The Associate of Science in Public Health degree offers introductory courses in sociology, psychology, health, and wellness while looking at the American healthcare system. This online associate degree offers a focus on interpersonal communication, leadership, and motivation to help prepare you for entry-level careers in community healthcare or occupational health and safety settings.

The university also offers a bachelor’s in public health that can either be a logical next step after earning the associate or may be considered instead of the associate. We recommend you speak with an admission representative to discuss the appropriate starting level to meet your educational goals.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Explain how and why they are a part of a global community and how the health of one nation or community affects the planet as a whole.
  • Explain why the profession of public health is dynamic, political, and controversial. To face health issues, a professional must define the public as diverse with many views, beliefs, values and concerns.
  • Possess the training and competence in the use of technologies to deliver health care services to their communities.
  • Choose and use the appropriate policies, educational programs, and incentives to develop and maintain individual and community lifestyles that promote optimal health.
  • Develop a continuum of supportive public health services appropriate for their community.
  • Resolve conflicts over public health and health care issues.
  • Ensure that the findings of current public health research are communicated to their communities in an appropriate manner.
  • Assure communities of the right to receive sufficient information from suppliers of health care technologies, health care providers, and relevant governmental agencies.
  • Explain and assist in the development of a safe community environment.
  • Maintain involvement with their communities to assure appropriate education regarding public health matters.
  • Maintain the utmost ethical standards in their personal and professional conduct.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required22
Elective Requirements8
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
PHIL200Introduction to Ethics3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
COMM285Interpersonal Communications3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
BIOL180Introduction to Biology3
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (22 semester hours)

PBHE111Introduction to Health Care Administration3
PBHE112Health Services Organization3
PBHE209Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
SCIN131Introduction to Chemistry with Lab4
PBHE211Public Health in America3
PBHE215Healthcare: Moral Issues3
SPHE295Foundations of Nutrition3
Total Semester Hours22

Elective Requirements (8 semester hours)

Students must complete 8 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.8
Total Semester Hours8