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Online B.S. in Applied Public Health


Biola’s online Bachelor of Science in Applied Public Health is designed to develop you into a top-tier health care professional. In this program you will learn how to effectively address public and global health challenges through research, publication, health promotion and service. Our biblically centered curriculum will facilitate growth as a compassionate, ethical decision-making leader, equipped with the education and analytical skills needed to influence health policy and improve the standard of health care in your community and world.

This degree has two tracks to select from:

  1. B.S. in Applied Public Health (Global Health)
  2. Accelerated Master's Program: Master of Public Health (MPH)

Students who are interested in an on-campus learning experience may consider the B.S. in Public Health degree.

The purpose of this program is to prepare you to become a biblically grounded leader in health care — one who is dedicated to improving population health, promoting disease prevention and advocating for health equality. As a student of this program, you will:

  • Focus on Global Health. Our fully online B.S. in Applied Public Health is currently the only online Public Health degree program that extensively focuses on global health studies. Most institutions typically only offer online certificate programs or courses on the subject.
  • Learn Through Hands-On Experience. You will establish excellence in public health practice as you’ll gain expert instruction from our faculty and work with field preceptors and community partners to gain real-world experience.
  • Qualify for Certification. The education you receive through this program will qualify you to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination for certification. Completing this exam is not a graduation requirement.
  • Gain a Biblical Perspective. A biblically centered public health education will transform you into a skilled, benevolent health care professional who serves others with Christ-like grace and compassion.
  • Benefit from Online Flexibility. Our 7-week, asynchronous courses are offered fully online. This means you’ll have the flexibility to complete your coursework on your schedule and from nearly anywhere in the world.
  • Get A Jumpstart On Your Graduate Studies. The Accelerated Master’s Program track gives you the opportunity to earn a Master in Public Health (MPH) — with just one additional year of study after you complete your undergraduate program.

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What courses will I take as an Applied Public Health major?

The fully online B.S. in Applied Public Health will provide you with a foundation of core public health concepts, basic sciences and behavioral health. As you dive into topics such as epidemiology and global health, you will also take your learning outside of the classroom and discover how to apply your knowledge on a local and global scale. Your understanding of public health will broaden as you engage in courses like:

Global Health Leadership (KNES 330)

This course focuses on building character for global health leadership and understanding the value of cultural humility. Students will learn how to be a strong leader, assess organizational dynamics in the US and other countries, and create a culture of honor for international partnerships. This course helps students integrate leadership and administration in public health within the framework of current health policy.

Health Policy and Ethics (KNES 340)

This course focuses on ethical theory and current ethical issues in public health and health policy, including resource allocation, the use of summary measures of health, the right to health care, and conflicts between autonomy and health promotion efforts. Student will participate in small group discussions evaluating ethical principles in current health care issues and public health policy.

Health Care Systems (KNES 355)

This course is a survey of the delivery of health care in the United States with relevant comparisons to systems internationally. This course will discuss the historical growth and development of the U.S. health care system. Grounded in an understanding of factors determining health, a framework for understanding and assessing the health care delivery system will be reviewed including evolving challenges to the current system. Review of the American health care system will also include the roles of state and federal governments, the role of health care providers, and the potential impact of health care reform on the future of the American health care system.

Bible and Theology Coursework

As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, all undergraduate students have the opportunity to take 30 credits of biblical studies. As an applied public health student, 12 of these credits will be integrated directly into your major courses, with the remaining 18 offered through separate Bible and theology courses.

Career Outlook and Preparation

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Public Health?

The rigorous academic and practical experience you will gain from this program will prepare you to further your education through graduate study and enter into a wide variety of career opportunities in public health. Some possible career paths include:

  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Health Coordinator
  • Community Health Advisor
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • International Health Project Manager
  • Associate Community Health Worker
  • Clinical Research
  • Health Care Policy and Administration
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Work in Government Health Agencies and Non-Profit Organizations

Students who go on to complete their Master of Public Health in the Accelerated Master of Public Health track may also consider career paths such as:

  • Global Health Educator
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Non-Profit Health Coordinator
  • International Health Project Manager
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Global Infectious Disease Analyst
  • Academic Research Epidemiologist
  • Infection Control Epidemiologist

12% job growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers is projected to be faster than average between 2020 and 2030.

BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.


Online Bachelor's Degrees Admissions Requirements

If you're interested in applying to one of Biola University’s online bachelor’s degree programs, see the information below to learn about admissions requirements.

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Steps to Apply

Want to get started with the admissions process? See our Steps to Apply for online bachelor’s students.

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Transfer Credit

  1. Transfer up to 70 credits of work from other accredited colleges or universities. Learn more about transferring credits.
  2. Earn credit for your program based on past work or volunteer experience through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Learn more about PLA.

If you have any questions about the admissions process or would like to have a transfer evaluation completed, contact your admissions counselor. To maximize your transfer coursework, contact our success coaches.

Prior Learning Assessment

Whether you currently work in the business world or have volunteer and other life experiences, we want to help you get credit for the knowledge you already have. Through Biola’s Prior Learning Assessment, you can earn credit towards your undergraduate degree. You can use the tool below to see how much credit you can potentially earn.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

As you consider the cost of college, keep in mind that more than 80% of Biola students receive some form of financial aid. We’re here to walk alongside you as you balance tuition and costs with different scholarship and aid opportunities.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do the classes run on trimester or semester?

Our terms are in trimesters, and there are two sessions within each trimester.

Term 1: Fall Trimester

  • Session A
  • Session B

Term 2: Spring Trimester

  • Session A
  • Session B

Term 3: Summer Trimester

  • Session A
  • Session B

How long will it take me to finish my degree?

The program is flexible enough to allow you to work at a pace that will fit into your busy schedule. Speak to your success coach to determine your personalized pathway for successfully completing the credits you need.

How does this degree work?

This fully online bachelor's degree is composed of 120 credits, including core major, general education and biblical studies courses. Courses are generally seven weeks long and available online year-round, so you can complete your degree anytime from anywhere in the world.

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You'll be able to complete weekly coursework on a schedule that works for you — with asynchronous classes that are offered in a 7- or 15-week format.

Total Credits

Total program credits include major-specific courses and Biola's core curriculum.

Cost per Credit

This is the cost per credit; total tuition costs for each trimester will differ for part-time and full-time students.

Next Start Date

Online bachelor's programs have new start dates every 7-8 weeks, which means you can get started as soon as you want.

Standard Completion Time

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.


Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.