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Public Health, BS (Online)

CBU's online Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program prepares candidates to advance professionally as effective, innovative and ethical health care leaders.

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Program Intro

Change lives and make a difference in the local, national and global health community. Curriculum in CBU's online BS in Public Health program is focused on core disciplines within the scope of public health practice including epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science, environmental and occupational health and curriculum design in health education.

48 Units

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16 Months to Completion

*Based on a full-time course load and prior completion of general education and elective requirements

$520 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your BS in Public Health (Online) at CBU?

Learn to Manage Local and Global Health Crises

Professionals in public health practice around the world are facing challenges — familiar, new and emerging. Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity continue to be leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and beyond. Infectious diseases such as influenza, pneumonia and the HIV/AIDS pandemic continue to be problematic causes of mortality on a global-scale while emerging epidemics such as H1N1 influenza, SARS, avian influenza and Ebola virus have pandemic potential, capturing the attention of the public and of public health professionals alike. Learn how to manage such health crises on a local and global scale, helping thousands or even millions of people across your career.

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Program Details

Consistent with the university student outcomes, upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences. (CEPH)
  2. Locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information. (CEPH)
  3. Plan individual and population-based health education.
  4. Implement and assess individual and population-based health education.
  5. Conduct research and evaluation related to public health.
  6. Demonstrate cultural competence.
  7. Integrate a Christian perspective as it relates to health and wellness.

HSC 305: Epidemiology

Principles and methods used to investigate the distribution, determinants, and prevention strategies for disease in human populations.

HSC 320: Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity

This course introduces concepts of nutrition as they relate to nutritional needs, practices and problems throughout the life cycle, nutritional counseling and education of individuals/groups toward health promotion and disease prevention.

KIN 302: Contemporary Health Issues

Major areas include personal, family, and community health, including the effects of alcohol, dangerous drugs and narcotics, degenerative and infectious diseases, and tobacco on the human body. Exploration of community resources related to health issues is offered.

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Marshare Penny, Dr.P.H.

Clinical Professor of Public Health

Office Phone: 951-552-8385
E-mail: mpenny@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H144

Dominick Sturz, DrPH

Professor of Public Health
Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Retention, College of Health Science

Office Phone: 951-552-8619
E-mail: dsturz@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Sciences Campus, H143

Melissa Wigginton, DrPH, CHES

Professor of Health Science

Office Phone: 951-552-8537
E-mail: mwigginton@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H-138

Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

CBU Online has received various awards and has been ranked in the top 50 in the nation - best online bachelor’s degree category by U.S. News & World Report for 7 consecutive years.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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When you complete and submit your application to CBU, a friendly and knowledgeable admissions counselor will guide you through the admissions process and all the necessary steps to become a Lancer.

CBU accepts applications for online enrollment throughout the year, and most online degree programs can start at 6 semester entry points per calendar year.

Online Semester Classes Begin
Summer 2024 - Session 2 July 1
Fall 2024 - Session 1 September 2
Fall 2024 - Session 2 October 28
Spring 2025 - Session 1 January 6
Spring 2025 - Session 2 March 3
Summer 2025 - Session 1 May 5
Summer 2025 - Session 2 June 30

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Career Possibilities

  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Administrator

*Some career options may require further education.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!