Protect the health of public populations across the globe by earning your B.S. in Public Health through SDSU’s Online Degree Completion Program. Designed in partnership with SDSU’s School of Public Health, this two-year program is designed to help you earn a valuable degree that will prepare you for a career that bridges the gap between biological and social sciences. You’ll learn how to solve healthcare-related problems, communicate health strategies to diverse populations, and develop programs that will promote health equity and community wellness.

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Fall 2021: Oct. 1-April 30

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Due to popular demand, we’ve opened a special Public Health 101 session this summer for anyone interested in starting the B.S. in Public Health degree completion program in fall 2021. Completing Public Health 101 with a grade of B (3.0) or better will satisfy the admission requirement for this course.

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Earning your B.S. in Public Health through the SDSU Global Campus Online Degree Completion program will prepare you to develop, implement, and assess public health programs that affect diverse populations in a variety of settings.

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About the program

Protect the health of populations across the globe by earning your B.S. in Public Health through SDSU’s Online Degree Completion program. Designed in collaboration with SDSU’s School of Public Health, this two-year program can help prepare you for a career that bridges the gap between biological and social sciences. You’ll learn how to solve healthcare-related problems, communicate health strategies to diverse populations, and develop programs that will promote health equity and community wellness.

Estimated CostTotal Estimated Cost
$28,728-$31,920
Completion Time Completion Time
2 Years
Course Format Course Format
Online

Through interactive courses taught by healthcare professionals, you’ll gain the knowledge and the skills will help you stand out in an increasingly competitive job market. You’ll also learn how to serve all members of your community with dignity and respect, especially in communities that are underserved and under-resourced. And with the option to take all your courses online, you won’t have to put your life on hold to earn your degree.

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What Is A Degree Completion Program?

This degree completion program is specifically designed for students who have started, but not finished, their four-year undergraduate degree. If you've completed 60 transferable units, satisfied all CSU requirements, and have a 2.9+ GPA, you can earn a valuable degree from San Diego State University that fits your busy schedule.

This program is designed for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, we will not be able accept your application for this program.

Program is perfect for

SDSU’s online Bachelor of Public Health program will help degree completion candidates find entry-level and mid-level employment opportunities across the public and private sector. From hospitals and health clinics to business organizations and government agencies, you’ll be able to make healthcare-related recommendations and implement equity-based changes within your organization and your community.

Candidates will be able to compete for jobs in a variety of fields across public health and its related disciplines, including:

Healthcare Administration and Management
Occupational Safety and Compliance
Health Education and Counseling
Civil and Safety Engineering
Youth and Career Counseling
Project and Program Management
Registered/Practical Nursing
Chemical and Physical Science
Health and Medical Research
Business Analysis
Academia
Data Analysis and Mathematics
Healthcare-Related IT
Human Resources

Many students choose to continue their education through a graduate-level Master of Public Health program at SDSU Global Campus or elsewhere.

This intensive degree completion program is offered entirely online, which makes it ideal for working professionals and students who can’t attend courses on a college campus. Through online courses led by expert instructors from SDSU’s School of Public Health, you’ll develop a foundational knowledge that you can use to increase your standing on the job market, gain entry into graduate school, and gain a global perspective on the fields of public health. Upon graduation, you’ll receive the same valuable degree as SDSU’s on-campus students — a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences in Public Health from San Diego State University.

What you can learn

Through online courses designed and delivered by faculty from the School of Public Health, SDSU’s B.S. in Public Health Program focuses on building your foundational knowledge across six major domains of public health:

  1. Health Promotion and Behavior
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Statistics
  4. Environmental Health
  5. Health Services Administration
  6. International/Global Health

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Upon graduation, you’ll be able to demonstrate knowledge and basic competencies across all six of these essential areas of public health.

The curriculum will teach you how to work with public health organizations, researchers, and diverse communities to achieve a variety of public health goals, from fighting infectious outbreaks to developing healthcare programs and infrastructure in underserved communities. You’ll learn how to understand and address population-level health concerns through the collection, use, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. You’ll examine the basic legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of health care and health policy.

