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

Chandni Shahdev in front of Coburn Hall in UMass Lowell south campus
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 
Valeria Saldana
Valeria Saldana '22
Public Health

Valeria Saldana knew she had found a welcoming community from her first visit to campus.

I felt instantly like it was where I belonged.
Read More About Valeria Saldana 
Kate Killion loaded grocery bags onto sidewalk
Kate Killion '21
Public Health – Dietetics

Kate Killion came to UML because it’s the only university in New England that offers a dietetics degree with a public health perspective.

The UMass Lowell program really emphasizes the public health influences, even on individual health.
Read More About Kate Killion 
Abdul Hameed holds up his diploma
Abdul Hameed '20
Public Health – Healthcare Management

A practicum in infection prevention at a hospital prepared Abdul Hameed for a job with the CDC, preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in hospitals and other health-care facilities.

I’ll never get another chance for this experience.
Read More About Abdul Hameed