Public Health, BS

Develop a deep understanding of how to advance equitable public health solutions and prevent unjust disparities in public health outcomes.

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Program Information

Next Start

January 2025

Program Format

8-week courses, 5 terms year-round

Program Length

2 years, 60 units

Cost Per Unit

$475 · Financial aid and scholarships available

Application Deadlines

November 15 for Spring · April 1 for Summer · July 15 for Fall

Become a Public Health Leader and Advocate

Public health promotes the health and wellbeing of populations and recognizes that health is a fundamental human right, which is in demand at employers like the California Department of Public Health, the Healthier Kids Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University, Sutter Health, and more. By learning how environmental, social, economic, behavioral, biological and political factors influence human health, public health majors tend to have fruitful careers in community and social services, customer success and support, education, healthcare services, program and project management, research, and beyond.

Our online Bachelor’s in Public Health program with a minor in Recreation is taught by our renowned SJSU faculty in collaboration with expert instructional designers. When you complete this program, you will earn the same quality degree as all of our SJSU graduates and have the same opportunity to proudly cross the stage during your SJSU commencement ceremony.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to all SJSU Online programs must fulfill our general SJSU Online requirements. Additionally, applicants to our Bachelor's in Public Health must complete the following courses to be eligible for admission:

  • PH 1 - Understanding Your Health

  • PH 15 - Human Life Span

  • PH 67 - Introductory Health Statistics, or equivalent statistics course

To view the program's courses, roadmap, and more, visit the Public Health, BS catalog webpage.

Valuable Learning Experiences

Our program has a long history of enriching the community health workforce around the world, and training students to become scholars, practitioners, and advocates who work to eliminate differences in health outcomes. Upon completion of the degree, you will be ready to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to deliver public health messages in written, oral, and media-based formats to both public and professional audiences.

  • Use public health methods and tools to collect and analyze population health data.

  • Analyze the effects of multiple levels of policy and health systems on population and individual health outcomes and employ strategies to participate in the policy process.

  • Apply principles of social justice, through the lens of cultural humility, to achieve and sustain health equity.

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What can you do with a Public Health degree?

Our graduates work collaboratively with diverse communities to conduct investigations and create relevant interventions that strengthen community capacity, promote health, and reduce health inequities and disparities.

Public Health majors in the Bay Area earn an average annual salary of $87,000 and an upper range of $149,000, according to Zip Recruiter.

Take a look at some of the top sectors, top companies, and examples of job titles of our alumni, according to LinkedIn.

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Joanne YoungEnrollment Counsleor

Learn More About Our Public Health Program

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