Help create safer, healthier environments with a public health bachelor’s degree from Walden.

You want to make the world a healthier place. We’ve developed a Bachelor of Science in Public Health program that can help you achieve it. A BS in Public Health program focuses on developing essential skills that can be applied across a range of settings to work toward health equity and community wellness.

Why Pursue Your BS in Public Health at Walden?

  • Gain job-focused skills that employers want: Be ready to hit the ground running in today’s employment market through curriculum aligned with professional association standards.
  • Prepare for CHES certification: Those who choose the Health Promotion and Wellness concentration will engage in coursework specially developed to prepare you for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
  • Personalize your career path: Choose the General Program or one of three BS in Public Health concentration options, allowing you to match your program of study with your professional passion.
  • Earn your degree your way: With three completion options, you can pursue a bachelor’s in public health in a way that makes sense for your life, budget, and learning style.

You’ve Got Choices

Choose from three degree completion options, depending on your schedule and education goals:

Competency-Based Learning

Competency-Based Learning
You've spent years helping people lead healthier lives. Now you can leverage that real-world work experience to potentially earn your degree faster. Designed for working professionals, a bachelor's in health services competency-based option lets you control your tuition costs and progress at a pace that fits your busy life. Learn on your schedule and gain skills you can apply immediately on the job.

Promote Healthier Lives

From chronic disease to the opioid crisis, public health issues are an ongoing priority for the nation. Walden’s BS in Public Health program emphasizes knowledge that can be applied across a range of settings to promote social justice and healthier communities. Explore the challenges impacting population health and healthcare systems today—and gain skills that can open new doors in your career.

Learning Outcomes

This bachelor’s in public health program helps prepare graduates to:

  • Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public health, including the infrastructure and organization of public health systems.
  • Critically examine the role of public health in protecting and promoting the health of populations locally and globally.
  • Analyze social, political, and economical issues which impact public health and healthcare delivery systems within and outside of the U.S.
  • Explain the biological effects of infections and chronic diseases on the human body.
  • Explain basic epidemiological principles used to study patterns of disease and injury among diverse populations.
  • Evaluate health-related research and research methods.
  • Analyze the theoretical models including how social, behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors impact behavior change.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to create effective public health programs and services (including program planning, healthcare management, and program evaluation).
  • Analyze legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that impact public health practice.
  • Articulate how public health policy is developed and how individuals and groups influence policy change.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and problem-solving skills necessary for addressing contemporary global public health issues and to promote social change.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a BS in Public Health?

Turn Your Passion for Helping Others Into a Fulfilling Career

From preventing heart disease to ensuring food safety, America is currently facing a host of public health challenges. Health educators and community health workers help educate populations about behaviors that prevent illness, foster wellness, and promote a better quality of life. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of these professionals is expected to grow by 16% through 2026—much faster than the average for all occupations.

Be a Force of Positive Change

Walden’s BS in Public Health online program can prepare you to make a difference by cultivating healthier communities. You’ll be positioned for rewarding career roles in a range of settings, including:

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

Career options include:

  • Director of rehabilitation
  • Public administrator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community health worker
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Health services manager
  • Health officer
  • Operations manager
  • Program director
  • Public health emergency preparedness coordinator
  • Public health program specialist
  • Public health information officer

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


Beyond the Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate Into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete your master’s program with up to 50% fewer credits, since you begin the coursework while earning your bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.


Bruce Furr

Bruce Furr

PhD in Public Health / MPH Graduate
Immediately after my MPH practicum, I intend to pursue my Ph.D. in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology at Walden. I want to teach as well as pursue epidemiologic research studies to contribute to contemporary issues in public health in the United States and around the world.
Walden’s social change mission was very inspiring and guided me throughout my study.
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden University is that I am in control of my future.
Edward Irobi MPH Graduate / PhD in Public Health Student
Edward Irobi
Raymond Chimezie PhD in Public Health Graduate
Ray Chimezie
Tira Wallace MPH Student
Tira Wallace

1Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option. If you start the BS in Healthcare Management, BS in Public Health, or BS in Health Studies program anytime in 2019, please note that the earliest you can complete the program is December 31, 2019.

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Educators and Community Health Workers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

Note on Certification
The BS in Public Health program with the Health Promotion and Wellness concentration has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES exam, students should visit

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