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Help create safer, healthier environments

You want to make the world a healthier place. We’ve developed a Bachelor of Science in Public Health program that can help you achieve it. A BS in Public Health program focuses on developing essential skills that can be applied across a range of settings to work toward health equity and community wellness.

Sought-after Skills

Hit the ground running in today’s employment market through curriculum aligned with professional association standards.

CHES Certification Preparation

Choose the Health Promotion and Wellness concentration to prepare for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Multiple Career Path

Choose the General Program or one of three concentration options to match your program of study with your professional passion.

Earn your degree your way

With three completion options, you can pursue a bachelor’s degree in health studies in a way that makes sense for your life, budget, and learning style.

Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive a $2,500 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Tempo Competency-Based Learning™: Receive a $1,500 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 7, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options.

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.

Tempo Competency-Based LearningTempo Competency-Based Learning is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program. See below which specializations are offered in Tempo Competency-Based Learning in addition to our standard course-based learning.

Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM)

Earn up to 20 master’s-level credit hours as an undergraduate, saving you time and money on your Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) or MS in Health Education and Promotion degree. Learn more about Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM)

General Program and Concentrations

General Program

The General Program is ideal for those looking to explore the fundamentals of public health, healthcare delivery, and theories of health behavior.

Course-Based Learning AIM Tempo

Healthcare Management

If you aspire to help improve the performance of healthcare organizations dedicated to public health, this concentration may be for you.

Course-Based Learning Tempo

Health Promotion and Wellness

Explore nutrition, fitness, and health communication strategies.

Course-Based Learning Tempo

Health Psychology and Behavior

This concentration is ideal if you aspire to work in research, clinical settings, or the community and want to understand why people make certain choices regarding their health.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this bachelor’s program, you must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application. Applicants who choose the competency-based option must transfer in 45 credits. More information for international applicants.

Promote Healthier Lives

From chronic disease to the opioid crisis, public health issues are an ongoing priority for the nation. Walden’s BS in Public Health program emphasizes knowledge that can be applied across a range of settings to promote social justice and healthier communities. Explore the challenges impacting population health and healthcare systems today—and gain skills that can open new doors in your career.

Learning Outcomes

This bachelor’s in public health program helps prepare graduates 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 which impact public health and healthcare delivery systems within and outside of the U.S.
  • Explain the biological effects of infections and chronic diseases on the human body.
  • Explain basic epidemiological principles used to study patterns of disease and injury among diverse populations.
  • Evaluate health-related research and research methods.
  • Analyze the theoretical models including how social, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors impact behavior change.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to create effective public health programs and services (including program planning, healthcare management, and program evaluation).
  • 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 and to promote social change.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a BS in Public Health?

Turn Your Passion for Helping Others Into a Fulfilling Career


From preventing heart disease to ensuring food safety, America is currently facing a host of public health challenges. Health educators and community health workers help educate populations about behaviors that prevent illness, foster wellness, and promote a better quality of life. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of these professionals is expected to grow by 13% through 2029—much faster than the average for all occupations.

Be a Force of Positive Change

Walden’s BS in Public Health online program can prepare you to make a difference by cultivating healthier communities. You’ll be positioned for rewarding career roles in a range of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Departments of health (state/local state government)
  • In the field (testing water, food testing, health and safety testing)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Child healthcare facilities

Career options include:

  • Director of rehabilitation
  • Public administrator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community health worker
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Health services manager
  • Health officer
  • Operations manager
  • Program director
  • Public health emergency preparedness coordinator
  • Public health program specialist
  • Public health information officer

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


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