From disaster relief to disease prevention and child-wellness programs, public health professionals facilitate the conditions for a healthy, productive, and safe society. Create a positive effect on local, national, or international communities with Walden’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health.
The BS in Public Health degree may be the ideal tool to help you create meaningful social change in your community and in the world. This program helps prepare you to meet the growing need for formally trained, caring public health professionals who can address critical 21st-century global health challenges to improve the health of populations. Rooted in the principles and competencies of public health, the curriculum prepares students to translate and apply course content into practice. Students learn about a range of issues impacting population health and healthcare systems, including environmental health, disease prevention, global health, ethics, health management, and behavioral and cultural issues.
Choose to complete a general program of study (which allows students to apply transfer credit) or select a concentration to deepen the understanding of a pertinent area of public health. Gain “real world” experience by choosing to complete an optional service learning project, field experience, or study abroad opportunity. This program also provides a solid foundation for individuals who would like to pursue an advanced degree in public health, such as the Master of Public Health (MPH) or doctorate in public health.
Note: The BS in Public Health program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.
The Health Promotion and Wellness concentration in the BS in Public Health program has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Walden enrollment specialists can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she resides. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES exam, students should visit www.nchec.org.
Roman numerals in parentheses at the end of each learning outcome indicate alignment to the Walden University outcomes.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
See the General Education general education section of this Walden University Catalog.
Note: At least three general education courses taken must be taken at the 3000 level or higher, including SOCI 4080.
Tempo Learning® is Walden’s competency-based education modality, an alternative way of earning a Walden degree offered for some Walden programs. Instead of courses, the Walden Tempo Learning® program is comprised of competencies and rigorous assessments. Students progress through the Tempo Learning® model by successfully passing competency assessments. A student must successfully achieve or master all competency assessments to graduate from the program.
Students earn the same Walden degree whether they choose the course-based or the competency-based modality.
See the General Education section of this Walden University Catalog.
Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000- or 4000-level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.
These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.
Students choosing the competency-based program are to select 10 or five additional courses (based on their concentration) to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from General Education, BS in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Elective credits should total 50 or 25 to meet the program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.
In an effort to ensure competencies are kept up to date and relevant to meet the learning outcomes of the program, the number and subject matter of individual competencies needed to satisfy program course requirements may change. However, program outcomes and the number and subject matter of courses will not be impacted. As a result, the required competencies listed in a student’s individual learning plan may differ from what is currently listed in the catalog.
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