Public health professionals

Bachelor of Science in Public Health Online


Understand how to promote and protect health using data-driven solutions to improve public health outcomes at the individual, community, and population levels. Gain expertise in each of the public health core disciplines.

Next Apply Date: 5/14/24
Next Class Start Date: 5/28/24
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Next Apply Date: 5/14/24
Next Class Start Date: 5/28/24

Program Overview


Promote and protect health with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Learn how to promote and protect health with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from A-State. This online program is ideal for those seeking to understand the factors that create health inequity and find data-driven solutions to improve public health outcomes.

The B.S. in Public Health degree offers education and training in the five core public health disciplines: Biostatistics; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology; Health Policy; Management; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The curriculum focuses on population health, health equity, global health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and research methods.

Gain hands-on experience that will help you stand out to employers. Prepare for a career in healthcare management, epidemiology, community health, health data science or health education in a flexible, affordable format created for working adults.

Gain the knowledge and industry-relevant skills employers seek:

  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Problem solving
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Problem solving

Prepare for a broad range of public health roles, including:

  • Public Health Programs Manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Public Health Research Associate
  • Research Program Manager
  • Public Health Programs Manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Public Health Research Associate
  • Research Program Manager

Gain the knowledge and industry-relevant skills employers seek:

  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Problem solving
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Problem solving

Also available:

A-State offers a variety of undergraduate programs in a convenient online format. Explore our full range of online undergraduate programs.

Per Credit Tuition: $276
Transfer Credits: Up to 90 hours
Credit Hours 120
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Tuition


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A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $276
Per Course: $828

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Calendar


Mark these important dates and deadlines

Our B.S. in Public Health online program is flexible and convenient—featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

Please note Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms are 5 weeks in duration for this program.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring 23/4/242/19/242/23/242/29/243/1/244/26/24
Summer 15/28/245/14/245/17/245/23/245/24/246/27/24
Summer 27/2/246/18/246/21/246/27/246/28/248/1/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/15/248/16/2410/4/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 5/14/24
Start Class 5/28/24

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Admissions


Check the admission requirements for this B.S. in Public Health

Arkansas State University has a streamlined admission process that makes it easy for you to enroll in the B.S. in Public Health online program. Enrollment specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • 2.0 GPA for transferring credits

There are several paths to admittance at A-State:

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:
    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State

Note: If you’re admitted as non-traditional first-time freshman, you may be required to successfully complete a predesignated curriculum of 12 hours (Certificate or Non-Degree). Upon successful completion, you will be transitioned to a degree seeking program.

  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grad point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class
    Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.
    1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
    2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
    3. Submit all official college transcripts.
    4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
    5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).
    Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores. If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we’ll be happy to help answer questions.

Courses


Find out more about what you will learn in this online program

To earn your B.S. in Public Health, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 50 credit hours of Public Health major courses, 35 credit hours of general education courses and 35 credit hours of electives. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Freshmen students are required to take a 3-hour Making Connections course. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Students must take all of the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Communication in healthcare settings. Major topics include patient provider interaction, information dissemination, cultural concerns, ethical issues, and social support.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Fundamental structures and operations of the United States health care system and its differences from other established health care models across the world. Provides an overview of health care services, delivery, financing, trends and consequences.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Teaching and “coaching” patients toward managing, mitigating, and/or preventing health dysfunctions encountered by citizens of the Delta region. Examines the impact health promotion and preventive practices have on the quality of life across the life span.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of the unique features of public health in the rapidly changing US and global health care delivery system from a population, global health perspective.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of traditional, emerging, and controversial issues associated with environmental health.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as well as some of the basic techniques of public health and evidence-based medicine.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of foundational public health knowledge including key terms and concepts, the 10 Essential Public Health Services, and the five core disciplines (epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental health sciences, and social and behavioral sciences).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Important health challenges facing the world including the environmental, social, political, and economic factors that shape patterns and experiences of illness and healthcare across societies, cultures, and countries.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles of biostatistics and application of statistical methods used in public health and medical research. Concepts include descriptive data, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, group comparisons, measures of association, and regression; focus is on interpretation, rather than calculation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of public health institutions and systems, health policy and the policymaking process; application of policy analysis to population health, private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid at the local, state, and federal levels.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The concept of health equity and a broad overview of health disparities in the United States; examination of relevant historical issues and case studies, emphasizing critical analysis and application.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Concepts of public health practice and management including professionalism, health care systems management, finance, strategic planning, surveillance, performance management, social marketing, and evidence-based
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The process of developing, implementing, and assessing public health interventions, incorporating health behavior change theories and concepts, case studies, and application.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The biological, genetic, behavioral, social, physical, and structural determinants of health, and how these factors impact individuals, communities, and populations.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation; emphasis on application and development of public health programs.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Fundamental principles of public health research design and methodology used for surveillance, monitoring, data collection, assessment, and reporting.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
For students in a variety of disciplines including the sciences, allied health fields, and education. Descriptive statistics for quantitative and qualitative data, normal distributions, correlation, linear regression, sample surveys, randomized comparative experiments, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing for means and proportions.

You must complete 35 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met and at least 3 hours are from 3000 or 4000 level courses.

You must take the following courses.

First-year course:

All first semester freshman students must take UC 1013: Making Connections (3 hours).

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses: ENG 1003 and ENG 1013.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which MATH 1023: College Algebra is a prerequisite.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of Arts courses (ART 2503, MUS 2503, or THEA 2503) and 3 credit hours of Humanities courses (ENG 2003, ENG 2013 or PHIL 1103).

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from HIST 2763, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Additional options are SOC 2213 and PSY 2013.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab (BIO 2203 and BIO 2201).

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab (CHEM 1043 and CHEM 1041).

Departmental Option Course Requirement:

This 3-hour course for the degree plan is chosen by the department, not the individual student (COMS 1203).

Duration: Varies Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to visual art for all students regardless of background or experience. Students learn how to develop cognitive and experiential responses to works of art. This course is for non-art majors and does not meet general education requirements for any degree in Art. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the biology of atoms, molecules, organelles and cellular functions, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems, interaction with external environment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The behavior of matter with respect to life processes, cells, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, cat anatomy, nerve and muscle preparations and recordings. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2203.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall only.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall only.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups, and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.
Duration: Varies Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The social, economic and political developments Social, economic, and political developments from Reconstruction to the present. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal training or experience. By exploring the history of Western Art music, learners will begin to connect the development of music with the changing of society and culture.
Duration: Varies Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
American politics. The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Human society and social behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Provides students with an appreciation of how various artistic elements combine to produce theatrical productions. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

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