From disaster relief to disease prevention and child wellness programs, public health professionals facilitate the conditions for a healthy, productive, and safe society. Change your world and the world of those around you and create a positive impact on local, national, or international communities with Walden’s online public health degree program.

Our B.S. in Public Health program prepares adult learners to apply public health skills and competencies across a number of public health-related settings in order to improve the health of populations and advance Walden’s mission of social change. Rooted in the principles and competencies of public health, the curriculum prepares students to translate and apply course content into practice. In this public health degree program, students learn about a range of issues impacting population health and healthcare systems, including environmental health, disease prevention, health informatics, global health, ethics, and behavioral and cultural issues.

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Walden’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health offers a variety of concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals:

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

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General Program

Public health professionals are integral to the safety and development of local and international communities. This General Program can help you build your knowledge of public health policy to promote positive social change across communities. You can explore issues that affect populations of people, from disaster prevention and relief to disease control and containment. Examine current research to identify trends in the field that will prepare you for a career in a professional setting.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Elective courses (50 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 10 courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 50 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone

Child Development

A child’s early years are an ideal time to instill healthy behaviors and attitudes that contribute to health and wellness. This concentration helps you understand how a child’s cultural, familial, and communal surroundings shape his or her development as it relates to promoting wellness and health for entire populations of young children. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with communities and policymakers in a variety of roles that promote and support child development, health, and wellness.    

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Concentration (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose four courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than 6 elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Capstone

Disaster and Emergency Management

A community’s level of emergency preparedness can reduce risk and expedite recovery efforts in the wake of a natural or man-made disaster. This concentration can help you gain a better understanding of each phase of the disaster and emergency management process, from prevention to preparation, relief, and recovery. Explore long-term measures for reducing risk and preventing future disasters, discover effective methods for leading relief efforts and mobilizing resources when disasters strike, and examine the importance of disaster and emergency management to national security.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Concentration (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose four courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than 6 elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Capstone

Health and Cultural Diversity

Become a catalyst for positive social change in the public health arena by cultivating a cross-cultural understanding of a population’s response to disease, preventive health behaviors, and health education. This concentration examines sociocultural factors that impact health, such as ethnicity, culture, religion, education, and gender. The coursework is designed to help you promote social change by respecting, valuing, and understanding the beliefs and norms of various cultural groups.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Concentration (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Note: Students who choose this concentration should complete PSYC 1001, Introduction to Psychology, as an elective or as a Gen. Ed.

Elective Courses

Choose four courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than 6 elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Capstone

Health Communication

Effective communication is vital to advancing public health policy and influencing behavior among populations. With this concentration, you can learn to influence public health education with public relations strategies that can promote public health awareness on a local or global level. With a focus on achieving positive outcomes in public healthcare delivery, this concentration can help you build a foundation in communication theory. In addition, you will explore how media planning, new media, and technology can disseminate health information across diverse audiences.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Concentration (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

And choose an additional three from the following:

Elective Courses

Choose four courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than 6 elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Capstone

Health Informatics

Health informatics has become an integral part of nearly every area of healthcare, including public health. With this concentration, you can learn to apply information technology to promote public safety, enhance health delivery systems, and facilitate the sharing of information between healthcare professionals in order to improve patient care. This concentration can enhance your knowledge of technology safeguards and ethical and legal issues pertaining to public health. You can develop the skills you need for a career in data quality, information security, and data analysis in a nonprofit or corporate public health setting.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Concentration (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose four courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than 6 elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Capstone

Health Management

As the field of public health grows, so does the need for trained professionals who are prepared to assume leadership and decision-making roles in private, government, or nonprofit public health agencies. This concentration can help you develop fundamental health management skills that are applicable across a variety of health settings and administrative positions.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Concentration (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (30 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose six courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 30 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone

Health Promotion and Wellness

With multiple weight-loss shows on television and celebrity exercise regimens discussed in every tabloid, it’s hard to decipher what’s healthy and what’s hype. Now, with the Health Promotion and Wellness concentration, you can help individuals and communities—and even yourself—embrace a healthier lifestyle and achieve optimal wellness.

Rooted in the key initiatives addressed in Healthy People 2020 Objectives for the Nation, this concentration can help prepare you for a public health career with an emphasis on raising health literacy. As a public health professional educated in health promotion, you can support the World Health Organization’s call to increase prevention efforts, especially those efforts aimed at reducing key risk factors associated with disease and health inequity.

