Public Health

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Public Health degree offers introductory courses in sociology, psychology, health, and wellness while looking at the American healthcare system. This online associate degree offers a focus on interpersonal communication, leadership, and motivation to help prepare you for entry-level careers in community healthcare or occupational health and safety settings.

Note: The university also offers a bachelor’s in public health which can either be a logical next step after earning the associate or may be considered instead of the associate. We recommend you speak with an admission representative to discuss the appropriate starting level to meet your educational goals.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online associate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Interpersonal and written communication
  • Leadership characteristics and motivation skills
  • The U.S. health care system and health organizations
  • Barriers to health care delivery
  • Organization and administration of health services
  • Health literacy, fitness, and wellness
  • Ethics and ethical decision-making
  • Theories of personality and learning
  • Human interaction and behavior in society

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Explain how and why they are a part of a global community and how the health of one nation or community affects the planet as a whole.
  • Explain why the profession of public health is dynamic, political, and controversial. To face health issues, a professional must define the public as diverse, with many views, beliefs, values and concerns.
  • Possess the training and competence in the use of technologies to deliver health care services to their communities.
  • Choose and use the appropriate policies, educational programs, and incentives to develop and maintain individual and community lifestyles that promote optimal health.
  • Develop a continuum of supportive public health services appropriate for their community.
  • Resolve conflicts over public health and health care issues.
  • Ensure that the findings of current public health research are communicated to their communities in an appropriate manner.
  • Assure communities of the right to receive sufficient information from suppliers of health care technologies, health care providers, and relevant governmental agencies.
  • Explain and assist in the development of a safe community environment.
  • Maintain involvement with their communities to assure appropriate education regarding public health matters.
  • Maintain the utmost ethical standards in their personal and professional conduct.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.