Public Health BS

Chalkboard with arrows pointing to health.

The Undergraduate Degree Program for a Bachelor of Science in Public Health provides students with the skills necessary to understand the complex factors that influence the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations and to take a public health approach to addressing these factors to improve health outcomes for both individuals and societies.

What is public health?

Public health represents a growing and dynamic field with opportunities to address the world’s most pressing health problems. The discipline is a combination of both the science and art of advancing the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations through education, promotion of healthy behaviors, and research for disease and injury prevention. A person’s health is defined not only by genetics and personal choices, it’s also determined by the environment. Public health is all around us—where we live, work and play impact our health.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this program, you will be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Public Health

Explain the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.

Role and Importance of Data in Public Health

Explain and utilize the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and explain why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.

Identify and Address Population Health Challenges

Identify and design plans to address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations using the basic processes, approaches, and interventions of population health.

Human Health

Describe how the underlying science of human health and disease is necessary to provide opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.

Determinants of Health

Explain the relevance of the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, cultural, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities and utilize those elements to explain and design plans to address public health problems.

Project Implementation

Demonstrate use of the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation to conduct public health interventions.

Health Systems

Explain the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as the similarities and differences in systems of other countries. 

Health Policy, Law, Ethics and Economics

Explain basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, including applying those concepts to public health issues. Explain the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.

Health Communication

Demonstrate proficiency in the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.

Questions about the program?

Contact undergraduate advisement at or (716) 829-5000.