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Public Health Classes and Scheduling

Flexible Full- or Part-time Options

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Public Health is offered online only and there is no clinical requirement associated with this program.
  • Classes run for seven weeks and you can complete the degree at a flexible full-time or part-time pace that works for your schedule.
  • Students attending full-time can complete the program in under two years.

Content on this page is provided as a quick reference for planning your academic schedule. All official course descriptions and degree requirements are published on the undergraduate catalog site.

Classes and Scheduling Options

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

PUBH 210 Health Services Administration

Overview of the health care industry and the issues that confront this dynamic system, including the changing roles of components of the system as well as technical, economic, political and social forces responsible for those changes.

PUBH 230 Introduction to Environmental Health

Introduces students to the field of environmental health, which is dedicated to protecting human health by preventing harmful exposures in the environment. Covers the major sources of environmental pollution and how contaminants in our air, water, soil, and food can cause disease and illness in the population. Students will also learn the important role played by local health departments in protecting the public from these harmful exposures. Major regulations and other strategies for eliminating or reducing environmental exposures that put our health at risk are presented.

PUBH 240 Foundations of Health Education and Promotion

Fundamental concepts, theories and direction of health education and promotion fields. Exploration of career opportunities and future trends in health promotion.

PUBH 303 Foundations of Public Health

Introduction to the online BA in Public Health (BAPH). Offers an introduction to public health and explores different disciplines within the field. The course will address the social determinants of health and explain how they influence personal and community health.

PUBH 310 Evidence-based Public Health

Evidence-based Public Health provides advanced study in public health prevention strategies, with an emphasis on coalition development, assessment, and evaluation of community-based prevention and health promotion strategies.

PUBH 315 Public Health Policy and Ethics

Survey of the policy and legal issues related to public health, health care delivery, and environmental health. Examination of how the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government at federal, state, and local levels interact and create law. Focuses on public policy and transformational ethics as a tool to improve population health, interactions between private and public sector, and legal issues health professionals commonly encounter.

PUBH 318 Public Health Analysis

Introduction to statistics and data analysis including descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, risk and odds, categorical data analysis, hypothesis testing, correlation, linear regression. Emphasis on quantitative reasoning, problem solving, communicating ideas, and applications in public health. Includes use of Excel and calculators to handle computations.

PUBH 382 Research Methods in Health

Design of experiments, methods of analysis, interpretation and communication of results, and use of research to support evidence-based practice.

PUBH 418 Advanced Public Health Analysis

Continuation of PUBH 318 topics include multiple linear regression, ANOVA designs, post hoc tests, categorical data analysis, time-series, forecasting, and non-parametric data analysis. Emphasis on data and analytic methods in Public Health, quantitative reasoning, data integrity, data manipulation, interpretation of research findings in the literature and use of results to make informed decisions. Use of Excel and other statistics software packages to handle analyses.

PUBH 455 Public Health Project

Synthesis of public health concepts into developed projects within various health care venues.

PUBH 480 Epidemiology

Study of the distribution and determinants of disease within human populations.

PUBH 488 Student Outcomes Assessment

Seniors in the Department of Community and Environmental Health are required to take an exit survey and participate in professional and career-building activities. Additional certification exams will be provided by emphasis areas.

HLTH 400 Interprofessional Capstone

Students, working in interdisciplinary teams, engage in problem solving and communication activities that address current health related issues, Limited to COHS majors.

Public Health Track Courses

PUBH 355 Human Health and Disease

Introduction to practices of health and wellness emphasizing lifestyles and measures of health. This course will cover general concepts related to the human body and chronic and infectious diseases, as well as how organ systems are affected by disease.

PUBH 365 Quality Improvement and Performance Management

Provides an overview of methods and efforts to achieve measurable improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, performance, accountability, outcomes, and other indicators of quality in services or processes, which achieve equity and improve the health of the community.

PUBH 419 Public Health Communications

Familiarizes students with the prominent theories, issues, and topics in the field of health communication with a range of topics, including illness and health, historical and contemporary issues, patient and provider experiences, cultural differences in health, public awareness/prevention/intervention campaigns, and the role of media and relationships in health communication.

PUBH 420 Strategic Planning and Project Management

Terminology, concepts, and forms used in both strategic planning and project management. Focuses on the similarities and differences between strategic planning (short and long term planning) and project planning (specific business activity that has a beginning and end).

PUBH 460 Determinants of Health

Provides a comprehensive understanding of the environmental, social, and cultural factors that influence health. This course will cover topics, theories, and public health methods associated with determinants of health. Topics include gender, ethnicity/race, relationships, socioeconomic status, built environment, community, political systems, stress and adverse childhood experiences, and culture their influences on individual and community health.

PUBH 470 Collaborating for Change

Social change and community work relies on cross-sector collaboration. This course investigates key tools and theories that empower and engage communities to address their own issues.

Health Education and Promotion Track

PUBH 342 Health Education Promotion Methods

Examines effective methods for assessing and planning health promotion programs. Topics include developing objectives, selecting interventions and presenting health programs.

PUBH 344 Health Behavior Theory and Practice

Evidence-based health interventions have a sound theoretical basis. Learn about the social and environmental influences that impact the initiation, maintenance, and change of health behaviors. Learn how to apply these principles when creating interventions focused on improving health and preventing disease.

PUBH 440 Health Education and Promotion Programming

Utilizes the principles of health education and promotion programming and development to plan, implement, and evaluate a community-focused health program.


Boise State maintains authorization to offer online programs in Idaho and beyond. Detailed information about state authorization is available on the eCampus Center website.

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