Department of
Human Health Science

McMurry University
Abilene, Texas 79697-0368


Public health and wellness professionals work in research environments, traditional healthcare settings, with government organizations and within local communities.

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What Sets Us Apart

Our department structure, curriculum and program features are designed to elevate and optimize your journey of learning in the field of human health science:

  • Small class sizes. At McMurry, freshman and sophomore classes generally have fewer than 40 students, and junior and senior classes have fewer than 20. You will know your professors and by name, and we will know and support your educational and career aspirations.
  • Bright and engaged faculty.  Our faculty are selected for their commitment to teaching and student success, their accomplishment and passion in the field, and for their fit with the department and our students.
  • Professor-taught courses. Unlike many large institutions, McMurry’s Human Health Science courses and labs are taught by professors rather than graduate students. This ensures consistent, high-quality instruction and strengthens the student-faculty relationships for a win-win all around.
  • On-going program enhancement.  We listen to our students to determine “what works” and engage with alumni, professional organizations and other expert associates to determine “what’s needed.” The result is preparation for human health careers based on relevant knowledge, useful skills, supportive relationships, and an expectation – and track record – of successful alumni.

What You Can Earn

Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Wellness

This B.S. degree allows students with an interest in health and wellness, but not specifically in medicine, to tailor the major to their interests. The program is suitable for careers ranging from health policy research and advocacy to program development for government agencies at the local, state or federal level. Students interested in nutrition, fitness and wellness will also find a path to their future with this degree plan.


Wherever a public health challenge exists and an opportunity for wellness abounds, you’ll find public health and wellness specialists working on a solution:

  • Biostatistician
  • Community health specialist
  • Disease prevention specialist
  • Emergency response planner
  • Environmental safety specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health educator
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Public health administrator
  • Public health advocate
  • Public health planner
  • Sustainability expert

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