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BS in Health Science, Emphasis in Public Health

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This major prepares students to work in the public health sector in promoting, protecting and preserving the health of a population and performing government or other actions to accomplish these tasks. The program prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered through the National Committee on Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Students who wish to pursue this degree will study:

  • Epidemiology
  • Program Planning/Implementation
  • Health Communications
  • Public Speaking
  • Advanced Writing/Technical Communication

Career Opportunities

Public Health professionals will graduate prepared to take on careers working in local, state, and federal governments, university or pharmaceutical research, or in health-oriented nonprofits. Positions range from quality inspectors to educators to health policy makers to running research studies.

Students with this degree are suited for careers in the following areas.

  • Advanced/Graduate Dentistry/Oral Science
  • Chiropractic (DC)
  • Dentistry (Pre-Dentistry)
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Health Prof & Rel Clinical Science
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Records Administration
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy (Pre-Pharmacy)
  • Physical Therapy (Pre-Physical Therapy)
  • Public Health
  • Veterinary Medicine (Pre-Veterinarian)

For more career options, visit our Career and Academic Discovery Center.

Degree Overview

The BS in Health Science, Emphasis in Public Health degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete the 40 credits of required Foundations courses and 48 credits of major courses (listed below) plus up to 32 elective credits for a total of 120 credits. Review the course list below or check the University Catalog for specific degree requirements. Check course availability and offerings or contact us today at (208) 496-1800.


BS in Health Science, Emphasis in Public Health

Course Code Course Name Credits Availability
Take these courses:
BIO 264 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 *Currently Available
BIO 264L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1 *Currently Available
MATH 221B Bio Stats 3 *Currently Available
HS 240 Intro to Community Health 2 *Currently Available
HS 280 Medical Terminology 2 *Currently Available
Take 1 course:
HRHP 131  Health & Fitness 2 *Fall 2014
Take 12 credits:
BIO 221 General Microbiology 3 *Fall 2015
BIO 222 General Microbiology Lab 1
BIO 265 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 *Currently Available
BIO 265L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1 *Currently Available
CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry 4 *Currently 
PH 105 Introductory Applied Physics 1 4 *Fall 2014
Take these courses:
HS 320 Introduction to Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases 3 *Winter 2015
HS 370 Epidemiology 3 *Fall 2014
HS 390 Program Planning and Implementation 3 *Spring 2015
HS 472 Health Communications 3
Take this course:
HS 498 Internship 3 *Fall 2015
Take these courses:
HS 285 Hospital & Health Administration 3 *Currently Available
HS 310 Environmental Health 3 *Fall 2014
HS 391 Research Methods and Program Evaluation 2 *Winter 2015
HS 401 Health Promotion Methods 2 *Spring 2015
Take 1 course:
HS 460 Drugs of Use and Abuse 3 *Spring 2015
HS 480 International Health 3
*Note when courses are anticipated to be available. Dates are subject to change. Talk with your academic advisor when planning your schedule. Not all courses become available when the degree is opened for higher courses. Check individual course availability to see when each course is expected to be open.

How Long will this Program Take?

Our online degree program allows students the flexibility to finish their degree while balancing a busy life. Students can accelerate to graduation by taking courses year round or take a semester off when needed. Students must complete the program within eight years.

What are the Courses Like?

Online Courses at BYU-Idaho follow a similar format and have the same learning objectives as campus-based courses. Students should expect to interact with each other and participate in the learning model. Learn more about BYU-Idaho courses online.

Where do I Begin?

Students who meet the admission requirements can apply to be directly admitted into an online degree program. These students will start by taking the online orientation course, GS 111. This is a one-credit course offered every block that prepares students to succeed online and charts a course to graduation. Pathway students who complete Academic Start do not need to take GS 111.

Need Help?

Contact the Online Support Center:

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