B.S. in Public Health (Online)

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Advance the quality and access to community healthcare.

Public health professionals work to protect the health of communities through research, disease control, injury prevention, emergency preparedness, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and policy setting. They focus on reducing health disparities, improving healthcare equity, quality and access to services. Through monitoring and diagnosis of community problems, these professionals are able to address community needs and mobilize partners to ensure the health of entire populations.

The B.S. in Public Health online program offers working adults the flexibility to access coursework 24/7. Students are able to continue their educations while working full-time.

Program graduates will gain knowledge and develop skills to practice in multiple public health-related areas including, public health services, environmental services, epidemiology, and social and public policy.


Graduates of the program will be prepared to:

  •  Recognize the core values, concepts, and functions of public health in society and across the globe;
  •  Apply concepts of data collection methods and statistical analysis to inform evidence-based practices as an essential part of public health practice; 
  •  Identify population health challenges and prevention approaches to address community health issues;
  •  Demonstrate understanding of the science of human health and disease in promoting and protecting health across the life span; 
  •  Assess community dynamics to identify stakeholders and networks for collaborative partnerships for community approaches to community health;
  •  Construct and evaluate an effective health promotion message using critical thinking skills and creativity; 
  •  Interpret quantitative and qualitative research data using case study analysis;
  •  Evaluate the cultural context of program design and implementation effectiveness;
  •  Differentiate between the characteristics of the U.S. healthcare system and other countries;
  •  Discuss the importance of healthcare policy and concepts of legal, ethical and regulatory dimensions of healthcare, public health laws, and roles of government;
  •  Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills;
  •  Apply systems thinking approaches to develop effective public health programs. 

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Students in the Public Health program must complete at least half of the major credits at Rivier University.

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