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B.S. in Public Health

School of Science, Technology and Health


Public health professionals serve in many vital roles in the growing arena of health and wellness. These professionals evaluate and reduce occupational and environmental health risks. They craft government policies. They contribute to hospital policies and procedures. They track and prevent the spread of diseases. They create educational programs to encourage optimal nutrition, exercise and wellness. In short, wherever they serve, it’s the responsibility of public health professionals to promote and care for the well-being of individuals and communities. In Biola’s public health major, you will gain the broad academic training, research experience and practical skills needed to thrive in this highly in-demand field. Whether you plan to pursue graduate school or move directly into a career, a public health degree from Biola offers you the flexibility to pursue a wide range of opportunities.

Why Choose Public Health at Biola?

Biola’s public health program offers several key advantages:

  • With its solid foundation in kinesiology and health science and data-driven research, the public health major gives you a comprehensive education that prepares you for some of the most in-demand careers in the arena of health and wellness.
  • Small class sizes offer you direct access to professors with real-world experience and expertise across many different fields, including public health, biology, chemistry and kinesiology.
  • The public health major is taught from a Christian perspective, equipping you to be a skilled professional who cares for the holistic well-being of individuals and communities.
  • Biola’s Lim Center is a premier facility for science and health students, filled with research labs, cutting-edge equipment and specialized spaces for studying anatomy and physiology, environmental and analytical chemistry, molecular biology and health care.
  • Biola’s Office of Health Professions Advising (BOHPA) serves as a valuable resource to connect you to internships, networking and career opportunities.
  • A required practicum and capstone project will allow you to gain valuable hands-on work experience, dive into research and create a tangible report to present to prospective employers.

What Will I Study?

The public health major offers a broad education across several academic disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics and kinesiology. The program also incorporates research and quantitative analysis, providing a helpful background for understanding and developing public health policies. Course topics and learning highlights include:

  • Principles of cellular and molecular biology, genetics and human development
  • Study of microbial organisms, emphasizing bacteria and viruses
  • Basic structure and function of the human body
  • American health care systems, epidemiology, public health policy, and occupational and environmental health
  • Nutrition, physical fitness, stress management, substance abuse, sexuality, social and behavioral theoretical/applied modeling and other public health issues
  • Laboratory techniques used in research and industry, including scanning electron microscopy, histology, DNA analysis, analytical chemistry, clinical and applied physiological assessment, biological sampling and processing techniques

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4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

The public health major equips you for a wide range of careers related to health promotion and education, health care policy, health care administration, occupational health monitoring and public health risk assessment. The program also provides you with strong preparation and prerequisite coursework for graduate studies in Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degree programs. Career paths include:

  • Public health inspector
  • Public health specialist
  • Rural health specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Occupational health specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Public health officer (military/law enforcement)
  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Hospital administrator
  • Infection control
  • Industrial waste director
  • Director of industrial hygiene
  • Water quality/treatment investigator
  • Roles at such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), public health departments and other governmental and nonprofit agencies

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