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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Bachelor's in Public Health Degree

Public health expertise is in high demand. That's why Excelsior College now offers an online Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Working with top-notch faculty who both work in public health and teach in public health degree programs around the country you will learn practical skills that translate directly to the workplace.

Excelsior offers all of the courses necessary to complete the degree. In developing this degree program, we worked closely with public health experts to ensure that all academic materials are relevant and up to date. 

The Power of Public Health

The field of public health is critical to empowering and sustaining communities with the understanding that health around the world is directly related to the health of local communities. A BS in Public Health is for people with a passion for helping society by advancing the 3 P's in public health: Preventing the spread of disease—Protecting the health of populations—Promoting population health through policies, programs, and interventions.

Put Yourself in Demand by Completing a BS in Public Health at Excelsior

Advance your career with a degree in public health. It's a multi-disciplinary field that makes a positive impact on global and local communities and provides you with the career flexibility to work in a variety of settings. Graduates will be able to compete effectively for jobs at:

  • Federal agencies (e.g., Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • City, county, and state health agencies
  • Research labs
  • Universities
  • Community-based organization
  • Public or Nonprofit organizations

Excelsior Offers You the Flexibility You Need as a Busy Adult Completing a Degree

A national leader in health care education since the 1970s, Excelsior offers a high degree of flexibility and convenience, allowing working adults to balance school with work and family commitments.

Our online public health classes are scheduled on a 15-week and rotating 8-week basis and are available 24/7. You'll compete the work where and when it fits into your life. In addition, our student-friendly bachelor's degree in public health allows you to:

  • Receive academic credit for health care professional licenses and certifications, leaving you with fewer Excelsior elective courses to complete your public health degree. Find out if your license qualifies—and how many credits you can get for it.
  • Receive outstanding academic support from our award-winning team of advisors.
  • Save money on your bachelor's in public health via Excelsior's affordable tuition.

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BS Public Health Credit Requirements

BS in Public Health Credit Requirements

Minimum of 120 credits: 60 in arts and sciences, 30 public health component, 25 additional (public health electives, other college-level electives, information literacy), and 5 capstone credits. Learn more about the credit requirements

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of public health in addressing health issues that impact humankind.
  • Employ strategies to plan, implement and evaluate programs and policies designed to address public health issues.
  • Demonstrate multiple strategies of communication when addressing public health issues with diverse stakeholders.
  • Analyze the impact of social, political and economic variables on public health issues and health care delivery systems.
  • Analyze the interrelationship among policy, practice, systems, and population health.
  • Analyze social, behavioral, biological and environmental factors that impact population health and contribute to health disparities.
  • Apply basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection in addressing population based needs.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking including the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate public health and other types of data to make evidence based decisions.
  • Examine the practice of public health using legal, regulatory, and ethical frameworks.

Catalog: Health Sciences

Health Sciences Catalog

Review degree requirements, learning outcomes, core courses, and more in the School of Health Sciences Catalog.

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Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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