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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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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.

Academic Calendar

How Much Does The BSPH - Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of BSPH - Bachelor of Science in Public Health tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the BSPH - Bachelor of Science in Public Health program costs at West Coast University.

We offer several BSPH - Bachelor of Science in Public Health financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Accelerated*

Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Total Program Credits 120
Program Length (full time) 10 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Veteran Rate1 Active Duty Rate2
General Education Courses (per credit x 69 credits) $460 $391 $250
Core Courses (per credit x 51 credits) $460 $391 $250
Total Tuition Cost $55,200 $46,920 $30,000
STRF3 $150 $130 $87.50
Technology Fee4 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees5 $50 $50 $50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $60,250 $51,970 $35,050
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $60,400 $52,100 $35,137.50


Working Professional*

Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Total Program Credits 120
Program Length (full time) 20 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Veteran Rate1 Active Duty Rate2
General Education Courses (per credit x 69 credits) $460 $391 $250
Core Courses (per credit x 51 credits) $460 $391 $250
Total Tuition Cost $55,200 $46,920 $30,000
STRF3 $162.50 $142.50 $100
Technology Fee4 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees5 $50 $50 $50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $65,250 $56,970 $40,050
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $65,412.50 $57,112.50 $40,150

* Upon enrollment, students select Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated will attempt two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course a term.

1 Rate provided to Veterans, Veteran Spouse, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

2 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Department of Defense employees.

3 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

4Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

5 Program supplies include WCU identification card and background check.

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.