Make an Impact on Health and Well-Being With a BS in Public Health

You want to make the world a healthier place. We’ve developed a BS in Public Health program that can help you achieve your goals. Learn the science and art of public health advocacy and get ready to lead change with a degree program that supports your career goals through a customizable course of study—and an option to fast-track to your master’s degree.

From preventing disease to the opioid crisis, public health issues are an ongoing priority for the nation. This program emphasizes essential competencies that can be applied across a range of settings to promote social justice and healthier communities. Explore a variety of issues impacting population health and healthcare systems while gaining skills you can put to use immediately on the job.

As a student in Walden’s online bachelor’s in public health degree program, you’ll benefit from:

  • Curriculum aligned with professional association standards, ensuring you’re acquiring skills and knowledge vital to today’s occupations.
  • Coursework that prepares you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
  • Flexibility and pacing that fits your busy life.

A Faster Path to Your Master’s Degree

  • Our BS in Public Health program offers an optional Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) concentration. AIM allows you to take master’s-level classes as a bachelor’s student, earning credits that will transfer into the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), MS in Health Education and Promotion, or other master’s program, saving you time and money.

Learning Outcomes

Our online BS in Public Health degree 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.

Career Impact

Take Your Career in Public Health to the Next Level

Walden’s BS in Public Health program can help prepare you for rewarding 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)
  • Nonprofits
  • Child healthcare

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.

Reach Your Potential

With a bachelor’s degree from Walden, you’ll have the tools you need to succeed. Take this crucial step in your career path and prepare yourself for additional study that can lead to a master’s degree in health administration, public health, or health informatics.

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.


Bruce Furr

Bruce Furr

PhD in Public Health / MPH Graduate
Immediately after my MPH practicum, I intend to pursue my Ph.D. in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology at Walden. I want to teach as well as pursue epidemiologic research studies to contribute to contemporary issues in public health in the United States and around the world.
Walden’s social change mission was very inspiring and guided me throughout my study.
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden University is that I am in control of my future.
Edward Irobi MPH Graduate / PhD in Public Health Student
Edward Irobi
Raymond Chimezie PhD in Public Health Graduate
Ray Chimezie
Tira Wallace MPH Student
Tira Wallace
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