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 BS 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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public health, including the infrastructure and organization of public health systems.
  • Critically examine the role of public health in protecting and promoting the health of populations locally and globally.
  • Analyze social, political, and economical issues that impact public health and healthcare delivery systems within and outside of the United States.
  • 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.
  • Interpret research relating to public health.
  • Analyze how social, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors impact the health status of individuals and populations.
  • 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.
  • Identify ways in which technology can be used to improve the health of populations as well as the practice of public health.
  • Analyze legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that impact public health practice.
  • Articulate how public health policy is developed and how individuals and groups influence policy change.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and problem-solving skills necessary for addressing contemporary global public health issues.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


Beyond The Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete your master’s program with up to 50% fewer credits, since you begin the coursework while earning your bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.
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