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Urban Public Health

Welcome to the Department of Urban Public Health

Are you interested in being part of the solution of the public health challenges today and tomorrow? With a unique focus on urban populations and the social determinants of health and health disparities, the Urban Public Health Department aligns with the mission of UMass Boston and MCNHS vision, “to improve the health of diverse urban populations through the integration of teaching, targeted research, service, practice and health policy in partnership with others.”

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Academic Programs

About the Department

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development projects thousands of new positions per year will emerge in public health and related fields in the coming years. The BS degree in Urban Public Health prepares students for graduate education and for careers in state and local health departments, non-governmental organizations, health care organizations, the private sector, and federal agencies under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Many students with a BS in Urban Public Health decide to pursue graduate education to become leaders in public health agencies and health care organizations.

The Urban Public Health Program mission is to create an inclusive, student-centered learning environment that fosters creativity and innovation in research, scholarship, education, and service to promote health equity in urban populations, preparing public health professionals to work in multidisciplinary urban public health environments. 

The BS program in Urban Public Health will be a leader in educating students to be innovative thinkers, strategizing to find public health solutions to the enduring problems of health inequity in diverse urban populations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.

Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Innovation, Urban Commitment, Community Partnerships

DEI Statement 
The Public Health program at UMass Boston is committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in all our endeavors. We foster an inclusive community and celebrate our diverse identities: cultural, socio-economic, linguistic, racial, ethnic, religious, political, sexual and gender identity and orientation. We are committed to purposeful learning among diverse minds using student-centered approaches to education.


Contact Us

Department of Urban Public Health
Wheatley Hall, 3-120
Phone: 617.287.7500
Fax: 617.287.7527
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