Public Health


Your Future in Public Health

Are you interested in protecting and improving health within our society? Are you eager to promote disease prevention not only in your community, but throughout the state or the world? If so, a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Texas is the right choice for you.

Why Public Health?

There is high demand for more public health professionals in the workforce, and this demand has steadily increased over the years. One of the Healthy People 2020 objectives is to increase the number of colleges and universities that offer a major or minor in public health. UNT is one of the leading universities meeting that need by providing exciting opportunities for you in this field.

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

You also can further your education by attending graduate school for advanced degrees in Public Health.

What to expect

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health consists of 120 college credit hours. The degree requires:

  • 42 hours of general academics
  • 39 hours of major courses
  • 9 hours in public health electives
  • 30 hours of free electives

About our department and programs

The Department of Rehabilitation & Health Services (RHS) is an interdisciplinary department that houses:

  • Two bachelorís degrees (Public Health and Rehabilitation Studies)
  • Two masterís degrees (Rehabilitation Counseling and Health Services Administration)
  • Ph.D. in Health Services Research
  • Several minors and certificates

Our faculty are innovative and student-oriented, and provide mentoring, support and interdisciplinary research opportunities. We have 15 dedicated full-time faculty who are ready and willing to help you achieve your goals.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

Detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements is available at our Admissions website.

In your senior year, apply for admission by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. If you live out of stateyou can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog, and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 4,000 students transfer to UNT

Helpful Resources

The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and how to get hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors are available to help you plan your class schedule each semester.