The program’s multidisciplinary, multicultural approach helps you position yourself to promote preventive health measures across populations as you explore how nutrition, physical fitness, sexuality and relationships, and stress management affect wellness. Make a positive difference in your community—and in your own life—by becoming an advocate for healthier lifestyle choices.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Elective courses (25 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose five courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 25 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than 6 elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Capstone Course

Health Psychology and Behavior

An effective public health professional understands how social, emotional, and cognitive factors influence a population’s behavior and attitudes about health. With this concentration, you can gain knowledge on how culture, race, ethnicity, and experience play a role in a society’s ability to face health opportunities and challenges. This concentration is designed to prepare you to influence positive behavior as it relates to the health of individuals, communities, and populations.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Concentration (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (20 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose four courses from general education, B.S. in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than 6 elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Capstone

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 181 quarter credit hours $310 per quarter hour $56,110
Technology Fee Per quarter $120 $1,920
Total $58,030
  Transfer up to 135 credits $43,290
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $14,740

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Accelerate Your Degree Completion

Whether you are interested in raising public awareness of health issues, managing healthcare organizations, or contributing to the policymaking process, the public health field offers a wide range of career options. Career options include:

  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Health services manager
  • Health officer
  • Operations manager
  • Program director
  • Public health emergency preparedness and response coordinator
  • Public health program specialist/coordinator
  • Public health information officer
  • Research associate
  • Risk analyst
  • Safety and health specialist

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Public Health program:

Lifelong Learning

Whether you are entering the field or seeking to advance your career in public health, Walden offers a range of programs to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Learn from experts in the field and collaborate with fellow students from around the country as you pursue a degree that can help you improve the health of your community and the nation.

B.S. in Public Health

  • Earn your B.S. in Public Health while fulfilling your personal and professional obligations.
  • Choose from the General Program or seven concentrations designed to meet your interests.
  • Enroll in the Bachelor’s Plus option, so you can earn credits toward your Walden Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree while completing your bachelor’s program.

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

  • Develop public health programs and interventions that include design, implementation, and evaluation components.
  • Contribute to positive social change in your community by becoming a leader in the profession.

Ph.D. in Public Health

  • Choose the track and specialization that best meets your specific career goals.
  • Prepare to assume a leadership role and to address many of the nation’s complex health issues, including ensuring access to healthcare, controlling infectious diseases, and eliminating environmental hazards.
  • Help fill the need for public health professionals with doctoral degrees.

Why Public Health?

Public health policy impacts our daily lives. Whether it’s through assurances that our drinking water is clean or monitoring the spread of pandemics, public health professionals protect and promote the health of populations. There is an increasing shortage of formally trained public health professionals and students in training to meet the immediate and future demand, leaving communities vulnerable. In fact, Healthy People 2020, the federal government’s health objectives for the United States, highlights the pressing need to establish and fund public health undergraduate majors and professional training programs. The demand for qualified public health professionals has never been greater. Walden’s B.S. in Public Health can help you develop the competencies to enter or advance in the public health field.

Improve Quality of Life

Public health professionals have played significant roles in many of the 20th century’s major health advancements, including an increase in life expectancy, a worldwide reduction in infant and child mortality, and the elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases. Through the development of proactive, preventive measures, public health professionals deliver essential services that improve the health and safety of entire populations.

A Growing Field

Recent legislation and national initiatives designed to improve public health have raised awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles and disease prevention measures. Across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, new opportunities are emerging to engage communities in public health programs and services. The range of career options continues to expand for those entering or seeking to advance in the field.

Public health practitioners can truly make a difference as agents of social change in the lives of communities and individuals in areas ranging from health education to applied research.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public health, including the infrastructure and organization of public health systems.
  2. Critically examine the role of public health in protecting and promoting the health of populations locally and globally.
  3. Analyze social, political, and economical issues that impact public health and healthcare delivery systems within and outside of the United States.
  4. Explain the biological effects of infectious and chronic disease on the human body as well as basic epidemiological principles used to study patterns of disease and injury among diverse populations.
  5. Interpret research relating to public health.
  6. Analyze how social, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors impact the health status of individuals and populations.
  7. Apply basic principles related to program planning, health finance, and program evaluation, which are used to develop and implement effective public health programs and services for populations.
  8. Identify ways in which technology can be used to improve the health of populations as well as the practice of public health.
  9. Analyze legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that impact public health practice.
  10. Articulate how public health policy is developed and how individuals and groups influence policy change.
  11. Demonstrate effective communication and problem-solving skills necessary for addressing contemporary global public health issues.

For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.