Best Online Bachelor’s in Public Health

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in public health degree programs for students wanting to earn positions as health education specialists, emergency response planners, public health advocates, infectious disease specialists, and disaster preparedness coordinators.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Public Health
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Frequently Asked Questions About Public Health Degrees

Earning a bachelor’s degree in public health opens the door for leadership roles in the health profession. A public health career focuses on areas like policy, health promotion, infectious diseases, and access to healthcare.

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This 120-credit degree typically requires a minimum of four years for completion.

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Most programs prepare students to sit for the national certification exam to become a certified health education specialist (CHES). Though classes vary depending on individual programs, example courses include Introduction to Epidemiology, Healthcare in the U.S., Public Health Nutrition, and Field Work in Public Health.

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After program completion, graduates can earn positions as health education specialists, emergency response planners, public health advocates, infectious disease specialists, and disaster preparedness coordinators.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Public Health

How do we determine the best online public health bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Public Health Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Cincinnati

    #170 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    University of South Carolina

    #281 institution's historical influence
    #1388 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    Columbia, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Missouri

    #108 institution's historical influence
    #1169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BHS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Alabama

    #180 institution's historical influence
    #94 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/27

    Tuscaloosa, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Radford University

    #1501 institution's historical influence
    #353 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    9K

    Radford, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    #944 institution's historical influence
    #1364 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/22

    Greensboro, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Public Health: Health Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 24-30 months
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Mississippi University for Women

    #1908 institution's historical influence
    #445 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Columbus, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health Education
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Public Health Education
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    California Baptist University

    #2100 institution's historical influence
    #1289 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Riverside, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    University of Southern Mississippi

    #1126 institution's historical influence
    #825 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Hattiesburg, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health

    Concentrations

    • Allied Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 2-4 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Old Dominion University

    #959 institution's historical influence
    #709 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Andrews University

    #876 institution's historical influence
    #241 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/25

    Berrien Springs, MI

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Boise State University

    #1516 institution's historical influence
    #981 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    Boise, ID

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Public Health
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    Cardinal Stritch University

    #4457 institution's historical influence
    #693 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/20

    Milwaukee, WI

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Public Health

    Concentrations

    • Human Biology
    • Social Inequality
    • Social Change and Social Institutions
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Public Health

    Concentrations

    • Quantitative Chemistry
    • Human Biology
    • Social Change and Social Institutions
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Excelsior College

    #2202 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    6K

    Albany, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Delaware State University

    #1671 institution's historical influence
    #1097 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    39%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    920/19

    Dover, DE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    Northern Arizona University

    #1104 institution's historical influence
    #303 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    27K

    Flagstaff, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    University of South Carolina Beaufort

    #4681 institution's historical influence
    #1314 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1015/19

    Bluffton, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Portland State University

    #577 institution's historical influence
    #448 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/21

    Portland, OR

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health Studies: Aging
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Public Health Studies: Aging
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Public Health Studies: Community Health Promotion
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Bellevue University

    #3661 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    Bellevue, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health Education
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    University of the Sciences

    #2324 institution's historical influence
    #474 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/25

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Christian Brothers University

    #2905 institution's historical influence
    #1298 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Professional Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Criminal Justice
    • Organizational Psychology
    • Public Health
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Professional Psychology; Public Health

    Concentrations

    • Principles of Epidemiology
    • Health Policy and Management
    • Global Public Health
    • Public Health of Mental Illness
    • Social and Behavioral Public Health
    • Social Determinants of Health and Well-being
    • Public Health Research Methods
    • Program Planning and Evaluation
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  24. #24

    University of West Florida

    #2019 institution's historical influence
    #156 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    Pensacola, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Goodwin University

    #7825 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    2K

    East Hartford, CT

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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