Bachelor of Science in Public Health
- Global Health
Global health is defined as the study, research and practice on improving health and achieving health care equity for communities worldwide. This concentration will focus on the prevention and intervention of health issues at the population level, and involve the integration of disciplines within and beyond the health sciences –– community health, epidemiology, health promotion, biology, statistics and intercultural studies to name a few.
Some career outcomes include: Certified Health Educator, Health Director, Health Administrator, Public Health Specialist, Community Health Worker, Global Health Worker, Public Health Program Manager, Public Health Policy Analyst, Nonprofit Coordinator, International Health Program Manager and Community Health Outreach Associate.
- Master of Public Health (Accelerated Master’s Program)
- Pre-Health Professions
The pre-health profession concentration will prepare public health students for the following graduate and professional programs:
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Pre-Physician Assistant
Each of the listed heath profession tracks will have slightly different prerequisite courses, which students in the pre-health profession concentration will take, and faculty advisors will direct students in meeting the requirements.
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What will I study as a public health major?
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program is to prepare Christian men and women to be public health agents of change — dedicated to improving population health, promoting disease prevention, and advocating health equality through community health assessment, education, promotion, and policy development.
To accomplish this, the public health program incorporates public health principles, public health practice, health research and quantitative analysis, providing a helpful background for understanding and developing public health policies. Course topics and learning highlights include:
- Public Health Principles and Practice
- Health Education and Health Promotion
- Community and Global Health
- Global Health Leadership
- Health Policy and Ethics
- Health Care Systems
- Environmental Health
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Public Health Capstone Practicum
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health?
A public health degree equips you for a wide range of careers in a variety of fields and positions including:
- Health promotion and education
- Health care policy
- Health care administration
- Occupational health monitoring
- Public health risk assessment
- Population health
Global Health Track
- Health Education Specialist
- Public Health Specialist
- Nonprofit Coordinator
- International Project Manager
- Outreach Specialist
- Clinical Research
- Associate Community Health Worker
Pre-Health Professions Track
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Pre-Physician Assistant
Accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH) Track
- MPH in Global Health
- MPH in Epidemiology
For more information, visit the MPH degree program page.
Explore Biola's Health Science Careers website for specific information about various health professions.
28% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical and health services managers is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
Accelerated Master’s Program
Earn your Master in Public Health (MPH) with three additional semesters after you complete your B.S. in Public Health.
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Learn more about this program by attending an upcoming event for prospective students and parents, or by scheduling a personalized visit.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Director of Public Health Programs
- Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College of Medicine, Bryan, TX
- MPH, University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, TX
- B.S., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Assistant Professor of Public Health
- B.S., Sookmyung Women's University
- MPP, KDI (Korea Development Institute) School of Public Policy and Management
- Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington
Co-Program Chair of Kinesiology and Public Health
- Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Tx
- M.A., Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
- B.S., California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
- A.S., College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
Students are able to gain practical experiences in internships and fieldwork (paid or unpaid) for academic credit, or independently, in various clinical (outpatient/inpatient) and non-clinical settings. Multiple opportunities are available locally at facilities with which connections exist, or where students have served previously, or, which are newly identified by students. These include: clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, wellness centers, athletic training rooms, gyms, strength and conditioning centers, private exercise studios, community and non-profit centers. Students can also gain experience on-campus, working with the athletes and teams in the athletic training room, athletic performance center, or with faculty and staff in the KPH exercise lab.
Students have various opportunities to get involved with ongoing faculty research or to design projects of their own that will help strengthen resumes and graduate school applications. Students will gain experience in working with an Institutional Review Board, conducting, presenting, and/or publishing research findings. Opportunities to write research grants are also a possibility.
Research Data Software
Students have opportunities to work with KPH faculty members in ongoing research projects and learn to use statistical softwares used for qualitative data analysis. Students taking select courses will also learn to use SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) and analyze research data.
Students will learn about public health issues that impact us locally and globally. They become equipped with theories, models, and skills to respond to community health needs with cultural humility, honor, and love. Students will learn to analyze and assess country-level health data and plan potential solutions. They also have opportunities to put theory into practice with projects locally and some will partner with Departments of Health and clinics globally.