Is Public Health at UI Right for You?

As we’re heading closer to the May 1 deadline to accept admission, you might be wondering, “Is Public Health at UI right for me?”

We know it’s a tough decision to make and we’re here to help! E Mail us at  if you have questions about studying public health or about the College of Public Health in general!

Public Health students are people who are interested in health and social justice. They are interested in how they can make a difference in the health of many people all at once. They are big-thinkers with the ability to see where our systems are working and where they are broken and how they can have an impact on our world. Does this sound like you? Public health is about making a difference, be part of it!

Are you joining us Fall 2018?

If you will be a new first year public health major in Fall 2018, you are eligible to join our Public Health Living Learning Community, which will be in Catlett Hall!

For more information or to apply for the Public Health LLC, go here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Why Iowa? Access to world-renowned public health experts

Why do I love being a part of the University of Iowa College of Public Health? One of the reasons is regular access to public health experts. In October, the UI College of Public Health welcomed Dr. Camara Jones – our college’s 2017 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award Recipient. Dr. Jones’s inspiring lecture titled, “Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism,” can be viewed online here. Dr. Jones seeks to bring critical attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).

So you got into the College of Public Health… Now What?

So you got into the College of Public Health… Now What? What does that mean?

We’ve put together some frequently asked questions for those of you who have been admitted into the College of Public Health.  If you don’t find your answer, feel free to contact us and we’re happy to answer all your questions!

What does it mean that you were accepted to the College of Public Health?

The College of Public Health is part of the University of Iowa, just like the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Business, or the College of Education. You are a normal University of Iowa student, you will just be majoring in Public Health, which is housed in the College of Public Health, as opposed to any of the other colleges on campus.

Can I do public health and Pre-Med?

Yes! Talk to your advisor about declaring pre-med with your public health major.

Can I still take classes in the College of Liberal Arts and Scieces?

Yes! You can still take any class you want in CLAS, as long as you satisfy the requiremtns for that course. Being in the College of Public Health doesn’t stop you from taking courses in other colleges.

Do I have General Education Requirements in the College of Public Health?

Yes! You will have to take general education courses just like you do in other colleges. Please go here for a list of the general education requirements for the College of Public Health.

I am Public Health Interest. What does that mean?

It means you are a student of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and you will come into the College of Public Health later through our Standard Admissions Process. Email us with questions on this!

Sally and Ken Mason Travel Grants — Online Applications Due By 11/3/17

Thanks to the generosity of Sally and Ken Mason, funds are again available this fiscal year for undergraduate, graduate and professional students to apply towards travel to academic and professional meetings and conferences, and travel associated with study abroad programs. Please use your collegiate communication channels to identify potential applicants and encourage them to apply.

Applications must be completed online at and applications are due by November 3, 2017. Students can request up to $500 per application, but no more than one $500 award will be made to any individual student. Travel dates must take place after December 3, 2017, but no later than May 11, 2018. Awards will be granted by approximately December 4th. Questions can be directed to me at

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students made possible by the Masons.

Public Health Interest Information Sessions

This Fall, the College of Public Health is doing several info sessions for students who are interested in joining the
major. You will have a chance to meet with an advisor or an admissions advisor to get all your questions about
joining the major answered.

They will be held the following dates and times:

Monday, Oct. 2nd, 5:00pm-6:00pm in N170 CPHB (Student Services Suite)
Friday, Oct. 20th, 1:00pm-2:00pm in N170 CPHB (Student Services Suite)
Thursday, Nov. 9th, 3:30pm-4:30pm in N170 CPHB (Student Services Suite)

Questions? Contact Katie McCullough

CPH Undergraduate Program Continues to Grow

Dr. Maggie Chorazy, Undergraduate Program Director, comments on the growth of the undergraduate public health major at the University of Iowa, and current students – Mikaela Mikkelsen and Austin Wu – comment on what attracted them to the major. Read the story here.

Top Reasons to get your undergraduate degree in Public Health at UI

There are so many reasons why The University of Iowa is a great place to study public health! We’ve come up with our top 5 right here!

1.) We are ranked in the top 10 publicly funded schools of public health- you will get a world class education here!

2.) As an undergraduate, you will be taught by full-time faculty who are invested in your education and your success

3.) At The University of Iowa, you will begin studying public health your first semester here; there is no waiting to begin your work in your major!

4.) At the University of Iowa, you have the option of doing our Undergrad to Grad program, where you can earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 5 years instead of 6!

5.) You will be taught in brand-new, LEED certified building that has the best views in Iowa City to learn and study!