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Public Health Degree Online Bachelor of Science (BS)

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Register By: June 29 Classes Start: July 01

Earn Your Online Public Health Degree

  • $330/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Aligned to competencies of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
  • Regionally accredited by NECHE
  • Stepping stone to master's in public health (MPH) program

Online Public Health Degree Overview

Ready to make your mark in a rewarding field? Start by earning your online Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Southern New Hampshire University.

The year 2020 demonstrated the critical need for public health professionals around the globe to advocate for policy, data, funding and the resources required to tackle a pandemic.

The global pandemic brought to life the incredible complexity of public health. Many of the challenges faced around the world included timely communication, data collection and reporting, virus containment, medical supply chain management, inequitable impacts across communities (and learning how to protect those communities), managing populations and keeping frontline workers safe.

Though complex and challenging, it provided the opportunity for public health professionals to make substantial progress in the understanding of global pandemics and ultimately the prevention of future outbreaks.

This online bachelor's program provides a strong foundation in biological and social sciences and emphasizes evidence-based approaches to program assessment, planning and evaluation. You'll also explore strategies for preventing disease, prolonging life and improving the health of entire populations.

If you choose to continue your studies after earning your bachelor's in public health, SNHU also offers a online Master of Public Health degree – both with a general track and a global health concentration.

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What You'll Learn

  • Use principles to recognize patterns and trends
  • Apply strategies to improve health, safety and quality of life
  • Explain the effectiveness of health programs
  • Identify health disparities and promote social justice
  • Make globally, socially and ethically responsible decisions
  • Design communication strategies that promote campaigns

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Public Health Career Outlook

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"Public health is the silent machine behind a healthy, growing community," said Dr. Gail Tudor, associate dean of health professions at SNHU. "When public health is successful, no one knows about it. There is no ripple, no fanfare. Just a healthy population where health equity is the norm and disease is just endemic."

With such a wide variety of health-related causes to choose from, your online public health degree could take your career in a number of directions.

Medical and Health Services Manager

In this role, you'll improve efficiency and quality of services, make sure facilities stay in compliance, prepare and monitor budgets and spending, and communicate with medical staff.1

Health Education Specialists

Develop the programs and events that can help your audience learn about health topics. You'll help people find the information they need, and you'll advocate for continuous improvement in resources.1

Community Health Worker

You'll discuss health concerns with community members, provide informal counseling and support, collect data to identify needs, and make referrals and offer transportation for access to healthcare.1

And to get there, our Career Services team can assist you at any point in your job search.

Our advisors are on hand to connect you with the professional experience you need, like internships or experiential-learning projects you can add to your resume. We can also help you with your job search, from application to interview. Starting on your first day as a student to long after you graduate, our services are available whenever you need them.

Job Growth and Salary

The need for healthcare roles continues to rise: Employment in these occupations is projected to grow 13% through 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, this increase could result in about 1.8 million new jobs over the decade.1

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Job Growth

Medical and health services managers could see around 28% growth in roles through 2032. And jobs for health educators and community health workers are estimated to increase by 7% through 2032. These positions are seeing a much faster growth rate than the average growth rate for all jobs in that time period.1

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In 2021, the median annual wage was $59,990 for health educators – above the median wages for all workers that year.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

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Why Studying Public Health is Meaningful

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"Public health is the recognition that there are certain health issues that every population suffers from, not just nationally but internationally. It's important to understand the impact of globalization and how that affects public health. You can spread a disease in the time it takes to cross the world on a trans-Atlantic flight."

Courses & Curriculum

The BS in Public Health program prepares graduates for the workforce as competent, emerging public health professionals. In the US, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) provides guidance to colleges and universities that offer public health programs. At SNHU, the BS in Public Health was designed for you to meet today's public health challenges. To learn more, review our accreditations page.

"The focus (of our curriculum) is always on helping your community be the healthiest – mentally and physically," said Dr. Gail Tudor, associate dean of health professions at SNHU. By learning to become a public health professional, "your actions can affect an entire community, an entire nation, even the world."

The core major courses provide you with a comprehensive understanding of public health and insights into the administration and evaluation of public health programs, as well as the healthcare delivery system.

Course topics include epidemiology, research and assessment, program planning, health communication and education, healthcare law and ethics in national and global contexts.

As a student in the public health degree program, you'll complete a project within your capstone course toward the end of your program. The project or paper you'll work on throughout the term encompasses all your learnings throughout the program – and it's also a product you'll be able to show employers when you present your portfolio.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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