Public health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research of disease and injury prevention. It's everything from leading a healthier lifestyle to ensuring safe drinking water. Public Health professionals create a safer world, both today and for future generations.

Public Health Programs

Public Health Early Admissions Student Track (PHEAST)

PHEAST is a partnership with UNMC's College of Public Health that provides eligible students an opportunity to receive a 100% tuition reimbursement during their junior and senior years of college.

The purpose of the program is to create a pipeline and cadre of public health professionals who will practice in Nebraska. This is open to Nebraska residents in their sophomore or junior year of college.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Nebraska residents who will have completed approximately 60-80 credit hours* towards their undergraduate degree can apply to PHEAST.

The PHEAST application cycle runs from January 15th through March 15th, with interviews held in April. Acceptance notifications are sent by April 30th. The application must be submitted alongside a projected program of study.

View the PHEAST Application

For more information about PHEAST, contact Dr Todd Bartee. Phone: 308-865-8260. Email:

*If the 3 campus slots are not filled, students who have completed more than 80 credit hours at time of entry into PHEAST may be considered on a case-by-case basis for admission into the program.

Read: PHEAST Students visit College of Public Health

Public Health Early Admissions Student Track (PHEAST) undergraduate students and a student interested in public health visited UNMC’s College of Public Health on Oct. 2 to learn more about public health. Read More...

Bailey Reigle

“It’s a really special program because you get to know professors and students who are at UNMC while you’re still an undergrad. Having these connections before moving to Omaha made the transition a little less scary. I also appreciated able to take a UNMC course as an undergrad to help get me prepared for the course load at the graduate level.”

Bailey Reigle

Family science major with minors in public health and health care management