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Public Health

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree provides a professionally focused understanding of public health in America and abroad including the science, psychology, and sociology associated with public health issues. You will study public law, policy, and administration associated with the administration of public health along with its management, finances, and structure.

This online degree program is intended for professionals seeking advancement in the public health field or who desire to enter the field as a community health worker or educator, dietitian, nutritionist, health services manager, or occupational health and safety technician.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • Apply organizational design principles to the unique healthcare organization construct.
  • Perform macro- and microeconomic analyses of healthcare production and costs.
  • Critically analyze the healthcare system in the United States.
  • Create a plan for efficient healthcare system management.
  • Develop an ethical system to analyze moral issues in public health services delivery.
  • Discuss epidemiological issues in society.
  • Appraise the U.S. medical care system, its problems, and potential for reform.
  • Analyze international and comparative public health concepts, approaches, and systems.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Emergency and Disaster Management

Focuses on the theoretical, historical, and contemporary issues associated with quarantine as a public health and safety measure. Public health consequences of nuclear, biological, and chemical incidents, emergency planning and response measures in place among U.S. agencies, and emerging detection and management technologies will be explored. Psychological and physiological human response to natural and man-made disasters and media management will be discussed. 

Sample Courses

  • EDMG220 - Emergency Planning
  • EDMG230 - Emergency and Disaster Incident Command
  • PBHE413 - Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services
  • PBHE426 - Quarantine
  • EDMG340 - Consequence Management
  • EDMG420 - Risk Communications
  • PSYC431 - Psychology of Disaster
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General

This general concentration allows you to select from dozens of different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

View other concentrations in this program to see sample courses.

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Nutrition and Wellness

Focuses on nutrition and health, and analyzes human food choices from an ecological, political, and sociological perspective. Looks at the psychological effects of exercise and discusses issues related to personality factors and exercise motivation. Provides instruction on psychological skills training program development, which incorporates theories of anxiety reduction, imagery training, and effective goal setting.

Sample Courses

  • SOCI315 - Food and Culture
  • SPHE320 - Nutrition
  • SPHE314 - Exercise Physiology
  • SOCI423 - Sociology of Health and Illness
  • PSYC460 - Sports Psychology
  • SPHE460 - Business Aspects of Fitness and Wellness
  • SPHE461 - Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness
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Public Health Informatics

Focuses on healthcare information management and its historical development, along with theoretical and practical applications of the health care delivery systems. Examines the emerging technology of electronic health records, and offers fundamental knowledge of the concepts of health informatics applications. Presents key skills and techniques that can be applied immediately to the management and governance of healthcare data.

Sample Courses

  • HIMA100 - Medical Terminology
  • HIMA110 - Introduction to Health Information Management
  • HIMA250 - Healthcare Delivery Systems and Documentation
  • HIMA310 - Electronics Health Records Fundamentals
  • HIMA360 - Health Informatics Project and Enterprise Management
  • HIMA410 - Informatics and Analytics
  • HIMA460 - Healthcare Data Management and Governance

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU 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 APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

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

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers 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

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 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

APU 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.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.

School of Health Sciences


School of Health Sciences

This program resides in the School of Health Sciences, where our practioners in the field are working hard to bring you relevant courses in healthcare and sports management. From our CCNE-accredited Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN to BSN) to our sports management degrees, the programs in the School of Health Sciences blend theory with hands-on practical application to give you a competitive advantage in the rapidly changing health sciences workplace. For example, the APU School of Health Sciences offers the only generalist Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the nation with courses in disaster health management, quarantine, emergency management, and health and medical issues.

The APU School of Health Sciences is dedicated to preparing our students for industries relative to careers in healthcare, nursing, exercise and fitness, and overall public health. Our engaging, interactive learning environment is fostered by our faculty who can tap into the real-world resources you need to stay current and relevant in your field.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Health Sciences webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you