2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.S. in Public Health

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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 B.S. 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’s of public health (MPH) or doctorate in public health.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able 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, which 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.

General Option

The B.S. in Public Health General Option is for students with an A.A. degree, A.S. degree, or with 75 or more quarter transfer credits (no required program concentration).

Transfer of Credit (TOC) Snapshot

TOC for General Education courses.

Transfer courses must satisfy the following categories for general education:

Written and Oral communication (one transferred; the other at Walden); Humanities (two); Mathematics and Natural Sciences (two); Social Sciences (one transferred; the other at Walden); General Education Elective (one);

Up to 35 credits

TOC for Electives

Up to 50 credits


Remaining Coursework to be Completed at Walden

General Education Courses Required of All Students

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications 5 credits
SOCI 4080 Social Responsibility 5 credits
    10 credits


 Core Courses (80 cr.)

Course Code Course Title Credits
PUBH 1000 Principles of Public Health 5
HLTH 1005 Context of Healthcare Delivery 5
HLTH 2120 Health Informatics 5
HLTH 2110 Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare 5
PUBH 3000 Environmental Health 5
PUBH 3100 Human Disease and Prevention 5
HLTH 3100 Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare 5
HLTH 3115 Public and Global Health 5
HLTH 4200 Principles of Epidemiology 5
HLTH 4205 Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis 5

PUBH 4000

Public Health Education and Communication 5
HLTH 4000 Introduction to Health Management 5
HLTH 4105 Healthcare Finance and Economics 5
PUBH 4030 Planning Public Health Programs 5
PUBH 4100 Evaluating Public Health Programs 5
PUBH 4200 Public Health Policy for Social Change 5

Elective Courses (50 cr.)

Students may choose electives from recommended Walden courses and/or transfer in previous credit. Students may also complete a field experience or service learning project and/or may study abroad for elective credit.

Capstone (5 cr.)

Course Code Course Title Credits
PUBH 4900 Capstone in Public Health 5

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000- or 4000-level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult with their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.



Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits (including 45 cr. completed at Walden)
  • Required first course (1 cr.)
  • General education  courses (45 cr.)

Communications courses (10 cr.)

Humanities courses (10 cr.)

Math/science courses (10 cr.)


Social science courses (10 cr.)

General education elective (5 cr.)

  • Core courses (80 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (30 cr.)  
  • Elective courses (20 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)


General Education Courses (45 cr.)

See the 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.

Elective Courses (20 cr.)

Students are to select four additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from either general education courses, B.S. in Public Health concentration courses, or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs. These 20 credits of electives are in addition to the five-credit general education elective.

Students may also complete a service learning project (IDST 4002), internship (IDST 4003), or study abroad experience (IDST 4004) as electives. Students (who qualify) may also choose the Accelerate into Masters (A.I.M.) option (these courses count toward elective credit).

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