BSPH - Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Prepare for a career where you can advocate for the wellbeing of communities and individuals.
- All courses are 100% online with mobile-friendly content
- Flexible schedule with accelerated and working professional options
- Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success
- Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation
BSPH - Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Our Communities Need Professionals Just Like You
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for public health professionals is on the rise. Between 2019 and 2029, employment for health education specialists and community health workers is expected to grow by 13%.1 Additionally, the demand for medical and health services managers is projected to grow by 32%.2
If it’s making news — public health professionals can help. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the AIDS crisis, from safe drinking water to waste management, nearly every health and environmental issue making news today has a public health component. Whether you want to work educating the public, advocating for better public health policies, or researching the spread of diseases, a bachelor’s degree is the first step towards a successful career in public health.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm
Gain a strong foundation for entry-level roles. A public health degree can help open the door to a variety of career opportunities. It can prepare you to work in community health centers, research organizations, and nonprofits, among others.
Our curriculum offers online flexibility so you can study when and where it’s convenient for you. This is a great option for students who plan on working while earning their degree.
Get access to one-on-one support every step of your journey, from admissions advisors, financial aid, and a dedicated Career Services team.
Take advantage of a variety of student resources designed for your success, from no-cost tutoring at our writing and math centers, to 24/7 technical support.
Why Do Students Choose WCU for their Bachelor’s in Public Health?
- Earn your BSPH in as little as 40 months at the accelerated program pace — that’s just over three years!
- All courses are 100% online with mobile-friendly content and 24/7 technical support
- Choose a pace that works for you with Accelerated and Working Professional options
- 24-hour access to library and courses
- Receive student support, including access to the dean, Career Services, Student Success advisor, and Admissions advisor
Support When You Need It
At WCU, you are not alone. WCU offers you the support and guidance to help achieve your professional goals. Our online classes are energizing, engaging and enriched with video content, simulations, adaptive quizzing and on-the-go resources — to help you stay connected wherever you are. WCU’s online Bachelor of Science in Public Health program is simple to navigate and easy to use while we support you with clear and continuous access to your instructors, peers, student services and our 24/7 technical support.
Students graduating from West Coast University’s BSPH program should be able to demonstrate the following:
- Analyze healthcare systems and policies, considering their legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions, and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.
- Apply principles of population health, including the science of human health and disease, to identify health-related needs, determinants of health disparities, and opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
- Incorporate existing knowledge in public health analyses, in recognition of the discipline’s focus on evidence-based practice.
- Demonstrate project planning skills, including needs assessment, goal setting, program design/development, implementation, and evaluation.
- Communicate public health messages effectively among diverse populations.
- Explain the history of public health, its philosophy, core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.
In order to be considered for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program at WCU, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Complete an online application for admissions.
- Participate in an interview with a University Advisor.
- Complete an enrollment agreement, consisting of program policies, costs, completion requirements, and other student obligations. If the applicant is under the age of 18, enrollment documents must be signed by a parent or guardian.
- Submit documentation of high school graduation or equivalent.
- Individuals with 15 or more college-level credits are required to have a 2.25 GPA in post-secondary education.
- Applicants with 15 or more college-level credits and a GPA of 2.0-2.24 may be considered for probationary admission after meeting the following admissions requirements:
- The applicant must provide a letter of intent.
- The applicant must be approved for admission following an interview with Program Dean/Director.
- The applicant must satisfy program prerequisites and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all coursework attempted over the first trimester (two terms). Students failing to meet these requirements following the first trimester (two terms) will be withdrawn from the university.
- Bachelor of Science in Public Health Transfer Credit Evaluation: Only undergraduate level courses in which a grade of C (70%) or better was received will be evaluated for transfer credit. A maximum of ninety (90) total credits may be considered for transfer, subject to the following criteria:
- A maximum of sixty (60) credits may be accepted from alternative credit options, such as CLEP/AP/IB/ACE, etc.
- A maximum of thirty (30) credits may be accepted from military training or work experience
- All undergraduate students must complete at least thirty (30) credits in-residence at West Coast University
- At least twenty-four (24) of the in-residence credits must come from core program courses
We’re here to help you succeed, from the moment you apply to beyond graduation. It all starts here.