College of Health and Human Services

Undergraduate Programs

Choosing a college and program of study is among the most important, exciting decisions you will ever make.

Public Health or Health Education would be a wise choice for you if you enjoy health related topics and desire to improve the lives of people. Those of us in the field of community health or Health Education do not make a lot of money, but we surely are blessed with many opportunities to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of others.

The University of Toledo believes that a superior education is founded on five key pillars: a challenging yet caring environment; state-of-the-art facilities; access to the latest technologies; opportunities to learn outside the classroom; and faculty members who take a personal interest in you. Fortunately, if you choose to major in public health or health education, you will enjoy the benefits of an outstanding faculty, one-on-one academic advising, small classes, and many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Plus, by taking advantage of UT's exceptional facilities, such as the Student Recreation Center and Carlson Library, you are likely to make the life-changing discovery that "learning" and "having fun" are not mutually exclusive concepts!

If you are an enthusiastic high achiever and desire additional educational experiences outside the classroom, our professors may allow you to assist them with higher-level tasks that are typically performed by graduate students. For example, talented students may be given the opportunity to assist a professor with his/her research projects, community projects, searching for grants, writing grants, designing survey instruments, administering surveys, or entering and analyzing statistical data. Gaining experience in these areas will put you head and shoulders above those you will be competing with in the job market.

We want you at UT! We want you in Public Health or Health Education! If you want to help make this world a better place, public health or health education may be the career for you.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Joseph Dake

Chair, School of Population Health
Phone: (419) 530-2767



Why Studying Public Health at UT?

The University of Toledo has a strong public health  and health education program with an excellent track record of success. In 2003 and 2008, the program was awarded a full five-year accreditation by the Society for Public Health (SOPHE) and Association for the Advancement of Health Education (AAHE). Students in the Public Health Program at The University of Toledo enjoy an innovative blend of classroom and field experience. Beginning in the freshman year with a class entitled HEAL-2000, Foundations of Health Education, you will begin shadowing a health professional to learn what life is like in the real world of public health. In the sophomore year, you will gain practical experience as well as academic credit via a "mini-internship" with a community agency/organization. In the senior year, you will do a 9 credit hour internship with the agency or organization of your choice. During your senior internship, you will actually perform the role of a community health educator and learn by doing. Learning by doing is the best way to learn! By the time graduation rolls around, you will be well prepared for the real world of public health!

During your public health studies at U.T., you explore critical health issues such as nutrition, substance abuse, human sexuality, health behaviors, environmental health, and disease prevention. The curriculum is well designed, thorough, and very interesting.

There are a number of other advantages to joining the community health education program at The University of Toledo:

  • The quality of teaching provided by our professors is excellent.
  • Our class sizes are small and you receive a lot of individual attention.
  • The members of our faculty will know you by name and care for you as a person.
  • You will receive individualized attention from your academic advisor in the College.
  • You will be assigned a faculty member who will serve as your academic/career advisor.
  • You can join Eta Sigma Gamma (National Health Education Honorary UT chapter) and participate in many campus and community service projects.
Last Updated: 12/18/17