Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Available Online

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) 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 this community health education 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 public health online courses are 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe behavioral and non-behavioral variables contributing to morbidity and mortality.
  • Explain the core principles of public health and their relationship to the health status of groups, communities, and populations at the local, state, national, and international levels.
  • Describe the contributions of health disparities to morbidity and mortality among specific groups, communities, and societies.
  • Assess the need for health promotion programs in response to the characteristics of diverse communities of interest using primary and secondary data.
  • Employ a variety of strategies to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings to meet stated goals, objectives and established standards.
  • Choose appropriate strategies and tactics to influence behavioral, environmental, and public policy change to address the health needs in a given community.
  • Evaluate the progress and outcomes of prevention programs in meeting stated goals and objectives and established standards.
  • Design a plan for lifelong learning incorporating high professional and ethical standards, leadership, and cultural competencies and their evolving role in society.


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)
Satisfactory completion of all courses in "Preparation for the Major" is needed prior to enrolling in "Requirements for the Major".
Core Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Satisfactory completion of all courses in "Core Requirements" is needed prior to enrolling in "Requirements for the Major".
Requirements for the Major (11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)
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