Public Health

Public Health focuses on the prevention of disease; it aims to promote and protect the health 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. Come be part of this exciting and rapidly expanding field and have a positive influence on your world! The U of L offers the only undergraduate degree in public health in Alberta. Completion of the program will earn you a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.

 

For information about our Public Health program at the Calgary Campus, please visit:

Public Health at Calgary Campus

 

Students 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.Practicum Information

Lethbridge Campus

  • June 1 (September start)

Calgary Campus (post-diploma and second degree only)

  • August 1 (September start)
  • December 1 (January start)

To apply for the Public Health major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, Alberta applicants must have:

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  • One additional 30-level course*

*See the full list of approved Canadian high school courses here.

Note: Since the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of places available, fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirement

In addition to the English Language Proficiency requirement for regular University of Lethbridge undergraduate admission, applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must also meet a Spoken English Language Proficiency (SELP) requirement. More information on the SELP can be found here.

The Faculty of Health Sciences demonstrates its commitment to Aboriginal peoples and communities by offering admission to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit applicants. This is to ensure that we are:

  • following the University of Lethbridge’s fundamental principles and key strategic priorities to ensure that our programs meet the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities
  • addressing Call to Action #7 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to eliminate educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians

Applicants who have declared their Aboriginal ancestry at the time of application may be considered by criteria designed to help address the traditional underrepresentation of Aboriginal people in health professions. For more information, contact an Academic Advisor.

The Program Planning Guide lists all required courses in the program and provides students with more information on the exciting major in Public Health. 

The Health Sciences and Management combined degrees program is one of very few degree programs in Canada to blend public health and management, and the only one to offer the degree at an undergraduate level. The program combines public health theory and practice with organizational behavior, informational technology, accounting, marketing, management policy, and human resources management.

Graduates of the program will have the practical managerial skills and the theoretical public health knowledge needed for employment in a wide range of non-clinical public health roles in a variety of settings and agencies.

Campus
Combined degrees are only available at the Lethbridge campus.

Health Sciences Majors
The major in Health Sciences is Public Health.

Management Majors
The major in management is General Management or Human Resource Management and Labour Relations. Students who choose to complete a Management major other than General Management or Human Resource Management and Labour Relations may be required to extend their program beyond 50 courses.

Consult the Program Planning Guide for a list of the required courses .

The Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health major, Health Leadership minor) launched at the University of Lethbridge Fall 2016.

This two-year program provides students with the education and skills to succeed in the workplace and advance their career opportunities. This program is ideal for students who wish to build on their existing diploma education and pursue front-line management positions. Note: This program cannot be completed fully online; however several courses are offered exclusively online. 

Graduates of the program will gain skills in health research, program planning, and leadership, and have an interdisciplinary understanding of health at the individual, organizational, and societal levels.

University of Lethbridge Calgary Campus is in downtown Calgary. Classrooms are located in Bow Valley College North Building (332 - 6 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB) and our administrative office space is located in Bow Valley College South Building (Suite S6032, 345 - 6 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB).

Click here to view the required courses.

International Applicants: Please be advised that due to the blended nature of this program, graduates may not be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit after completing this program depending on the proportion of courses delivered online. The number of courses offered via online delivery may vary and exceed 50% of the program for some students. Prospective international students interested in this program are advised to contact the International Centre before submitting an application to this program.

Applicants to the Public Health major who have previously completed a degree will have the opportunity to complete an individualized 20-course program in just two years. This option is available for students at the Lethbridge campus or Calgary campus.

The individualized program may include some or all of the following courses:

  • Public Health 1000 - Introduction to Public Health
  • Public Health 2000 - Population Health
  • Public Health 2100 - Policy and Health
  • Public Health 3000 - Canadian and Global Perspectives
  • Public Health 3420 - Public Health Ethics
  • Public Health 4000 - Advanced Public Health
  • Health Sciences 2003/Biology 2003 - Epidemiology
  • Health Sciences 2310 - Human Nutrition
  • Health Sciences 2400 - Medical Microbiology
  • Health Sciences 2450/History 2450 - Evolution of Health and Illness Care
  • Health Sciences 2700/Sociology 2700 - Health and Society
  • Health Sciences 3002 - Health Promotion
  • Health Sciences 3100 - Managing in Health Care
  • Health Sciences 3260 - Research in the Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences 3450/Psychology 3450 - Applied Statistics for Clinical Practice
  • Health Sciences 3500/Management 3825 - Information in Health Care
  • Health Sciences 3510 - Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Health Sciences 3800 - Teaching and Learning for Health Professions
  • Sociology 1000 - Introduction to Sociology
  • Writing 1000 - Introduction to Academic Writing
     

Prospective students must apply for admission prior to receiving a personalized program plan.

International Applicants: Please be advised that due to the blended nature of this program, graduates may not be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit after completing this program depending on the proportion of courses delivered online. The number of courses offered via online delivery may vary and exceed 50% of the program for some students. Prospective international students interested in this program are advised to contact the International Centre before submitting an application to this program.

Contact the academic advisor at health.sciences@uleth.ca for more details.

A career in public health can include designing and implementing programs that promote health, collecting and analyzing health data, and shaping policy. Graduates in public health often work for governments, private-sector and non-profit organizations. Career opportunities focus in areas such as: 

• Aboriginal/Immigrant Health    
• Epidemiology & Biostatistics
• Environmental Health
• Health Policy
• Health Promotion
• Health Services Administration
• Infectious Disease Control
• Global Health
• Program Management & Evaluation
• Wellbeing/Healthy Eating