List of Universities offering Bsc Public Health in Nigeria.State Universities that offer Public Health in Nigeria. Private universities offering Public Health in Nigeria.

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The modern and technology era has given rise to a lot of disciplines to help facilitate global health development. One of such disciplines is Public Health. Until now, courses like Microbiology, Science Laboratory Technology, Biochemistry amongst others were the only recognized health allied sciences in Nigeria. However, thanks to Science and Technology, Public Health has evolved and is now a recognized and accredited course programme in tertiary institutions throughout Nigeria.

List of Universities offering Bsc Public Health in Nigeria (State, Federal and Private)
Graduates of BSc public health , ABSU

Before proceeding any further;

If you’re a science student seeking admission to study a notable heath-related course in any of the tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Then this article is for you. This article aims to provide you a general overview of what Public Health is, career opportunities available for a Public Health graduate, requirements to study Public Health in Nigeria, and a list of Universities that offer Bsc Public Health in Nigeria.

That said, let’s get to know what Public Health is all about.

What is Public Health all about?

Basically, Public Health is a discipline that majorly concerns improving the health outcomes of individuals, groups, communities and populations. It’s all about protecting health, preventing diseases and promoting health through the implementation of appropriate scientifically and socially acceptable technologies, methods and solutions. These methods and solutions can include health research, health education, awareness and dissemination of information on sensitive issues and interest, vaccination, as well as support and collaborations from different sectors, industries and more.

Professionals in this field are referred to as Public Health Practitioners. They are essential component of any healthcare sector work force. They can work in Research Institutes, Administrative and Policy making bodies, Government and Non-governmental Organizations within and outside Nigeria and more. The different areas of specialization in Public Health include: Health Administration, Health Services Management, Health Sociology, Public Health Nursing, Public Health Research, Epidemiology, Community and Environmental Health, Public Health Laboratory Technology, Public Health Nutritions and Dietetics, Biostatistics, Data Collection and Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation amongst others.

Public Health is an interdisciplinary field that requires other disciplines, skills and knowledge to function effectively. Courses/Contents taught under this field in Universities include Demography, Occupational Health, Mental Health, Health Communication and Informatics, Health Sociology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Control and Informatics, International Health, Child, Adolescent and Family Health including Reproductive Health, Health Education and Promotion, Research Methods, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Alternative, Complementary and Traditional Medicine and more.

Now that you know what Public Health entail. Let’s get to know what is required by Universities for you to gain admission to study Public Health.

What are the Requirements to study Public Health in Nigeria?

The following are requirements needed to study Public Health in Nigeria. Having these requirements can guarantee your eligibility and increase your chances of gaining admission. They include O’Level, Jamb and Direct Entry subject combinations and cut off mark.


Prospective students/Candidates must have at least 5 credit passes in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, and 3 other health-related relevant subjects with majors being Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in not more than two sittings.

For those seeking admission into 200L through Direct entry:

It is required for National Diploma (ND) or Higher National Diploma (HND) candidates to have not less than an upper credit in a related course of study.

While for candidates with a National Certificate of Education (NCE) degree, it is required they have a merit pass level or Grade B in a related course of study.

Related courses include: Physical/Health Education, Home Economics, Environmental Health, Food Science and Technology, Science Lab Technology, Science Education, Nutrition, Community Health.

JAMB/UTME Requirements:

The average cut off mark to study Public Health in any school in Nigeria is 200. However, each university can decide their pass mark as they deem fit to accommodate the number of students needed. Schools like FUTO, and Madonna University peg their cut off mark from 230 and above. Therefore, to increase your chances of getting admitted, it’s best you do not limit yourself to scoring just 200 , but raise your bar to a score of 250 at least.

JAMB subjects combination for aspiring Public Health students include: English language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

List of Universities offering Bsc Public Health in Nigeria (State, Federal and Private)

There are not many Universities that offer Public Health as a course programme at Undergraduate level in Nigeria. However, a compilation has been made to aid your selection and choice. It is important for you to know that the Public Health institutions stated below have been accredited by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to award Bsc Public Health to their graduates, and as such distinctive.

Below is a table containing Universities offering Public Health in Nigeria and the various faculties/schools)colleges they fall under.

1. Abia State University, Uturut

Faculty/School/College: College of Medical and Health Sciences

Period of Study = 4 years

2. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State (one of the private universities offering BSc in public or community health)

Faculty/School/College: School of Public and Allied Health

Period of Study: 4 years

3. Bauchi State University, Gadau, Bauchi State (one of the state universities in Nigeria offering Bsc Public Health

Faculty/School/College: Faculty of Basic Medical Science

Period of study: 4 years

4. Federal University Of Technology, Owerri,

Faculty/School/College: School of Health Technology

Period of study: 5 years

5. Kwara State University, Makete, Ilorin

Faculty/School/College:Faculty of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences

Period of study: 4 years

6. Madonna University, Elele, Rivers State

Faculty of Health Sciences

Period of study: 4 years

7. National Open University of Nigeria

Faculty/School/College: Faculty of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences

Period of study: 4 years

8. Novena University, Ogume, Delta State

College of Medical and Health Sciences

Period of study; 4 years

9. Osun State University, Osogbo

Faculty/School/College: Faculty/School/College: College of Health Sciences

Period of study: 4 years

10. University Of Calabar, Calabar

Faculty/School/College: Faculty of Allied and Medical Sciences

Period of study: 4 years


Public Health is a notable discipline recognized globally, including here in Nigeria. This course programme has been accredited in various Universities across Nigeria. I believe with this list, you wouldn’t have a hard time making your choice of institution.

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