Public Health Bachelor's Degree

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Public Health major features four different tracks, all of which offer experiential learning and field experiences. The goal of a career in public health is to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote health through organized efforts and informed choices by communities, organizations, and individuals. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program prepares students to meet the growing demand for public health professionals.

IUP's Public Health program incorporates a solid grounding in social, natural, and health sciences, as well as mathematics and humanities. Courses are taught by professors from numerous academic departments to provide an interdisciplinary education.

Student working on a laptop in a classroom

Data analysis is a key skill for public health professionals.

Public Health Curriculum

Whether you want to understand and prevent diseases, evaluate occupational hazards, examine mental health issues, or improve health across populations, IUP has a concentration for you. Public health majors can choose to specialize in any of our four tracks:

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Global and Rural Communities

In this program, students study the science of human health and the epidemiology of infectious and chronic diseases. They also examine national and global health care systems, access to health care, and the ethics of disparities in health care delivery. Classes include statistics, community health, epidemiology, environmental health, global health, health policy, health promotion, social and behavioral health, and more.

Safety Sciences classroom

Students learning about occupational health in a safety sciences class. As a public health major, you'll take classes in a variety of disciplines.

Careers in Public Health

According to the World Health Organization, "globally24 percent of the burden of disease and 23 percent of all deaths can be attributed to environmental factors." Reduction of environmental and social risk factors could prevent nearly a quarter of the global burden of disease. IUP graduates are prepared to address these risk factors and make a difference in the lives of individuals across Pennsylvania, the nation, and the globe.

National and regional studies indicate a strong demand for trained public health professionals. Professional jobs related to public healthepidemiologists, environmental scientists and protection technicians, health educators, and medical social workersare projected to increase from 2019 to 2024 by at least 13 percent. Graduates with a degree in public health are prepared to enter the field immediately after graduation or go on to a master's degree program such as Health Services Administration.

Sultan Magruder and Professor Jay Mills discussing a psychology research project

Working closely with your professors is an IUP tradition.

Explore our Public Health program!

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's public health major allows students to customize their education and learn the skills necessary for a career in research, medical practice, education, and more. Interested in learning about IUP's Public Health program? View the Four-Year Public Health Curriculum Map , request information today, or contact our director at

For current Public Health students


It's National Public Health Week!

Learn more about how IUP is celebrating National Public Health Week. Hear from influential public health professionals and connect across social media.

Get Ready for National Public Health Week

IUP’s Bachelor of Science Program in Public Health will host social distancing activities—online and via social media—as part of National Public Health Week, Monday, April 6, through Sunday, April 12, 2020.