The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Obesity and diabetes prevention, reproductive care, global health, aging, and environmental pollution are among today’s most pressing public health issues. Our public health sciences faculty are experts in these fields and many others — just one reason to earn your bachelor’s in public health sciences at UMass Amherst.

The 68-credit major is among the most comprehensive programs of its kind in New England. As a public health science major, you’ll experience the best of UMass Amherst, including small classes and personalized advising. The program incorporates courses from five core areas within public health: community health education, health policy and management, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

BS in Public Health Sciences major course requirements:

  • One math or statistics course (3 credits)
  • Six public health foundation courses in the natural and socials sciences, which provide theoretical grounding for later course work (18 credits)
  • Eight public health core courses (24 credits)
  • Three public health electives (9 credits)
  • Four focus area courses (12 credits)