B.S. in Public Health (Online)


Ensure the public's health and safety.

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 communities' concerns and mobilize partners to ensure the health of entire populations.

The B.S. in Public Health online program maintains the same high quality curriculum as the face-to-face program, but 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.


Students who complete bachelor degree requirements should be able 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.

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

General Education Requirements (42 credits)
Major Requirements (69 credits)

Public Health Courses (45 credits)
Introduction to Public Health
Environmental Health
Epidemiology in Public Health
Health Systems and Services
Public Health Seminar
Health Promotion, Marketing and Communications
Health Policy
Food Safety and Hygiene
Public Health Research
Emergency Preparedness
Global Health
Program Planning and Evaluation
Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
Internship/Capstone (6 credits)

Related Science/Math Courses (18 credits)
• BIO 105 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) 
• BIO 106 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) 
• BIO 206 Medical Microbiology (4 credits) 
• BIO One Elective
• MA 110 Introductory Statistics

Other Related Courses (6 credits)
PSY 101 General Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

General Electives (12 credits)

Degree Requirements -120 credits

*unless otherwise noted, all courses are three credits

Transfer Policy
Transfer students must complete at least half of the courses in the minor at Rivier University.


Introduction to Public Health
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of public health, using a cross-cutting systematic approach that incorporates a historical and modern day perspective on examining disease causation, social determinants of health, epidemiology, and prevention interventions for individual and population-based care. Prerequisites: BIO105, 106 

Environmental Health
This introductory course focuses on the physical, biological and human factors that affect the natural and built environment and the impact these factors have on the health of individuals and communities. This course will review global environmental concerns that address occupational health and safety, air and water quality, food safety, sanitation, and environmental justice. Prerequisite: PH101 

Epidemiology in Public Health
This course will examine the historical and current uses of epidemiology and the links between data, epidemiologic analysis, patterns of disease and injury in identifying public health problems, disease patterns, and the evaluation of effective interventions. Prerequisite: PH101 

Health Systems & Services
This course will explore the public health professional's role in healthcare and the public health workforce with special emphasis on managed care, organizational healthcare, public health systems, public health services and access to care at national and international levels. Prerequisite: PH101

Public Health Seminar  

This course offers a forum for presentations and case studies on environmental health, food safety, disease outbreaks, and health issues across the lifespan. These significant health issues will be taught by public health officials with expertise in these areas. Discussions will assist students in connecting theory to practice. Prerequisite: PH101 

Health Promotion, Marketing & Social Communications
This interactive course investigates communication theory and techniques, and marketing concepts utilizing mass media strategies to produce effective public health promotion messaging. Prerequisite: PH101 

Health Policy
This course explores public health policies through analysis of legal concepts, decision-making, and ethical reasoning, examining health policies implemented at state and governmental levels. Health policies will be examined and implemented at local, state, national, and international levels. Prerequisite: PH101 

Public Health Research
This course will research evidence-based public health interventions for efficacy and effectiveness. Practical strategies will be used to explore the design of qualitative and quantitative research questions and on population-based studies. Prerequisite: PH101 

Program Planning & Evaluation
This course will examine the elements of program development through identifying risk factors, analyzing data sets, reviewing cost effective interventions and program effectiveness using community assessment models for program planning and evaluation. Prerequisite: PH101 

Food Safety & Hygiene
This course will survey food safety practices, foodborne illnesses/outbreaks, and the importance of hygiene practice with safe food handling for preserving population health. Prerequisite: PH101 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness
This course will highlight approaches to national and international threats to health, issues of preparedness, response to natural disasters, and innovative approaches to addressing health problems across the globe. Prerequisite: PH101 

Global Health & Health Disparities
The course will address public health issues of national and international proportions. The focus area will include HIV, poverty, and exploring health disparities of vulnerable populations including women, infants, and children. Measuring health and socioeconomic development (equity and social justice) will be explored in conjunction with examining approaches to reducing morbidity and mortality. Prerequisite: PH101 

Communicable Disease & Non-Communicable Diseases
This course is an exploration of prevention, detection and control of communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases (diabetes, hypertension, cancer, obesity), unintentional injury, and violence. Prerequisite: PH101

Public Health Internship/Capstone
This course offers students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in public health practice at the local, state, national or international levels. The capstone project must meet the approval of the Program Director and Dean. Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director required.


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