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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.
"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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
The curriculum for our online public health degree program is based on the curriculum standards of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) aligned to competencies of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). It's designed to prepare you for entry into this rewarding field. (Note: The program is not accredited by CEPH or ASPPH. Learn more about our accreditations.)
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
Total Credits: 120
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.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
A public health professional looks at the health of groups of people rather than focusing on one person at a time.
"Public health looks at populations. It doesn't look at individuals," said Dr. Denise Bisaillon, associate dean of public health at SNHU. "It's not a clinical program. It's not a clinical field. Public health looks at whole populations and what diseases are out there and where they came from. They look at all the ways that disease and conditions take place and how to prevent them."
As you work toward becoming a public health professional, you'll study 5 core disciplines, one or more of which could be essential to your career:
By becoming a public health professional, you can help alter the direction of health – for current generations and the generations to come.
Roles in the public health field may include:
Some of these career paths may require additional education or licensing beyond a BS in Public Health – to both enter the field and advance in it. SNHU is one university that offers an MS in Public Health online program.
A job in the health field is always a rewarding one. In particular, public health is such a broad topic that there are so many places where you can effect change.
"There are a lot of opportunities," said Dr. Denise Bisaillon, associate dean of public health at SNHU. "It's a field that is growing due to the need to improve health before it requires medical treatment."
As all jobs in the health field are expected to grow 14% by 2028, it's also a practical career to break into.2
Bachelor’s degrees are traditionally known as 4-year programs. But the amount time your program takes depends on a few factors.
Like your full-time or part-time status. At SNHU, full-time students take 2 courses per term and part-time students take 1 course. With 6 terms per year, full-time students who start with no credits can finish in 3.5 years if they don't take a term off.
Most of our students, though, transfer in credits when they begin their degree. Bringing credits into your online public health degree program can help you get to the finish line faster, because the more credits you have, the closer you are to graduation.
Here, you can transfer up to 90 credits toward your program. Because you're able to bring so many credits into your bachelor's in public health, you have the opportunity to move into your career sooner.
The average salary of a graduate of a public health degree program is $52,000, according to PayScale.4
However, when you look at specific roles within the field, the pay can increase quite a bit.
For example, medical and health services managers received median annual wages of $99,730 in 2018.2 What's more, the highest 10% of managers earned more than $182,600 in their role.2
You may also choose to move into positions like health educators, who received median annual wages of $54,220 in 2018 – with the top 10% earning more than $98,000.2 Another option is moving into a community health worker position, which had median annual wages of $39,540 in 2018, while the top 10% earned more than $65,000.2
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:
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).