What is Public Health?
Public health is focused on prevention rather than the treatment of disease; it aims to promote and protect the health and well-being of Canadians and populations across the globe.
Public Health at the University of Lethbridge
The U of L offers the only undergraduate degree in public health in Alberta. Successful completion of the four-year program will earn you a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.
You may choose to complete a practicum, co-op, or applied studies course to gain valuable experience in local, national or international public health practice. Many of our graduates have found immediate success in the job market because of the practical experience they have gained in our program.
Combined Degree Option
The Faculties of Health Sciences and Management now offer a five-year, 50-course combined degrees program that results in a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in Public Health, and a Bachelor of Management with a major of General Management or Human Resources Management and Labour Relations. This program is designed to provide you with the skills and training needed to excel in the many public health positions that require expertise in management, human resources, and labour relations in our current workforce.
Public Health Career Paths
A career in public health can include designing and implementing programs that promote health, collecting and analyzing health data, and shaping policy at local, national or international levels. Graduates in public health often work for governments, private-sector and non-profit organizations. Career opportunities focus in areas such as:
|• Aboriginal and Immigrant Health |
• Epidemiology and Biostatistics
• Environmental Health
• Health Policy
• Health Promotion
|• Health Services Administration|
• Infectious Disease Control
• Global Health
• Program Management and Evaluation
• Wellbeing/Healthy Eating
We can take steps to prevent chronic and infectious disease before it occurs. This is the core of our work in public health. Come be part of this exciting and rapidly expanding field and have a positive influence on your world.
Scholarships and Awards
Students admitted to the Public Health major may be eligible for the following scholarships and awards:
• Faculty of Health Science Entrance and Relocation Scholarship ($1,000 - $2,000)
• Public Health Travel Award ($1,000)
For more information on these and other scholarships please visit Student Awards – Scholarships and Bursaries section of the University of Lethbridge Calendar.