Public Health

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  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) / Bachelor of Management


  • Lethbridge
  • Calgary


Fall (Fall & Spring at the Calgary Campus only)

Program description

Public health is focused on prevention rather than the treatment of disease. It examines the overall health of a population with the aim of developing strategies to promote and protect health.

Through course work and hands-on experience, the public health major at uLethbridge will provide you with the skills and tools needed to prevent disease/injury and to promote, and protect the health and well-being of Canadians and populations across the globe.

The core of our work in public health is to take steps to prevent chronic and infectious disease before it occurs. Join us to be part of this exciting and rapidly expanding field and have a positive influence on your world!

If you would like to discuss careers and opportunities within public health, we invite you to speak with our academic advisor or an instructor in the public health program. 

Post-Diploma Program
The two-year post-diploma Public Health major with Health Leadership minor provides students who have already completed an approved diploma with the education and skills to succeed in the workplace and advance their career opportunities. 
Combined Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)/Bachelor of Management 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.

Note: Combined degrees are only available at the Lethbridge campus.

Experiential Learning

You may choose to complete a practicum placement, co-operative education studies, applied studies and independent studies to gain experience in public health practice, or an undergraduate (honours) thesis to gain research experience. Local, national and international placement opportunities are available, and you will have the opportunity to be mentored by those who are working or conducting research in the field of public health.


Many of our graduates have found immediate success in the job market because of the practical, hands-on public health experience they have gained in our program.

Possible careers

  • Health promotion specialist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Community connections coordinator
  • Community education specialist
  • Data management coordinator – research projects
  • Nutrition coach
  • Policy analyst (Alberta Health)
  • Program analyst (Ministry of Health)
  • Program consultant (Alberta Health)
  • Public health privacy officer
  • Public health promoter/coordinator
  • Public programs & services coordinator

Admission requirements


​For admission, Canadian high school students in Alberta must have completed five of the following courses with a minimum 65% average across them:

This course
  • English Language Arts 30-1
Three of these courses
  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Art 30 or Art 31
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Choral Music 30, General Music 30, or Instrumental Music 30
  • Dance 35
  • Drama 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  • Mathematics 31
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Five credits in Advanced-level CTS Computer Science (CSE)
  • One or more distinct languages at the 30 level
One additional
  • That has not already been used
  • May be from the list above
  • Must be at the 30 level
  • Must be worth at least five credits (multiple courses worth a total of five or more credits can be used)
  • Cannot be a Special Project


This program also requires

Three of the courses you include must be:

  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2

You must also meet a meet a Spoken English Language Proficiency (SELP) requirement.

​When the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spots in this program, the minimum admission average for your high school courses may need to be higher to be competitive.



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Sample classes

  • PUBH 2000 - Population Health
  • HLSC 2003/BIOL 2003 - Epidemiology
  • HLSC 2310 - Human Nutrition
  • HLSC 3002 - Health Promotion

Additional information

Public Health Travel Award
The Public Health Travel Award is available to select Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) students registered in Public Health 4550 or Public Health 4995. Students must be in academic good standing as measured by the Faculty of Health Sciences and have a confirmed practicum placement or thesis research work located outside of a 500 km commuting distance from Lethbridge. Students cannot receive this award more than once and recipients will be selected by the Faculty of Health Sciences.​

See here for more information about Health Sciences scholarships and awards.