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.

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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.

We also offer several graduate programs to prepare students to design, implement, and evaluate health programs and learn how to analyze and consider the ethical implications of health policies. 


 

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.

Combined degrees are only available at the Lethbridge campus.

The major in Health Sciences is Public Health. 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.

Admission & application information 

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.

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. Click here to view the required courses.

This exciting program is offered on our Calgary Campus with evening and weekend classes, and via traditional delivery on our Lethbridge Campus. Our 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).

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

Post-Diploma B.H.Sc. Admission & application information 

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. Our 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).

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

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See here for more about our Public Health program at the Calgary Campus.