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, you will be prepared for rewarding careers in public health practice or further academic study.


Directly admitted students to the College of Public Health have the opportunity to apply for scholarships available through our college. These would be in addition to any that you are offered through the University of Iowa. Please go to the following links to explore the options that are available for 2018-19:

Student Opportunities

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


Both the BA and the BS degrees will equally prepare you for entry-level positions in the field of public health, thanks to our core strong core of public health courses.

The College of Public Health BA program will provide you with 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. As a BA student, you 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 College of Public Health BS program will provide you with knowledge of the biomedical 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.
The entire University of Iowa has employment rates for graduates 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, making UI a great choice for your undergraduate studies.

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 November 28, 2017.