Why Study Public Health at Iowa?

The College of Public Health at the University of Iowa is the state’s only accredited school of public health and is ranked among the top 10 publicly supported schools of public health in the nation. With an extensive network of community partners who support students’ experiential learning and a track record of offering high-quality education, students are prepared for rewarding careers in public health practice or further academic study.

Scholarships

The Iowa Scholarship Portal and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for UI students seeking scholarships. The following scholarship opportunities are available for incoming first-year students majoring in public health. Visit the Iowa Scholarship Portal for more information about how to apply for these competitive scholarships.

The College of Public Health Dean’s Scholars is a scholarship program for new incoming first-year students majoring in public health with at least a 30 ACT and 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The College of Public Health provides four years of scholarship support ($5000 annually) to this select group of students. Through the Iowa Institute for Public Health Research and Policy, Dean’s Scholars are invited to participate in professional and social activities that will enhance their public health experience by providing opportunities to attend conferences and seminars and meet with nationally known public health experts.

The College of Public Health Diversity Scholarship is a diversity outreach scholarship for new incoming first-year students directly admitted to the public health major who are US citizens or permanent residents. In addition, one or more of the following criteria must be met: race/ethnic background, socioeconomic factors (based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid filed after January 1), and/or first-generation college student. The College of Public Health provides four years of scholarship support ($2000 annually) to a select group of students.

The College of Public Health Undergraduate Scholarship is for new incoming first-year students directly admitted to the public health major with a demonstrated financial need. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted in order to be considered for this scholarship. The College of Public Health provides four years of scholarship support ($2000 annually) to a select group of students.

Student Opportunities

In addition to nearly 500 Student Organizations, UI students choose from multiple Living-Learning Communities, Study Abroad Programs, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Careers

University of Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

The BA program will provide knowledge of the community and behavioral aspects of public health for students interested in working in health education; health communication; public health program development; or public health policy in local, federal, or international governmental or non-governmental agencies. BA students also will be prepared for advanced education in the social sciences, communication studies, social and community health, health policy and management, and other fields.

The BS program will provide knowledge of the natural sciences and mathematics for students who are interested in working in a research setting or preparing for advanced study in programs such as biostatistics, dentistry, environmental health, epidemiology, medicine, nursing, occupational health, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources

The College of Public Health faculty is highly productive and has expertise in all disciplines of public health. Our faculty collaborates extensively with campus colleagues and with community partners to provide innovative education, research, and public health practice programs.

The College of Public Health Building is a state-of-the-art LEED certified facility that reflects the college’s commitment to sustainability. Centrally located on the university’s health sciences campus, the building houses auditoriums, classrooms, and student commons, as well as the college’s core administrative, departmental, and faculty offices.


Questions or comments? Contact Katie McCullough. This page was last reviewed on August 4, 2016.