BS in Public Health


The field of Public Health is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today. Currently in the United States there are over 1 million Public Health jobs in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Public Health field is projected to grow 20% by 2020, faster than the average.

This degree prepares students to work in Public Health careers promoting, educating, and protecting the health of a population. The program prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered through the National Committee on Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

The courses in this major are aligned with the health education/promotion core competencies. Those who complete the degree will be able to:

  • Assess Needs, Assets, and Capacity for Health Education
  • Plan Health Education
  • Implement Health Education
  • Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
  • Administer and Manage Health Education
  • Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
  • Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education



  • Public Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Specialist/Manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Research Coordinator
  • International Health Specialist
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Health Teacher Education< (May require additional education and/or certification)

With additional on-campus coursework (prerequisites), students may pursue some graduate programs for careers in:

  • Pharmacy*
  • Physical or occupational therapy*
  • Physician assistant*
  • Medicine*
  • Dentistry*
  • Chiropractic*
  • Veterinary Medicine*
  • Optometry*

*This career will require additional coursework than what is required by the Public Health major to meet prerequisite requirements. Most prerequisites are not offered online through BYU-Idaho. Additionally, most graduate health programs WILL NOT accept prerequisites that have been completed online.

To understand more about this program contact our online advising team at

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
HS 240 Introduction to Community Health 2
HS 280 Medical Terminology 2
HS 285 Hospital and Health Administration 3
NUTR 150 Essentials of Human Nutrition 3
HRHP 131 Personal Health and Fitness 2
BIO 264 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 264L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
HS 310 Environmental Health 3
HS 370 Epidemology 3
MATH 221B Biostatistics 3
HS 320 Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases 3
HS 390 Program Planning/Implementation 3
HS 391 Research Methods and Program Evaluation 2
HS 401 Community Health Methods 2
HS 420 Health Behavior Theories/Models 2
HS 498 Internship 1-3
ESS 375 Exercise Physiology 3
HS 460 Drugs of Use and Abuse 3
HS 472 Health Communications 3
HS 480 International Health 3
NUTR 200 Nutrient Metabolism* 3
PSYCH 111 General Psychology 3
SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology 3

* Prerequisites required


The BS in Public Health, Health Education and Promotion Emphasis can be taken entirely online. Students must complete 40 credits of required Foundations courses and 52 credits of major courses (listed below) plus 28 elective credits for a total of 120 credits. Review the course list below or check the University Catalog for specific degree requirements.

The time it takes to complete a BYU-Idaho online program depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. Most courses are worth two or three credits each. A certificate is comprised of 15-19 credits. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits. And a bachelor's degree is 120 credits.

BYU-Idaho online courses are designed around the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, with learning activities adapted to the online environment. The class progresses together through the semester and there is frequent interaction between students and with the instructor. Courses taught online and on-campus are based on the same learning objectives.

Students who meet admission requirements can apply to begin the next available semester. Visit our Online Admissions page for information about qualifications, application deadlines, and how to apply.