BS/BA in Public Health

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) offers two undergraduate degree options: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) for students focused on public health practice and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (BAPH) for liberal studies.

A degree in public health provides students with the skills they need to improve the health of populations and communities, as well as alleviate suffering caused by disease, injuries and health disparities. Public Health majors learn how to inquire, challenge and explore options that promote the health and well-being of the community.

Residence Life

Public health students are encouraged to consider living in the Health Sciences Living Learning Community (LLC). This community brings together students majoring in Public Health, Nursing and Dental Hygiene. The Health Sciences LLC resides in Community Park and accommodates up to 50 students, with 16 spaces reserved for students majoring in public health.

Why is the Health Sciences LLC recommended for public health students? Because it fosters student learning and success. Participants receive prescheduled, blocked courses with other students within the public health major, extra-curricular public health specific programming, collaborative philanthropic and social opportunities with Health Science LLC majors, and mentor opportunities. 

To gain entrance into our LLC, you must submit your housing application and fee. The priority deadline to apply for housing is February 1. More information is available through Campus Housing website. If you have additional questions, reach out to Jenna El-Masri at

What can I do with a degree in public health?

A BS or BA in Public Health prepares students for positions in specific sectors of public health, health services, and public policy, with career opportunities in health education, health care administration, health research, environmental health, and more. Examples of job settings could include colleges and universities, federal and state health agencies, and community and international organizations. Both degrees prepare students for advanced degrees in public health, law, and clinical health professions (ie: PA, PT, Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry).

For more insights on opportunities in public health, students can review resources such as the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health and “What Can I Do with This Major?” .


The School of Public Health and Information Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). For more information, see the school’s accreditation webpage.

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