As the population grows, private hospitals and governments will need talented and creative people to help solve some of the most pressing public health issues.
The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell—one of the top 80 public schools according to U.S. News & World Report, 2018—offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health that’s helping prepare students to address these issues.
A Collaborative Approach to Public Health
Students who pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health at UMass Lowell are helping advance the field of public health. This program combines foundational courses in public health and health sciences with hands-on experience.
Undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in life-changing research through experiential learning. Students may work in co-ops and research symposiums, and apply for research awards to pursue solutions to issues like improving drug therapies, preventing childhood obesity and creating greener, more effective disinfectants for hospital use.
UMass Lowell features three on-campus centers where students can also put their studies into practice by participating in research: The Center for Population Health, the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace or the Center for Gerontology Research & Partnerships.
An In-Demand Career Choice
Students who graduate with a degree in Public Health from UMass Lowell are helping to fill the 250,000 needed public health worker positions estimated to be available by 2020. Graduates are entering important jobs with good pay; the average salary for a Public Health job is $63,420, according to 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
With a degree in Public Health, graduates can pursue careers in some of the following fields:
- Biostatistics and informatics
- Community health
- Global health
- Health care administration
- Health policy and management
- Health promotion and communication
Some students go on to earn graduate degrees, attend nursing programs, become occupational therapists and even finish medical school.
Qualified UMass Lowell undergraduate students can apply for admission to one of four accelerated Master’s degrees offered by UMass Lowell’s College of Health Sciences.
Two Paths to Choose
Students can choose from two different degree options while they pursue a B.S. in Public Health at UMass Lowell.
- Community Health/Health Promotion
This degree option prepares students for careers as community health educators in hospitals, community health centers, long-term care facilities and corporate wellness. Students will learn how to communicate and teach health and wellness while participating in service learning and practical community-based experiences.
- Health Sciences
This degree option allows students to focus more on the science versus the communication aspect of the Public Health degree. Students, with the help of an academic advisor, may tailor their courses to focus on their area of interest in the public health framework. Many students who choose this focus go on to pursue professional medical degrees.
Find Your Higher Purpose at UMass Lowell
Public health officials improve the lives of individuals and communities daily. Learn more about UMass Lowell’s Public Health B.S. degree here to see if this program can put you on a career path to make a positive difference in the world.