From disaster relief to disease prevention and child-wellness programs, public health professionals facilitate the conditions for a healthy, productive, and safe society. Create a positive effect on local, national, or international communities with Walden’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health.
The BS in Public Health degree may be the ideal tool to help you create meaningful social change in your community and in the world. This program helps prepare you to meet the growing need for formally trained, caring public health professionals who can address critical 21st-century global health challenges to improve the health of populations. Rooted in the principles and competencies of public health, the curriculum prepares students to translate and apply course content into practice. Students learn about a range of issues impacting population health and healthcare systems, including environmental health, disease prevention, health informatics, global health, ethics, health management, and behavioral and cultural issues.
Choose to complete a general program of study (which allows students to apply transfer credit) or select a concentration to deepen the understanding of a pertinent area of public health. Gain “real world” experience by choosing to complete an optional service learning project, field experience, or study abroad opportunity. This program also provides a solid foundation and fast track for individuals who would like to pursue an advanced degree in public health, such as the Master of Public Health (MPH) or doctorate in public health.
Note: The BS in Public Health program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.
Roman numerals in parentheses at the end of each learning outcome indicate alignment to the Walden University outcomes.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
- Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public health, including the infrastructure and organization of public health systems. (VI)
- Critically examine the role of public health in protecting and promoting the health of populations locally and globally. (II, VI)
- Analyze social, political, and economical issues, which impact public health and healthcare delivery systems within and outside of the United States. (I, IV)
- 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. (IV, V)
- Analyze the theoretical models including how social, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors impact behavior change. (IX)
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to create effective public health programs and services (including program planning, healthcare management, and program evaluation). (II, III, IV, VI)
- Analyze legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that impact public health practice. (VII)
- Articulate how public health policy is developed and how individuals and groups influence policy change. (I, II, III, IV, IX)
- Demonstrate effective communication and problem-solving skills necessary for addressing contemporary global public health issues and to promote social change. (I, IV, VI, VIII, X)
In addition to the course-based option described below, students can choose to earn their BS in Healthcare Management through the competency-based education modality. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will earn the same Walden degree in either modality. See the BS in Public Health (Competency Based) page for program details.
- 181 total quarter credits
- General education courses (46 cr.)
- Core courses (80 cr.)
- Concentration courses (0–25 cr., depending on concentration)
- Elective courses (25–50 cr., depending on concentration)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)
General Education Courses (46 cr.)
See the general education general education section of this Walden University Catalog.
Note: At least three general education courses taken must be taken at the 3000 level or higher, including SOCI 4080.
First Term Course (6 cr.)
Concentration Courses (0–25 cr.)
These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.
Electives (25–50 cr.)
Electives are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the elective requirements on each concentration page.
Note on Certification
The Health Promotion and Wellness concentration in the BS in Public Health program has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Walden enrollment specialists can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she resides. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES exam, students should visit www.nchec.org.