The program includes a cross-cultural component. As part of your curriculum, you will be required to participate in a pre-approved international experience to increase awareness of cross-cultural issues relating to public health and health inequity. You’ll focus on the economic, political, cultural, social, and health-related challenges experienced by local populations in international environments. You’ll be able to draw comparisons between public health in the U.S. and health systems in other countries, and you’ll develop an understanding of how to develop programs and solutions that address health discrepancies across the globe.

Outcomes

Labor Analysis
B.S. In Public Health — Nationwide

Job Postings
Job Postings
Last 12 months
260,979

Projected Growth
Projected Growth
Over 10 years
+10.6%

Salary Range
Salary Range
Average
$69,470


Source: BLS & Burning Glass Technologies, 2020

Job Postings — Top 5 Positions

Healthcare Administrators and Managers

143,766

Occupational Safety and Compliance

34,608

Health Education and Counseling

33,002

Civil and Safety Engineering

14,841

Youth and Career Counseling

3,749

Salary Ranges — Top 5 Positions

Healthcare Administrators and Managers

$63,000-$87,000

Occupational Safety and Compliance

$57,000-$77,000

Health Education and Counseling

$51,000-$61,000

Civil and Safety Engineering

$70,000-$86,000

Youth and Career Counseling

$32,000-$44,000

A B.S. in Public Health is an incredibly versatile degree, and graduates will have a wide range of positions to choose from. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates holding a Bachelor’s in Public Health are prepared to work in a variety of fields ranging from healthcare administration and nursing to health education and counseling.

Nationwide, employment opportunities for individuals holding a B.S. in Public Health topped 260,000 over the past 12 months, and those figures are expected to grow by 10% over the next decade.

Salary is largely dependent on experience and profession; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for someone with a B.S. in Public Health who has 0-2 years of professional experience is around $60,000 per year. These numbers can top $100,000 per year for someone with 6 or more years of experience in a public health-related field.

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Why Should You Choose Us?

Versatility

SDSU’s Public Health Degree Completion program is a general public health program with an emphasis in behavioral health. The curriculum focuses on six different public health disciplines — epidemiology, environmental health, occupational health, health services administration, and behavioral science — which will give you a broad knowledge of public health that’s applicable to many different career paths. The program takes a unique international approach, examining public health issues with a global perspective. With this degree, you’ll be able to enter virtually any job market with an edge on the competition.

Accessibility

SDSU’s Public Health program can help degree completion candidates earn a valuable degree from a reputable university on their busy schedule. Millions of people across the country have some college credits, but never finished their degree or certificate program. With online courses led by the same instructor that teach courses on campus, you’ll be able to earn a high-quality degree that works for you.

Reputation

SDSU’s School of Public Health (SPH) is one of four CEPH-accredited schools of public health in California. Through partnerships with the UC San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, and other health organizations, the SPH has a reputation as a leader in public health research. The SPH also provides assistance to healthcare organizations, governmental agencies, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, multinational organizations, and our own academic community on matters of public health. As a student, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the SPH’s connections with San Diego County Public Health Services, along with a robust alumni network.

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In order to earn your B.S. in Public Health, you’ll need to complete the following:

  • A minimum of 54 Upper Division units, which include:
    • 39 Units of Required Upper Division Courses
      • 9 General Education Exploration Units
      • 3 Units of Practice or Pre-Professional Courses
    • 15 Units of Electives
      • 3 Units of International Experience
    • 3-6 Writing Proficiency Units (if applicable)
  • 3 Units of International Experience
  • 3-6 Writing Proficiency Units (if applicable)
  • 9 General Education Exploration Units

Required Courses for the Major (39 Units)

