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Public Health Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Curriculum

Classes are offered online only and there is no clinical requirement associated with this program

Classes run for 7 weeks and you can complete the degree at a flexible full-time or part-time pace that works for your schedule. Students attending full-time can complete the program in under two years.

  • Degree Requirements

    The below online Bachelor of Arts in Public Health degree curriculum shows the courses required for the program. In addition, certain University Foundations courses are required to earn a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. These foundation courses may be met through transfer coursework or will be incorporated into your program of study at Boise State.

    Course NumberTitleCredits Hours
    PUBH 210Health Services Administration3
    PUBH 230Introduction to Environmental Health3
    PUBH 240Foundations of Health Education and Promotion3
    PUBH 303Foundations of Public Health3
    PUBH 310Evidence-based Public Health3
    PUBH 315Public Health Policy and Law3
    PUBH 318Public Health Analysis3
    PUBH 342Health Education and Promotion Methods3
    PUBH 344Health Behavior Theory and Practice3
    PUBH 355Human Health and Disease3
    PUBH 365Quality Improvement and Performance Management3
    PUBH 418Advanced Public Health Analysis3
    PUBH 419Public Health Communications3
    PUBH 420Strategic Planning and Project Management3
    PUBH 440Health Education and Promotion Programming3
    PUBH 455Public Health Project2
    PUBH 460Determinants of Health3
    PUBH 470Collaborating for Change3
    PUBH 480Epidemiology3
    HLTH 382Research Methods in Health (FC)3
    HLTH 400Interprofessional Capstone (FF)1
    Sub-total60
    Additional academic credits and foundational courses60
    Total semester credits earned/needed for a bachelor’s degree from Boise State120

    University Foundations Courses

    These University Foundations courses may be met through transfer coursework, or they may be incorporated into your program of study at Boise State. They are required, in addition to the Online Public Health Degree curriculum noted above, in order to earn your bachelor’s degree.

    University Foundations Courses Required for a Bachelor’s Degree

    Course NumberTitleCredits
    ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing3
    ENGL 102Introduction to College Writing and Research3
    UF 100Foundations of Intellectual Life3
    UF 200Foundations of Ethics and Diversity3
    FM*Mathematics course3-4
    FN*Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course with lab4
    FN*Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
    FA*Arts course3
    FH*Humanities course3-4
    FS*Social Sciences course3
    FS*Social Sciences course in a second field3
    *Foundation Discipline (FD) courses are part of the Boise State University Foundations program. For more details and a list of available courses, see Online University Foundations Courses.
  • Course Descriptions

    HLTH 382 RESEARCH METHODS IN HEALTH
    Design of experiments, methods of analysis, interpretation and communication of results, and use of research to support evidence-based practice.

    HLTH 400 INTERPROFESSIONAL CAPSTONE
    Students, working in interdisciplinary teams, engage in problem solving and communication activities that address current health related issues, Limited to COHS majors.

    PUBH 210 HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
    Overview of the health care industry and the issues that confront this dynamic system, including the changing roles of components of the system as well as technical, economic, political and social forces responsible for those changes.

    PUBH 230 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
    Evaluates the impact that chemical, physical, and biological agents have on the public’s health and the environment. Examines how worldwide political, economic, and demographic diversity affects the public’s health and the natural environment.

    PUBH 240 FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND PROMOTION
    Fundamental concepts, theories and direction of health education and promotion fields. Exploration of career opportunities and future trends in health promotion.

    PUBH 303 FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH
    Introduction to the online BA in Public Health (BAPH). Offers an introduction to public health and explores different disciplines within the field. The course will address the social determinants of health and explain how they influence personal and community health.

    PUBH 310 EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH
    Evidence-based Public Health provides advanced study in public health prevention strategies, with an emphasis on coalition development, assessment, and evaluation of community-based prevention and health promotion strategies.

    PUBH 315 PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND LAW
    Survey of the policy and legal issues related to public health, health care delivery, and environmental health. Examination of how the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government at federal, state, and local levels interact and create law. Focus on law and public policy as a tool to improve population health, interactions between private and public sector, and legal issues health professionals commonly encounter.

    PUBH 318 PUBLIC HEALTH ANALYSIS
    Introduction to statistics and data analysis including descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, risk and odds, categorical data analysis, hypothesis testing, correlation, linear regression. Emphasis on quantitative reasoning, problem solving, communicating ideas, and applications in public health. Includes use of Excel and calculators to handle computations.

    PUBH 342 HEALTH EDUCATION AND PROMOTION METHODS
    Examines effective methods for assessing and planning health promotion programs. Topics include developing objectives, selecting interventions and presenting health programs.

