Lead Faculty: Dr. Brandon M Eggleston
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health features a broad-based foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and an ecological perspective of public health and the role that public health professionals play in preventing disease while maintaining or increasing quality of life. Graduates of the program will possess an understanding of the contributions of core public health disciplines to the nation’s health. At the same time, graduates will also learn how to apply knowledge and skills relating to the interactions and interdependencies of health behavior, the physical and social environment, and public policy to affect health at local, state, national and international levels. The program is designed to prepare entry-level public health professionals to begin careers in a variety of health agencies: governmental health agencies, voluntary health agencies, community based/non-governmental agencies, medical care services, education agencies, and business and industry. Within these practice settings, entry-level public health practitioners address significant health challenges from individual, family, group, organization, neighborhood, community, and societal perspectives. Graduates will apply their competencies to assess needs, plan and implement prevention programs, assess program outcomes, communicate and advocate for public health issues, and participate in the development of public health as a profession. Graduates will also enhance their opportunities for professional growth and job placement through planned field practicum. Upon graduation, entry-level public health practitioners may be eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialists exam (CHES) through the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Community Health (COH) courses in levels 300 and 400 are only offered in two formats: 1) Hybrid 50/50; 2) Online.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below including a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements, 45 quarter units of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 quarter units of which must be completed at the upper-division level.
In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and evaluation.
Preparation for the Major (14 courses; 54 quarter units)
This program is available online.