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Bachelor of Science in Public Health Online

Public Health professionals bring expertise and responsibility to many areas of healthcare. WCU offers a BSPH degree that can be completed 100% online.

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You must be a licensed registered nurse or have completed an associate degree of nursing to apply for the program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a bachelor's degree in a closely related field to apply for this program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree to apply for this program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree or a master's degree in a healthcare related field.

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BSPH Program Highlights

<p>Earn your online public health degree in as few as 40 months at the accelerated program pace, 100% online</p>

Earn your online public health degree in as few as 40 months at the accelerated program pace, 100% online

<p>Flexibility of virtual classroom and mobile-friendly content, including LinkedIn Learning</p>

Flexibility of virtual classroom and mobile-friendly content, including LinkedIn Learning

<p>Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation</p>

Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation

<p>Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify</p>

Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

Why an Online BSPH Degree?

In the public health field, you can make a difference for individuals and entire communities. WCU's online BSPH program is designed to help cultivate students' skills and knowledge of the public health field.

You’ll study legal, economic, ethical, and regulatory considerations that affect populations of all sizes, and work with government agencies to implement and inform public health policies.

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Additional Information About our BSPH Degree

Study on Your Schedule

Because we understand personal goals and life circumstances vary, we offer a range of timelines to your Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree completion.

Accelerated Pace
(40 Months)

This is a program for students eager to complete their online BSPH degree with speed. Online study is designed with consideration to location and schedule, and to create flexibility for students excited to complete a degree and prepare for a new career in public health.

Working Professional Pace (80 Months)

Our syllabus is also tailored to consider more complicated schedules, so we designed a course of study to accommodate working students, parents, and caretakers.

BSPH Curriculum

Preview your course of study toward a BSPH. You can see the number of credits needed and the number of months your online BSPH degree will take (depending on whether you choose an accelerated or working professional track). We recommend reviewing your prospective curriculum in detail, so you know what to expect:

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)

Academic Calendar

New academic sessions begin on average, depending on programs, every eight weeks, and typically last about six trimesters on the accelerated schedule.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Total program cost varies between the accelerated and working professional program paces. Either way, if tuition is an obstacle, WCU financial aid and/or scholarship options might be available to help you move forward. Adjusted tuition is also available to active and former military members. To see tuition breakdowns and estimated supply costs, click here to Learn More.

To apply for financial aid assistance or scholarships, click here to Learn More.

Career Services & Placement

Our Career Services department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online BSPH students and graduates.

A bachelor’s degree in public health provides a strong foundation for a variety of roles in public health. Whether you want to work educating the public, advocating for better policies, or researching the spread of diseases, bachelor's degree in public health is a great first step.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, community health workers can work in a range of settings, including:

  • Government facilities
  • Individual and family services
  • Grantmaking, civic, and similar organizations
  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Outpatient care centers1

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Outcomes for BSPH

As a BSPH student, you’ll receive instruction on both science and the ways that science is applied through government and healthcare regulation. Through the online BSPH program, you’ll gain the skills to be instrumental in delivering care and making meaningful changes in the system.

You’ll also get rigorous training in the systems and technology that have become instrumental and essential to public healthcare.

FAQs
Will my previous coursework transfer into the program?

WCU can evaluate your previous coursework for transfer credit for the BSPH program. You can work directly with your advisor to see which credits can be applied to your new degree.

Will I be able to complete my degree or certificate if I am working?

All our online programs have been designed to give you the flexibility you need to earn your degree. While due dates and assignments help keep you on track, you will have the flexibility to watch lectures and complete coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. You choose whether to study in the mornings, evenings, or weekends.

How long does it take to complete a BSPH degree online?

WCU's online BSPH program is offered at two different paces. The Accelerated BSPH program pace lets you get your online BSPH degree in as few as 40 months. The Working Professional Pace lets you earn your online BSPH degree in 80 months.

What is the curriculum for the BSPH program?

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) online program requires 120 credits for completion. These include general education courses, electives, and program core and track credits.

Sample general education courses include:

  • Written communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Life and Physical Sciences

Sample BSPH electives include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Healthcare Policy and Economics
  • Healthcare Payment Systems

Sample program core and track courses include:

  • Global Perspectives in Healthcare
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Public Health Communication
What are the goals of the BSPH program?

The goals of the online BSPH program include (but are not limited to) effectively communicating public health messages, analyzing healthcare systems and policies, and applying principles of population health to identify health-related needs. The public health bachelor degree program helps develop your project planning and implementation skills.

Can I get a BSPH degree online?

With WCU, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree 100% online through our flexible online BSPH program.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify, depending on your circumstances and degree. Among the scholarships offered are the Alumni Pathway Grant (covers up to 20% of tuition), the WCU Health Services Grant (covers up to 10% of tuition), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (covers up to 15% of tuition).

For additional information and eligibility requirements, please visit our online scholarships and grants page on our online catalog. 

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WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

WCU Distance education programs are delivered out of the Orange County and Texas campuses and may not be available to residents in all states.