Public Health, BS

Unjust and preventable disparities in health outcomes exist throughout our society. Our online Bachelor of Science in Public Health, with an included minor in Recreation, will prepare you to advance public health and build a more equitable society.

SJSU vaccination clinic

Program Information

Next Start

January 2024

Program Format

8-week courses, 5 terms year-round

Program Length

2 years, 60 units

Cost Per Unit

$450 · 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 is the study and promotion of the health and wellbeing of populations, recognizing that health is a fundamental human right. Public health is concerned with more than healthcare, biology, and behavior: it focuses on how environmental, social, economic, behavioral, biological and political factors influence human health.

Our bachelor’s in Public Health program is located in our SJSU College of Health and Human Sciences. The courses are designed and taught by our renowned SJSU faculty, which means that 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. Our program also includes a minor in Recreation, which explores the role of recreation, health, and leisure in improving the quality of life for all.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program, you must fulfill our general SJSU Online requirements. Visit the Public Health catalog webpage for a full list of required transfer courses.

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.


MPH poster presentation

Advance Your Career

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 $73,000 and an upper range of $147,000, 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.

Top Sectors

  • Community and social services
  • Customer success and support
  • Education
  • Healthcare services
  • Information technology
  • Operations
  • Program and project management
  • Research

Top Companies

  • California Department of Public Health
  • Carbon Health
  • County of Santa Clara
  • Healthier Kids Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Stanford University
  • Sutter Health
  • University of California, San Francisco

Job Titles

  • Bilingual health education specialist
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Community initiatives manager
  • Health and benefits consulting analyst
  • Mental health associate
  • Patient service representative
  • People operations
  • Student family services manager

Joanne Young
Joanne YoungEnrollment Counsleor

Learn More About Our Public Health Program

Schedule an appointment with Enrollment Counselor Joanne Young to discuss your goals and questions or request more information via email.

SJSU Online student on a laptop

Attend a Public Health Info Session

Join us virtually to learn more about how our online Public Health degree-completion program can transform your life!

Let's get started. Request information today.

Fill out this form to connect with an enrollment counselor and learn more about how SJSU Online can help you complete your bachelor's degree.

SJSU graduates throwing their caps in the air