Create Healthy Environments With a Bachelor’s in Public Health
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program can prepare you to work as public health professionals in various health-related settings, including community-based organizations, government agencies, behavioral health agencies, primary care centers and global or domestic nonprofit organizations.
The BS in Public Health coursework is designed to teach you to carry out day-to-day tasks of community health organizations, such as data collection and analysis, program planning, community outreach, communications and program support.
This public health bachelor’s degree provides the knowledge, resources and tools needed to design and implement health promotion programs — including health education interventions and policies for specific populations within the larger community. Public health practitioners focus on the prevention of communicable and chronic diseases, as well as health education and promotion and reducing the impact of environmental hazards.
Benefits of Earning Your Public Health Bachelor’s Degree at GCU
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree can be beneficial for those interested in improving the health and wellness of communities. You will be taught fundamental skills in data collection and analysis, communication, community assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation. Our BS in Public Health degree program teaches foundational knowledge and broad training skills that can prepare you to pursue career opportunities in public health or for further study in public health.
As a Christian university, GCU offers faith-integrated courses that are based on a Christian worldview. This curriculum promotes the development of personal ethics and servant leadership practices that are relevant to public health practice. This program teaches you to lead with empathy, kindness, compassion and social justice in order to provide an opportunity to make a positive difference in the health of communities.
Unlock Your Potential With a BS in Public Health Degree
As a bachelor’s in public health student, you will be taught skills such as:
- Addressing social determinants of health
- Locating and using public health information and data
- Advocating for health promotion and community engagement
- Culturally appropriate communication
This field emphasizes promoting health and wellness, tracking disease outbreaks, preventing injury and disability and creating healthy communities.
Study Diverse Public Health Course Topics
In this on-campus and online public health degree program, your instructors will guide you in examining the following topics:
- The history and philosophy of public health
- The structure of the U.S. health system and the regulatory dimensions of health policy
- Global health, the science of human health and the factors that impact health disparities
- Health promotion and disease prevention
- Environmental and occupational health and safety
- Community assessment and planning, as well as implementation and evaluation of public health interventions
- Public health data systems and informatics
- Ethics and communication in public health
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program includes a capstone course that gives you the opportunity to integrate and apply your public health knowledge and skills. You’ll complete either a 30-hour volunteer service-learning opportunity in the field of public health or a research-based project developing a proposal to address a public health issue.
Career Paths for Graduates With a Bachelor’s in Public Health
With a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, you may prepare for community health careers such as:
- Health education specialist
- Community health worker
Community Health Employment Settings
Employment settings that undergraduate public health degree graduates may also consider exploring include:
- Government (local and state health departments)
- Domestic or global community health nonprofit organizations
- Social service organizations
- Behavioral health organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- Healthcare coverage/health insurance companies
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for health education specialists and community health workers to increase by about 12% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 15,200 jobs in the field.1 The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree can be an ideal option for you if you are interested in a healthcare career focused on advancing strategies that promote and protect health.
BS in Public Health Accreditation
GCU’s bachelor’s in public health program integrates the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists, addressing fundamental skills in community assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health FAQs
As you consider your healthcare-related career path options, you may find it helpful to explore the following frequently asked questions and answers. If you have questions about enrolling as an undergraduate public health student, please contact a university counselor at GCU or fill out the form on this page.
Apply today to earn your bachelor’s in public health online or on campus at GCU. Our Christian learning community welcomes all those who seek higher education from the biblical perspective.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers, retrieved on July 5, 2023.
2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(“BLS”), Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers as of May 2021, retrieved on July 5, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as health education specialists and community health workers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.