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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.


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.

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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
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.


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Job Postings — Top 5 Positions

Healthcare Administrators and Managers


Occupational Safety and Compliance


Health Education and Counseling


Civil and Safety Engineering


Youth and Career Counseling


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Healthcare Administrators and Managers


Occupational Safety and Compliance


Health Education and Counseling


Civil and Safety Engineering


Youth and Career Counseling


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?


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.


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.


SDSU’s School of Public Health (SPH) is one of four nationally 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.


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

  • A minimum of 51 Upper Division units, which include:
    • 36 Units of Required Upper Division Courses
    • 12 Units of Electives
    • 3 Units of Practice or Pre-Professional Courses
  • 3 Units of International Experience
  • 3-6 Writing Proficiency Units (if applicable)
  • 9 General Education Exploration Units
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Required Courses for the Major (36 Units)

PH 302: Communicable and Chronic Disease (3 Units)
PH 401: Biological Basis of Disease (3 Units)
PH 304: Environment and Public Health (3 Units)
PH 306: Public Health Research (3 Units)
PH 305: Medical Care Organization and Delivery (3 Units)
PH 307: Applied Biostatistics in Public Health (3 Units)
PH 300: Professionalism and Public Health (3 Units)
PH 450: Public Health Policy (3 Units)
PH 402: Public Health Communications (3 Units)
PH 490A: Health Data Analysis (3 Units)
PH 490B: Planning Public Health Programs (3 Units)
PH 490C: Public Health Program Evaluation (3 Units)

Upper Division Public Health Electives (12 Units)

Upper division Public Health electives in the online degree completion program will be selected from the SDSU catalog of approved electives by the Director of the School of Public Health and SDSU Global Campus each term, based on student interest, faculty availability, and those most appropriate for online delivery.

The Fall 2021 cohort will lead off with the following elective courses:

PH 353: Human Sexuality and Disease (3 Units)
PH 303: Health Behavior in Community Settings (3 Units)
PH 496: Health Equity and Social Justice (3 Units)
PH 362: International Health (3 Units)

Practice or Pre-Professional Courses (3 Units)

Practice Course (3 Units)
PH 497: Supervised Specialization in Public Health (3 Units)
Pre-Professional Course (3 Units)
Science courses selected with approval of academic adviser

International Experience (3 Units)

PH 550: Applied International Public Health (3 Units)
In-Person International Experience Option (not yet available)

Writing Proficiency Requirements (3-6 Units)

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

General Education Explorations Courses (9 Units)

Natural Sciences (3 Units)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 Units)
Humanities (3 Units)


Admission Requirements

  • To be fully qualified for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Online Degree Completion Program, you must:
    • 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 must complete Public Health 101 and 290 with B (3.0) or higher
          You must complete all other courses with a C (2.0) or higher
          These courses are available through Open University for fall 2021. They must 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. Please visit 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 must 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.

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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