Bachelors of Science
in Public Health
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What Can You Do With a BS in Public Health Degree?
The need for public health professionals to provide guidance and expertise to communities has proven to be more critical than ever. As the pandemic surged, clear challenges were presented that required experts with the unique skills vital to address emerging health concerns.
With our Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree, students will gain knowledge related to the interactions and interdependencies of health behavior at local, state, national, and international levels, and will develop the skills needed to protect communities ahead of a health crisis.
The program is designed to help 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. Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) exam through the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing Inc.
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Program Learning Outcomes
- 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 behavioral and non-behavioral variables contributing to morbidity and mortality.
- Describe the contributions of health disparities to morbidity and mortality among specific groups and communities.
- Assess the need for health promotion programs in response to the characteristics of diverse communities of interest using primary and secondary data.
- 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, objectives and standards.
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“The BSPH program that National University provides allowed me to begin my career in the Environmental Health and Safety field. This program gave me the necessary skills to confidently take on my role as an Injury Prevention Specialist. Not only did the courses aid in my success, but the professors in my cohort were always willing to help out and provide knowledgeable feedback whenever faced with questions. The Public Health program provides many different paths to success that allow you to pick and choose which specific field sparks your interest. All in all, the BSPH program gave me the confidence and knowledge to use those competencies and skills gained through the program and apply them to my position. “
–Nick Rodas, Class of 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
Public Health professionals help organizations and entities educate and inform constituents regarding matters of public health in areas such as community health, health administration, strategic planning, epidemiology and planning/preparation/intervention. They serve from a variety of perspectives as leaders, educators, consultants, or analysts in areas such as behavioral health, healthcare/insurance, social work, biostatistics, nursing, and quality improvement.
According to Emsi labor market analytics and economic data1, federal, state, and local governments, managed healthcare/insurance providers, academic research institutions, healthcare systems, and consulting/policy firms are among the top employers of workers with a BS in Public Health. Emsi also confirms some of the top job titles for professionals who have earned this degree include:
- Infection Preventionists
- Health Educators
- Public Health Nurses
- Epidemiologists, Nurse Epidemiologists
- Environmental Health Specialists
- Program Managers, Coordinators
- Community Health Workers
- Research Assistants
- Data, Healthcare Data Analysts
- Public Health Specialists
In today’s active employment market, there are a variety of skills that are in demand for public health professionals including:
- Health Administration
- Health Promotion
- Medical Records (analysis)
- Community Outreach
- Program Development
SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: 2/17/2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.
Yes. At National University, you can complete the bachelor’s in public health program completely online, and gain the skills needed to prepare for various roles in health care or social services. There is no substitute for hands-on, real-world experience, which is also a part of the program
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree provides the knowledge and applicable skills for individuals looking to work on the forefront of health and social issues that impact a community in need. The program allows for real-world experience and working with faculty who are professionals in the field for the most relevant insights.
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