Program Overview

Imagine a world with no child labor regulations, no seatbelt laws, and no anti-pollution policies. Public health researchers, policy-makers, and educators make our lives safer by improving our living conditions, regulating health care and safety, and educating us to make healthy choices. UNE’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health provides a solid foundation in a broad range of public health areas, from chronic disease management and environmental hazard mitigation to childbirth education and epidemiology. Join us in caring about the greater good of humankind, and make a real impact on our society.


The University of New England B.S. in Public Health is a new degree offering. We will file for accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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Why UNE for Public Health

As a comprehensive health sciences university with a wide range of health professions programs, we are able to engage our students with cross-disciplinary study and interprofessional experiences that enrich your education – and your resume.

  • Exceptional research opportunities for undergraduates
  • Service learning and community experience
  • Exciting internships for on-the-job learning
  • Multiple study abroad options
  • Opportunity to pursue an online UNE Master in Public Health (M.P.H.) degree
  • Access to professional conferences and leading experts

What is Public Health?

According to the World Health Organization, public health is defined as "all organized measures to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients."


As a Public Health major at UNE, you will come to understand highly complex health issues that affect communities, and you’ll develop the skills needed to generate solutions. Through service learning and internships, you’ll discover how to work collaboratively to communicate strategies to diverse audiences. Careers in public health include numerous rewarding professions, such as:

  • Governmental Health Program Manager
  • Public Health Educator
  • Nonprofit Public Health Director
  • Hospital Administrator/Infection Control Officer
  • Health Researcher
  • Community Health Program Manager
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Epidemiologist

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Public Health By The Numbers


Expected rate of job growth in the community health field from 2016 to 2026


new community health jobs expected to open in U.S. between 2016 and 2026


The Public Health degree is part of UNE’s School of Nursing and Population Health. Your coursework will expand on five core areas within the public health sphere:

  • Health Policy: Developing laws and regulations to promote and protect health
  • Environmental Health: Assessing how the environment affects health
  • Social and Behavioral Health: Studying how people make health decisions and how to encourage healthier behaviors
  • Epidemiology: Learning how and why diseases are distributed in a population
  • Biostatistics: Analyzing population-level data to identify health trends


Watch: UNE Students in Ghana

Experiential Learning

You’ll draw upon multidisciplinary seminars and engage in problem-based learning as you gain practical experiences and participate in real-life community projects. At UNE, you don’t just study public health — you do public health.

  • Office of Service Learning puts you in the field
  • Required 135-hour experiential learning or research practicum
  • Internships for hands-on learning opportunities
  • Global travel for international experience


Our students work with many different organizations to gain critical real-world experience. Sites include:

  • Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Maine Public Health Association
  • Maine Medical Center Research Institute
  • Maine Area Health Education Center
  • New England Public Health Training Center
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education
  • Public schools
  • Community parks and recreation programs

Cross Cultural Health Immersion

  • Travel to Ghana, Africa and learn how to integrate western health practices with folk medicine.
  • Broaden your worldview and begin the process of becoming a culturally sensitive health professional.
  • Evaluate health education curricula relevant to the population need.
  • Connect with UNE students from other health professions programs.


Alfond Forum

The Harold Alfond Forum, which opened in 2012, includes a 105,000-square-foot athletics complex featuring: an ice hockey rink with 900 seats; a basketball court with 1,200 seats; classroom space; a fitness center; and multi-purpose indoor practice courts that can also be used for performances and other events, with a combined seating capacity of 3,000. It also houses the Athletic Training and Applied Exercise Science programs, which have custom-designed teaching and laboratory spaces.

Take a virtual tour of Alfond Forum

Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center

The Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center has a presence on UNE's Portland and Biddeford campuses. In Portland, it occupies two floors in the Blewett Science Building, adjacent to skills laboratories and classrooms. In Biddeford, it has dedicated space in the Harold Alfond Forum. The center offers three simulation labs with adjoining fully-equipped control rooms, a task training lab, and a debriefing classroom. The center also has dedicated space for staff offices, welcoming visitors, and storage. All of the labs are flexible and fully equipped for audiovisual recording, presentations, and debriefing.

Take a virtual tour of Innovation Hall

Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice

UNE is one of a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission that includes medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing, and an array of allied health profession programs. In UNE’s social work program, you will take part in interprofessional education initiatives that prepare you to work with other aspiring health professionals to practice comprehensive and collaborative team-based care. Through service-learning and field experiences, you benefit from exercises that also include students from other UNE health discipline programs.

WCHP Office of Service Learning

Service-learning initiatives connect students, faculty, and professional staff with opportunities to engage in meaningful and mutually beneficial service activities within a variety of community settings. Service-learning instills for students a lifelong commitment towards helping others, while positively impacting individual, family, and community health outcomes among populations served. Examples of service-learning include working with the homeless population, implementing health fairs, and developing age-appropriate recreational activities at a local Boys and Girls Club.