    PUBH 344 HEALTH BEHAVIOR THEORY AND PRACTICE
    Evidence-based health interventions have a sound theoretical basis. Learn about the social and environmental influences that impact the initiation, maintenance, and change of health behaviors. Learn how to apply these principles when creating interventions focused on improving health and preventing disease.

    PUBH 355 HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASE
    Introduction to practices of health and wellness emphasizing lifestyles and measures of health. This course will cover general concepts related to the human body and chronic and infectious diseases, as well as how organ systems are affected by disease.

    PUBH 365 QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
    Provides an overview of methods and efforts to achieve measurable improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, performance, accountability, outcomes, and other indicators of quality in services or processes, which achieve equity and improve the health of the community.

    PUBH 418 ADVANCED PUBLIC HEALTH ANALYSIS
    Continuation of PUBH 318 topics include multiple linear regression, ANOVA designs, post hoc tests, categorical data analysis, time-series, forecasting, and non-parametric data analysis. Emphasis on data and analytic methods in Public Health, quantitative reasoning, data integrity, data manipulation, interpretation of research findings in the literature and use of results to make informed decisions. Use of Excel and other statistics software packages to handle analyses.

    PUBH 419 PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS
    Familiarizes students with the prominent theories, issues, and topics in the field of health communication with a range of topics, including illness and health, historical and contemporary issues, patient and provider experiences, cultural differences in health, public awareness/prevention/intervention campaigns, and the role of media and relationships in health communication.

    PUBH 420 STRATEGIC PLANNING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    Strategic management and planning and leadership in e-health environment including scheduling, monitoring, reporting, and process modeling.

    PUBH 440 HEALTH EDUCATION AND PROMOTION PROGRAMMING
    Utilizes the principles of health education and promotion programming and development to plan, implement, and evaluate a community-focused health program.

    PUBH 455 PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT
    Synthesis of public health concepts into developed projects within various health care venues.

    PUBH 460 DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
    Provides a comprehensive understanding of the environmental, social, and cultural factors that influence health. This course will cover topics, theories, and public health methods associated with determinants of health. Topics include gender, ethnicity/race, relationships, socioeconomic status, built environment, community, political systems, stress and adverse childhood experiences, and culture their influences on individual and community health.

    PUBH 470 COLLABORATING FOR CHANGE
    Social change and community work relies on cross-sector collaboration. This course investigates key tools and theories that empower and engage communities to address their own issues.

    PUBH 480 EPIDEMIOLOGY
    Study of the distribution and determinants of disease within human populations.

    For complete course descriptions, please refer to Boise State’s online course catalog.

  • Full-time Sample Schedule

    The sample Online Public Health Degree Curriculum schedule below is a general guide of when courses can be completed. You will work closely with your academic advisor to arrange your degree plan after you are admitted to the program and complete new student orientation. Download sample full-time schedule (pdf)

    Semester - CreditsCourses
    First Semester - 12 Credits
    1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 303 (3 cr)
    PUBH 318 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 240 (3 cr)
    CID HLTH 382 (3 cr)
    Second Semester - 12 Credits
    1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 310 (3 cr)
    PUBH 210 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 315 (3 cr)
    PUBH 355 (3 cr)
    Third Semester - 12 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 344 (3 cr)
    PUBH 470 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 342 (3 cr)
    PUBH 420 (3 cr)
    Fourth Semester - 12 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 460 (3 cr)
    PUBH 230 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 365 (3 cr)
    PUBH 419 (3 cr)
    Fifth Semester - 12 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 440 (3 cr)
    PUBH 418 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 480 (3 cr)
    PUBH 455 (2 cr)
    FF HLTH 400 (1 cr)
  • Part-time Sample Schedule

    The sample Online Public Health Degree Curriculum schedule below is a general guide of when courses can be completed. You will work closely with your academic advisor to arrange your degree plan after you are admitted to the program and complete new student orientation. Download sample part-time schedule (pdf)

    Semester CreditsCourses
    First Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 303 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 240 (3 cr)
    Second Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 318 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    CID HLTH 382 (3 cr)
    Third Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 344 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 342 (3 cr)
    Fourth Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 460 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 365 (3 cr)
    Fifth Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 310 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 315 (3 cr)
    Sixth Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 470 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 420 (3 cr)
    Seventh Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 230 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 419 (3 cr)
    Eighth Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 210 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 355 (3 cr)
    Ninth Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 440 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 480 (3 cr)
    Tenth Semester - 6 Credits1st 7 weeks
    PUBH 418 (3 cr)

    2nd 7 weeks
    PUBH 455 (2 cr)
    FF HLTH 400 (1 cr)

Be aware of the time commitment

Before deciding on a part- or full-time schedule ask yourself:

  • How much time do I have each week to devote to studying?
  • What other obligations currently require my time?

See our time commitment guide to estimate study times. Questions? Contact us!

Let us help you take that next step!

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