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Public Health Degree Online Bachelor of Science

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Earn Your Online Public Health Degree

  • $320/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.

Public health covers a range of fields – everything from developing and presenting wellness programs in local communities and creating public policies to fighting infectious disease outbreaks in West Africa. No matter where public health professionals work, they're driven by the same mission: to protect the health of populations and improve quality of life through healthy behaviors.

Dr. Sarah McCool and the text Dr. Sarah McCool"Public health is the recognition that there are certain health issues that every population suffers from, not just nationally but internationally," said Dr. Sarah McCool, an adjunct instructor at SNHU. "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."

That means public health includes:

  • Developing cleaner air initiatives
  • Examining effects of smoking – and secondhand and thirdhand smoke
  • Expanding access to fruits and vegetables
  • Designing safe sex and reproductive health campaigns
  • Creating transportation options to health services
  • Building emergency preparedness plans
  • Sharing the effects of bullying in schools

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.

Learn how to:

  • Use principles to recognize patterns and trends
  • Apply public health 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 public health decisions
  • Design communication strategies that promote public health campaigns

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

Public Health Career Outlook

The online public health degree is designed to prepare you for a variety of promising careers, including medical and health services manager, health educator or community health worker.

The demand for educated, experienced public health professionals will continue to rise based on growing populations and the need for disease prevention, surveillance and education.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports strong growth in these fields. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18% through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, and the average salary for these careers is $99,730.2

Jobs for health educators and community health workers are estimated to increase by 11% through 2028.2 In 2018, the median annual wage for community health workers was $39,540 and $54,220 for health educators.

Public health professionals work in various settings and industries, including:

  • Hospitals and medical facilities: Many organizations offer classes and events about topics like nutrition and exercise as preventative care – and continue to look for ways to educate people before they're patients.
  • Managed care organizations: Healthcare and insurance costs rise when employees aren't at their healthiest, and these organizations can work with companies to focus on proactive vs. reactive solutions.
  • Nonprofit organizations: There's a group for almost every condition that needs support: alcoholism, asthma, postpartum health, domestic violence, visual impairments and so many more.
  • State and local health departments: These agencies are responsible for anything from monitoring water quality in the community, inspecting restaurants and markets, and creating safe places for children to play – and everything in between.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): With a mission to fight any threats to health and safety, the CDC is responsible for over 1,000 programs since its launch in 1995, impacting millions of people.3

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.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Public Health Degree

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 to for you to meet today's public health challenges. To learn more, please review our accreditations page.

The core major courses provide you with a comprehensive understanding of public health and insights into healthcare administration and delivery systems. Course topics include epidemiology, research and assessment, program planning, health communication and education, healthcare law and ethics in national and global contexts.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • 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 credits for what you already know: Did you know certain work and life experience – like industry-recognized certifications, law enforcement training and math knowledge – could save you time and money at SNHU? Learn how you could get credit for work or life experience.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We 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 $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

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.

* According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:

  • https://bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (viewed Nov. 1, 2019)
  • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (viewed Nov. 1, 2019)
  • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm (viewed Nov. 1, 2019)

Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

3 CDC Foundation, Global Health Protects Us All, on the internet, at https://www.cdcfoundation.org/partners (viewed Nov. 1, 2019).

4 Payscale, Bachelor of Science, Public Health Degree, on the internet, at https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=
Bachelor_of_ Science_ (BS_%2F_BSc)%2C_Public_Health_(PH)/Salary (viewed Nov. 1, 2019).