PH 300: Professionalism and Public Health
PH 302: Communicable and Chronic Disease
PH 304: Environment and Public Health
PH 305: Medical Care Organization and Delivery
PH 306: Public Health Research
PH 307: Applied Biostatistics in Public Health
PH 401: Biological Basis of Disease
PH 402: Public Health Communications
PH 450: Public Health Policy
PH 490A: Health Data Analysis
PH 490B: Planning Public Health Programs
PH 490C: Public Health Program Evaluation
PH 497: Supervised Specialization in Public Health (Pre-Practice Course)

Electives (15 Units)

GS 340 Confronting AIDS
PH 353 Human Sexuality and Disease
PH 496 Health Equity and Social Justice
PH 362 International Health (Meets International Experience Requirement - Online)
PH 550 Applied International Public Health (Meets International Experience Requirement - In-Person)

Writing Proficiency Requirements (3-6 Units)

RWS 280: Academic Reading & Writing* (3 units)
RWS 305W: Writing in Various Settings (3 units)

*May be waived if COVID-19 continues into fall admission

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Admission Requirements

Below is a list of general admission requirements for the B.S. in Public Health degree completion program.

Out-of-State Applicants
While we welcome out-of-state students, SDSU Global Campus currently cannot accept applications from students residing in the specific states. Please check back often, as this list of approved states does change. View the list of authorized states here.

We understand that every student's academic journey is unique, and we encourage you to contact one of our Student Service Representatives to find out what you'll need to successfully apply to the program.

  • In order to successfully apply to the program, you should:
    • Have a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (or 90 quarter) by the semester prior to transfer, which include:
      • 29 Lower Division Preparation Course Units:
        • Public Health 101
        • Public Health 290 or 292
        • Biology 100, 100L
        • Chemistry 100
        • Biology 212
        • Biology 211
        • Psychology 101
        • Statistics 119 or Sociology 201 or Psychology 280
        • Sociology 101
        • You should complete Public Health 101 and 290 with B (3.0) or higher
          You should complete all other courses with a C (2.0) or higher
          These courses are available through Open University for fall 2021. They should be complete cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC)
      • A minimum of 30 Units of General Education Courses
      • The Golden Four Requirement, which includes:
        • Oral Communication — complete a basic public speaking course or other communication course with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
        • Written Communication — complete a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
        • Critical Thinking — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
        • Mathematics — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units. Mathematics 150, 151, and 252 will satisfy this requirement
  • Complete the American Institutions Requirement
    • The American Institutions requirement is designed to demonstrate that students have an understanding of American history, the United States Constitution, and California state and local government.
  • Satisfy the CSU Mathematics Requirement
  • Pass the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10, or Rhetoric and Writing Studies 305W or Linguistics 305W with a grade of C (2.0) or better in your first semester once admitted to the program. Due to COVID-19, the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) has been temporarily suspended - please visit wpa.sdsu.edu for the latest information on this requirement.
  • Have an overall 2.90+ college GPA

Application Instructions

If you meet the admissions requirements and wish to apply, please complete an application through Cal State Apply.

A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants at the time of application.

Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided via Cal State Apply. You’ll need to provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer.

Please do not send your official transcripts unless you are offered admission.

Electronic transcripts are highly encouraged. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. If you are required to provide an email address to send the secure online document to SDSU, please use transcriptsforsdsu@sdsu.edu.

For more detailed admission requirements and other application information, please consult our Transfer Admissions Information.

Public Health Online Degree Completion

  Unit Cost Program Unit Range* Cost
Tuition $471 54-60 $25,434-$28,260
Fees ^
Associated Students $19 54-60 $1,026-$1,140
Technology $21 54-60 $1,134-$1,260
Student Engagement $21 54-60 $1,134-$1,260
Total Estimated Costs $532   $28,728-$31,920

* Everyone is unique, your admissions advisor will work with you to determine the right path that suits your needs.
^ Effective with newly admitted students Fall '21

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Courses

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2021 Summer
P H 0101 Introduction to Public Health
Epidemics, environment, and community health challenges, including educational, political, environmental, regulatory, and organizational factors that support health of population groups and communities.
Course Date(s)
May 24 - July 2
$1,470
Instructors
Kristen Emory