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. A concentrated focus on health and wellness brings courses in nutrition, exercise and sports psychology, motivation, and performance.

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 general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of public health, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • 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

First Course Requirement3
General Education Requirements38
Core Requirements35
Major Requirements12
Concentration in Health and Wellness15
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements15
Total Semester Hours121

Degree Program Requirements

First Course Requirement (3 semester hours)

COLL100Foundations of Online Learning 13
Total Semester Hours3

Required as the first course in all undergraduate programs.

General Education Requirements (38 semester hours)

English (6 semester hours)
ENGL101Proficiency in Writing (Required)3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
History (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
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
Humanities (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Arabic I
Art Appreciation
Public Speaking
French I
French II
German I
German II
Human Relations Communication
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Literature (3 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
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
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Political Science (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American Government I
International Relations I
Science (8 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:8
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Forestry with Lab
Introduction to Oceanography with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab
Introduction to Human Ecology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Physics I with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH225 - Calculus)
Physics II with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH226 - Calculus II)
Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following6
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Total Semester Hours38

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing.

Core Requirements (35 semester hours)

PBHE112Health Services Organization3
PBHE209Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
PBHE211Public Health in America3
SCIN130Introduction to Biology with Lab4
SCIN131Introduction to Chemistry with Lab4
COLL300Research, Analysis, and Writing3
PBHE315Health Economics and Finance3
PBHE361Moral Issues in Health Care3
POLS410Public Policy3
Total Semester Hours35

Major Requirements (12 semester hours)

Select 4 courses from the following:12
Emergency Planning
Emergency and Disaster Incident Command
Consequence Management
Risk Communications
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
Intelligence and Homeland Security
Introduction to Health Care Administration
Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services
Psychology of Addiction & Substance Abuse
Psychology of Disaster
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Health and Wellness (15 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.

In addition to the institutional, general education, and program level learning objectives, the Concentration in Health and Wellness seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates.


Students who successfully complete this program 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 (15 semester hours)

SPHE295Foundations of Nutrition3
PSYC460Sports Psychology3
SOCI315Food and Culture3
SOCI423Sociology of Health and Illness3
SPHE314Exercise Physiology3
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

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

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all core and major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (15 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill core, 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.