 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. You’ll learn skills in communication and teaching related to health promotion and disease prevention in community settings. Gain experience with the community health practicum.
  • Health Sciences Concentration — Focus on health sciences with flexibility of 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 serves as a pathway to graduate programs in health sciences, including medical school, physician assistant, nursing and other postgraduate professional health programs.  

Courses you'll take

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.

Check out our degree pathways—a suggested four-year schedule—for a possible pathway toward your B.S. in Public Health.

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

Visit the Academic Catalog to view all Public Health courses and learn about the Public Health minor and Population Health Informatics and Technology minor.

Find 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?

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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  

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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
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Fun Outside the Classroom

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

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 3.000 or higher
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

Meet Our Students

Nery Rodriguez reads with a child
Nery Rodriguez '22
Public Health

For Nery Rodriguez, public health is the perfect major to combine science with helping people and communities.

With public health, you’re looking at a population and how to deal with health disparities.
Read More About Nery Rodriguez 
Jessica Saad UMass Lowell Community Health & Sustainability Alum
Jessica Saad ’11
Community Health & Sustainability

Looking back, Jessica Saad doesn’t take for granted how much UMass Lowell —and community health especially— helped prepare her for life outside of college.

I know I got a solid education at UMass Lowell. Not only did I learn in the classroom, but I was also given opportunities to work with people in the community.
Read More About Jessica Saad 
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Chandni Shahdev '20
Public Health – Epidemiology

Her master’s degree in public health and research experiences helped Chandni Shahdev get a job with the CDC Foundation, working with employers to prevent and contain outbreaks of COVID-19.

UMass Lowell stood out. I was really impressed by the research the faculty were doing.
Read More About Chandni Shahdev 
Cosette Scott.
Cosette Scott '24
Master of Public Health in Epidemiology

Cosette Scott’s internship working with a lead epidemiologist in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is making an impact on public health policy.

I’m excited to apply what I learned in the classroom to this research.
Read More About Cosette Scott 

Add a Minor in Population Health Informatics and Technology

Pair the Public Health major with a minor in Population Health Informatics and Technology (PHIT) and gain solid knowledge in IT for solving public health problems. Join one of the fastest-growing fields of Health informatics and develop innovative ways of collecting, storing, analyzing, and sharing public health data.