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Public Health Online Degree Program

You want to make the world a healthier place. Boise State is here to help. Our Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Online Degree Program was designed for people who have a passion for health equity and wellness. Your public health degree focuses on developing essential skills that can be applied across a range of settings to promote the health and well-being of people, communities and population.

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Among The Top In The Nation

Earning a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University can help open doors to opportunities and a promising future. Boise State’s online programs are specifically created for online learning and offer the same support as our traditional degree programs. They were also recently ranked in the top 15% of online bachelor’s degrees in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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Bachelor’s in Public Health Program At A Glance

What Can You Do With a Public Health Degree?

Build your knowledge of public health to promote positive social change in this online degree completion program. You will learn how to work collaboratively and strategically to improve the health of communities. With the option to go part-time or full time, you can complete the program at a pace that’s right for you.

Public health is an issue that affects us all, and a career in this field offers graduates the opportunity to help to solve some of the world’s most pressing health problems. Boise State’s online public health program prepares you for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination to demonstrate your competency and set you apart as a public health professional. There are many options for a successful career in this growing and integral field.

Graduates from the public health program have a lot to tell us about how Boise State prepared them for success. Learn more from our students and alumni.

Where Can You Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Departments of health (state/local state government)
  • In the field (food testing, health and safety testing)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Child healthcare facilities

Possible Careers Options

  • Public administrator
  • Community health worker
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Health services manager
  • Health officer
  • Operations manager
  • Public health emergency preparedness coordinator
  • Public health program specialist
  • Public health information officer

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How Much Does This Program Cost?

Boise State University’s online programs offer reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently. The online Bachelor of Arts in Public Health also ranks in the top 10 most affordable online public health degrees in the nation, according to Educator’s Reference Desk.

Boise State Undergraduate Admissions Application Fee$50
Courses (36-60 total credits @ $350 per credit*)$12,500-$21,000
Books (12-21 total classes @ estimated $100 per class)$1,200-$2,100
Graduation Application Fee$20
Approximate Total Investment$13,770-$23,170
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with microphone and internet access, all of which are all required for this program.Varies
To earn a degree from Boise State University, students must complete 120 credits; 43-46 credits are typically foundation courses. University Foundation courses and costs may vary.

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How Do I Apply To This Program?

To qualify for the Online Public Health program you must have:

  • Acceptance to Boise State University
  • At least 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution with at least a cumulative 2.25 GPA or higher
    OR have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science
    OR core certification from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Please note, some of the program courses require pre-requisite coursework. Students who do not meet the credits required or the pre-reqs for courses should explore our Online Degree Pathway or contact a Student Success Coach for more information on how to get started.

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Connect With A Coach

We’re here to help! From deciding if an online degree is right for you to figuring out what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a Student Success Coach is the best place to start.

Please note, students are required to meet with a Student Success Coach before being admitted to the program.

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What Classes Will I Take?

The online Bachelor of Arts in Public Health degree curriculum table shows the courses required for the program. In addition, certain University Foundations courses are required to earn a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. These foundation courses may be met through transfer coursework or will be incorporated into your program of study at Boise State.

If you are not planning to transfer credits, the Online Degree Pathway or an associate degree from Boise State Online can help you get started.

Course NumberTitleCredits Hours
PUBH 210Health Services Administration3
PUBH 230Introduction to Environmental Health3
PUBH 240Foundations of Health Education and Promotion3
PUBH 303Foundations of Public Health3
PUBH 310Evidence-based Public Health3
PUBH 315Public Health Policy and Ethics3
PUBH 318Public Health Analysis3
You will work with your advisor based on your goals and credit needs to determine which courses you need. Choose from one to seven courses from the following:

Public Health Track
PUBH 355 Human Health and Disease
PUBH 365 Quality Improvement and Performance Management
PUBH 419 Public Health Communications
PUBH 420 Strategic Planning and Project Management
PUBH 460 Determinants of Health
PUBH 470 Collaborating for Change

Health Education and Promotion Track
PUBH 342 Health Education Promotion Methods
PUBH 344 Health Behavior Theory and Practice
PUBH 440 Health Education and Promotion Programming

PUBH 382Research Methods in Health3
PUBH 418Advanced Public Health Analysis3
PUBH 455Public Health Project2
PUBH 480Epidemiology3
HLTH 400Interprofessional Capstone (FF)1
PUBH 488Student Outcomes Assessment0
Electives to total 120 credits26-47
Additional academic credits and foundational courses. *These may be previously earned academic credits or transfer courses. Talk with your advisor to find out more.60
Total semester credits earned/needed for a bachelor’s degree from Boise State120

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Is The Public Health Program Military Student Ready?

Yes! The Boise State Bachelor of Arts in Public Health is equipped to accommodate military service members. Whether you are active-duty, a veteran or a civilian, Boise State’s Public Health program is here to support you as you earn your bachelor’s degree.

  • We apply your military credits towards your degree
  • We collaborate with you while you’re deployed to accommodate your schedule
  • When using a combination of TA and TA Promise, your tuition may be 100% covered
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Public Health is an approved AU-ABC program

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Admitted Students - Schedule Advising

Once you’ve completed your program orientation, you’ll be assigned a Student Success Advisor. Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. Together you will discuss and develop a plan for your degree.

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Bachelor of Public Health Students - Fall 2022

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Boise State Online Bachelor of Public Health students can be found across the nation.

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This Is Public Health

In this video, hear from Boise Fire Dept. Captain Ashley Rosenbaum about how her degree in public health has benefitted her as a firefighter.

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