Population Health, BS

College of Population Health

Program Description:

UNM’s newest major represents a liaison between the study of health care systems, finance and health policy and health law with an emphasis on prevention and wellness in communities.

Population health is the essence of trans-disciplinary science - not solely the combination of multiple disciplines, but rather a new science focused on answering complex questions about the sources of health and the causes of illness and disability. 

The discipline:

  • Focuses on health improvement within populations.
  • Produces integrated knowledge and action regarding the societal, behavioral, biological and organizational system causes of health and disease. It also examines what creates health risks and what policies, health systems and public health practices are effective in curbing those risks.
  • Requires innovations in approaches to reducing disparities and improving population health.
  • Requires technological solutions to grass roots problems.
  • Will find practitioners and scientists from different backgrounds to come together and transcend the limits of their knowledge and expertise to create this new discipline.

Graduates will develop skills to promote the health of populations in a variety of domains that comprise the continuum from wellness to health care, from health systems to community systems, from health policy to community policies, and from economic theory to economic practices. They will find jobs in varied fields, including:

  • Business
  • Informatics
  • Engineering
  • Architecture and planning
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Community advocacy
  • Political organizations
  • Policy analysis and evaluation
  • Community Advocacy
  • Disaster preparedness

Admission Requirements:

All students seeking acceptance to the College of Population Health must meet requirements for admission to the University. See the Admissions section of the UNM Catalog for information on University admission requirements.

The College of Population Health follows a rolling admissions deadline and applications are reviewed at the time of submission.Applications are accepted through the College of Population Health Web site.

All students applying to the B.S. in Population Health are required to complete PH 101 Introduction to Population Health and PH 102 Global Health Challenges and Responses; or students must have completed either PH 101 or PH 102 with a grade of "B" or better, and be currently enrolled in the other course. Acceptance is contingent upon maintaining a "B" average between the two courses.


Contact Information:

R. Scott Olds, HSD, MS, MLIS: Visiting Professor
(505) 272-9363
ROlds@salud.unm.edu