Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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The University of Cincinnati’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health is a fully online, four-year degree program.  Students pursuing their undergraduate degree in Public Health gain the knowledge and skills to become leaders in the health profession, helping improve the health of people and communities.  By studying in an environment that reaches beyond course work and class discussions, students will learn about the public health care system in the U.S. and abroad as well as emerging public health concerns such as pandemic infectious disease and new threats to the environment.

What is Public Health?


Public Health is the science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting the health of people and communities through organized efforts to educate, develop policy, conduct scientific research and regulate health systems.

There are many facets of public health – from improving access to healthcare, controlling infectious diseases, reducing environmental hazards to working toward decreasing substance abuse.

Public Health professionals work to improve the health of individuals and communities. Their role can vary greatly, depending on their work setting and job responsibilities. For example, some public heath professionals work in health departments and are concerned with the health of the community they serve and work to develop programs to impact people living in the community. While other public health professionals work to analyze health statistics within a certain population to find the cause of a disease.

The 10 Essential Public Health Services provide a framework for public health to protect and promote the health of all people in all communities. To achieve equity, the Essential Public Health Services actively promote policies, systems, and overall community conditions that enable optimal health for all and seek to remove systemic and structural barriers that have resulted in health inequities.

  1. Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets.
  2. Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population.
  3. Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it.
  4. Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health.
  5. Create, champion, and implement policies, plans, and laws that impact health.
  6. Utilize legal and regulatory actions designed to improve and protect the public’s health.
  7. Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy.
  8. Build and support a diverse and skilled public health workforce.
  9. Improve and innovate public health functions through ongoing evaluation, research, and continuous quality improvement.
  10. Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health.

UC Online Public Health Program Highlights:

  • 100% online: no campus visits are required.
  • Ranked in the 15 Best Online Bachelor’s in Public Health programs by15 Best online BSPH degrees 2021 Best Health Degrees.
  • The University of Cincinnati’s online programs consistently rank among the nation’s very best by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Employment opportunities: our graduates are knowledgeable, skilled, and in high demand in today’s job market! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 4.6 million new healthcare positions by 2028 – including 3.4 million new jobs projected in healthcare and social assistance.
  • Part-time and full-time scheduling: have the flexibility to balance work and family obligations while completing your degree.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist: all graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become a certified health education specialist (CHES).

Public Health Career Outlook

Upon completing the 100% online undergraduate degree in Public Health, graduates typically pursue careers in such areas as:

  • Health educator
  • Health communication specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Infectious disease specialist
  • Data analyst
  • Disaster preparedness coordinator

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