Public Health | School of Public Health Sciences

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Gain a new perspective on illness and health

Biology isn’t the only thing that determines health… social, cultural, political, and geographical conditions play a pivotal role in individual and population health. In the Public Health program at the University of Waterloo you’ll learn how to improve human health by understanding these determinants and seek innovative ways to prevent diseases from occurring in the first place.

We recognize that the world is constantly changing, and so too should the policies, practices, structures, processes, and tools we use to improve health and health care. With this systems-thinking approach, you’ll be able to tackle some of the world’s toughest health challenges.

*This Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


Public Health is a direct entry Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program available through our co-op or regular system of study. You must choose regular or co-op when you apply.

Opportunities for you to focus your studies:


You also have the option to pursue an accelerated master’s degree within the School: Master of Science, Master of Public Health, Master of Health Informatics, or Master of Health Evaluation.

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What will I get out of the Public Health program?

  • Understanding of how and why social, political, economic, geographic, and biological factors interact to determine health
  • Skills in using policy, advocacy, human engagement, mediation, communication, and community development and mobilization to implement change
  • Ability to fully participate in the process of knowledge exchange, and to retrieve, interpret, and use research as the foundation for action
  • A well-rounded education that will prepare you for a variety of pursuits when you graduate. Some students may go on to graduate and professional programs (e.g., Master of Public Health) while others will go straight into the workforce

Graduate success

With your Bachelor of Public Health, you’ll be well prepared for careers in community health centres, public health departments, social services agencies, non-profit organizations concerned with social justice and social services, and health consulting.

Each year, we re-connect with our graduates one year after their graduation. Here’s what our Public Health grads have been up to one year after their graduation:

40% Professional or graduate programs

59% Starting a career

  • Client Service Representative, Cancer Care Ontario

  • Health Promoter, Brant County Health Unit

  • Learning Specialist, Telus Health

  • Program Coordinator, Central Brampton Family Health Team

  • Solutions Consultant, NexJ Health Inc.

  • Program Coordinator, Canada Health Infoway ACCESS Health Team

1% Other (e.g., travelling, job searching, etc.)

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