The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree provides a professionally focused understanding of public health in America and abroad including the science, psychology, and sociology associated with public health issues. You will study public law, policy, and administration associated with the administration of public health along with its management, finances, and structure.

This online degree program is intended for professionals seeking advancement in the public health field or who desire to enter the field as a community health worker or educator, dietitian, nutritionist, health services manager, or occupational health and safety technician.

Degree Program Objectives

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

  • Apply organizational design principles to the unique healthcare organization construct.
  • Perform macro- and microeconomic analyses of healthcare production and costs.
  • Critically analyze the healthcare system in the United States.
  • Create a plan for efficient healthcare system management.
  • Develop an ethical system to analyze moral issues in public health services delivery.
  • Discuss epidemiological issues in society.
  • Appraise the U.S. medical care system, its problems, and potential for reform.
  • Analyze international and comparative public health concepts, approaches, and systems.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required37
Select one of the following concentrations:21
General Concentration
Concentration in Emergency and Disaster Management
Concentration in Nutrition and Wellness
Concentration in Public Health Informatics
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements29
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)
PHIL200Introduction to Ethics3
Select 1 course from the following: 13
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Composition and Literature
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
COMM285Interpersonal Communications3
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
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 (37 semester hours)

PBHE111Introduction to Health Care Administration3
PBHE112Health Services Organization3
SCIN131Introduction to Chemistry with Lab4
PBHE209Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
PBHE211Public Health in America3
SPHE295Foundations of Nutrition3
PBHE215Healthcare: Moral Issues3
COLL300Research, Analysis, and Writing3
MGMT312Leadership & Motivation3
PBHE315Health Economics and Finance3
POLS410Public Policy3
Total Semester Hours37

You must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from the General Concentration, Emergency and Disaster Management, Nutrition and Wellness, or Public Health Informatics Concentrations.

General Concentration (21 semester hours)

A general concentration allows you to take courses across a number of areas of study within your program based on your own interests.

Select 7 courses from the following:21
Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Planning
Emergency and Disaster Incident Command
Consequence Management
Risk Communications
Psychology of Disaster
Sports Psychology
Food and Culture
Sociology of Health and Illness
Exercise Physiology
Business Aspects of Fitness and Wellness
Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness
Medical Terminology
Introduction to Health Information Management
Healthcare Delivery Systems and Documentation
Electronics Health Records Fundamentals
Health Informatics Project and Enterprise Management
Informatics and Analytics
Healthcare Data Management and Governance
Total Semester Hours21

Concentration in Emergency Disaster and Management (21 semester hours)

Focuses on the theoretical, historical, and contemporary issues associated with quarantine as a public health and safety measure. Public health consequences of nuclear, biological, and chemical incidents, emergency planning and response measures in place among U.S. agencies, and emerging detection and management technologies will be explored. Psychological and physiological human response to natural and man-made disasters and media management will be discussed.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate theoretical, historical, and contemporary issues associated with quarantine as a public health and safety measure.

  • Analyze specialized issues associated with emergency medical services in mass casualty, biological, chemical and radiological incidents.

  • Define and discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Incident Command System used in crises, disasters, and emergency management response systems.

  • Identify the historical development and use of chemical and biological weapons and their impacts

  • Examine media management during local/national disasters and the levels of governmental response.

  • Examine normal and abnormal physiological and psychological reactions to natural and man-made disasters, and discuss the recovery process and principles of mental health care for victims of mass disasters.

Concentration Requirements (21 semester hours)

EDMG220Emergency Planning3
EDMG230Emergency and Disaster Incident Command3
PBHE413Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services3
EDMG340Consequence Management3
EDMG420Risk Communications3
PSYC431Psychology of Disaster3
Total Semester Hours21

Concentration in Nutrition and Wellness (21 semester hours)

Focuses on nutrition and health, and analyzes human food choices from an ecological, political, and sociological perspective. Looks at the psychological effects of exercise and discusses issues related to personality factors and exercise motivation. Provides instruction on psychological skills training program development, which incorporates theories of anxiety reduction, imagery training, and effective goal setting.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the role of nutrition on individual health.
  • Describe issues related to the personality factors in exercise and the psychological effects of exercise.
  • Discuss challenges related to motivation and the fundamentals of achievement motivation to guide practice and performance.
  • Explain concepts related to social, environmental. and occupational factors in health and illness.
  • Analyze human food choices from an ecological, political, and sociological perspective.

Concentration Requirements (21 semester hours)

SOCI315Food and Culture3
SPHE314Exercise Physiology3
SOCI423Sociology of Health and Illness3
PSYC460Sports Psychology3
SPHE460Business Aspects of Fitness and Wellness3
SPHE461Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness3
Total Semester Hours21

Concentration in Public Health Informatics (21 semester hours)

Focuses on healthcare information management and its historical development, along with theoretical and practical applications of the health care delivery systems. Examines the emerging technology of electronic health records, and offers fundamental knowledge of the concepts of health informatics applications. Presents key skills and techniques that can be applied immediately to the management and governance of healthcare data.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Define and use specialized medical vocabulary and accepted medical abbreviations and symbols needed in health information management.
  • Describe characteristics of health care delivery and settings in the United States.
  • Evaluate the type and content of the health record and interpret health records standards, policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate initial and ongoing training programs for healthcare organizations.
  • Utilize technology for data collection, storage, analysis, interpreting, and reporting of healthcare information.
  • Identify, evaluate, and analyze health information needs across the healthcare continuum.

Concentration Requirements (21 semester hours)

HIMA100Medical Terminology3
HIMA110Introduction to Health Information Management3
HIMA250Healthcare Delivery Systems and Documentation3
HIMA310Electronics Health Records Fundamentals3
HIMA360Health Informatics Project and Enterprise Management3
HIMA410Informatics and Analytics3
HIMA460Healthcare Data Management and Governance3
Total Semester Hours21

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

PBHE498Senior Seminar in Public Health (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (29 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major or concentration requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.