Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Learn how to build healthy communities with a degree in public health.
The demand for public health professionals in the workforce has steadily increased over the years. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares professionals to identify, prevent and solve health problems at community, local, national and global levels. Public Health prepares students with the knowledge and skills to promote health. It draws on principles from the social, behavioral and health sciences. UNT is one of the leading universities meeting the growing need for public health professionals by providing exciting opportunities for you in this field.

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Why Earn a Public health Degree?

The Public Health degree program focuses on preventing and mitigating disease outbreaks and confronting systemic health challenges that affect communities. This program prepares professionals to identify, prevent and solve health problems at various levels. It also prepares students with the knowledge and skills to optimize health outcomes.

Our degree program is well suited for students invested in building healthy communities here in the DFW area, nationally and globally. We are situated in an academic department which promotes interdisciplinary solutions to health issues that affect diverse communities across the lifespan.

Due to the broad, generalist focus of this program, upon completion individuals may pursue careers within various public hospitals, health departments, health insurance companies, as well as nonprofits in the public health care industry. They can also continue with graduate school education for advanced degrees in Public Health.

Marketable Skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of public health
  • Provision of health education
  • Community-oriented problem solving
  • Oral and written communication
  • Public health challenge analysis

Public Health Degree Highlights

We have nationally recognized and dedicated full-time faculty who are well-equipped to help you achieve your goals.
Graduates of our program may choose from a wide variety of specializations enabling them to succeed in many different roles in health care.
The HPS Undergraduate Advising Office assists students throughout degree planning.
The Public Health degree program prepares professionals to promote health by identifying, preventing and solving health problems at community, local, national and global levels.
RHS students are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the College of Health and Public Service and the Department of Rehabilitation & Health Services.
Our faculty are innovative and student-oriented, and provide mentoring, support and interdisciplinary research opportunities.

What Can You do With a Public Health Degree?

Public Health coursework incorporates several subject areas such as social, behavioral and health sciences with a specific focus on health promotion. Upon graduating and entering the workforce, you have a variety of professional options within public and private sector organizations to choose from:

  • Community, state and worldwide think tanks
  • Foundations
  • Government agencies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Hospitals

Public Health Degree Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Public Health (3 hrs)
This course will introduce students to the history of public health, key public health concepts and theories, and the interdisciplinary links between public health and other fields. Students will also learn about both domestic and global public health programs.
Social Justice and Behavioral Foundations in Public Health (3hrs)
Exposes students to social justice challenges associated with race, ethnicity, social class, gender, migration status, and culture; all of which ultimately affect human health and create health disparities. Students are introduced to the concept of health equity and a broad overview of health disparities.
Environmental Health (3 hrs)
Introductory course to environmental health for public health practice. Discusses environmental factors that affect the health of all living organisms. Covers topics such as the role of the environment in risk of disease, environmental disease agents, environmental epidemiology, environmental toxicology, environmental justice, etc.
Public Health and Health Policy (3 hrs)
Introduces students to a range of health policy issues as they relate to public health. Students learn social, ideological, economic and political forces that affect health policy-making process. They also learn the health care systems in different settings and the key players in health policy making.
Ethics in Science (3 hrs)
Survey of the philosophical relationships between ethics (including political and cultural values) and science (as a practice and form of inquiry). Topics include research ethics, experimentation on animals, biotechnology, information technology, gender in science, religion and science, and science policy.
Epidemiological Concepts and Methods for Public Health (3 hrs)
Objective is to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of epidemiology as related to public health issues and challenges. Enables students to learn and understand concepts frequently used in epidemiology.

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