B.S. Public Health

Program Overview

Transform your future and the lives of others with an online B.S. Public Health degree from Rivier University. You will learn the skills you need to help you address health related issues in the community and beyond.

This dynamic field is growing rapidly; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions such as community health educators are expected to grow 21 percent by 2022 — faster than average. Graduates can pursue employment in government agencies or nonprofit organizations, or are prepared for graduate studies.

Students in the program develop skills to practice in multiple public health-related areas, including public health services, environmental services, epidemiology, and social and public policy. And since this is one of the few fully online programs in the region, students can learn in a flexible, convenient format designed around their schedule.

Multiple term starts, a generous transfer credit policy and competitive tuition rates are all designed to help you start, and finish, faster. Rivier University has been educating students to transform the world for more than 80 years, so you can trust you will receive a high-quality education in a format designed to help you succeed.

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  • Next Start Date: July 8, 2019
  • Est. Program Length: 2-4 years
  • Credit Hours: 123
  • Course Length: 7 and 14 weeks

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Course Map

The degree requires 123 credit hours for completion, and tuition is $360 per credit hour. Students can transfer up to 90 credits into the degree, so it can be completed in as little as two years.

General Education Requirements (42 credits)

Foundation Courses: 12

  • ENG 120  Composition in Context: 3
  • MA 112 (or above)  College Algebra : 3
  • RIV 120  Dignity, Work, Vocation: 3
  • REL  Elective: 3

Area Distribution Requirements: 18

Choose two courses from each area:

  • Humanities: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religion
  • Natural/Physical Science, Mathematics and Technology: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Physics
  • Social Sciences: Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

General Education Liberal Arts Elective: 12

Choose four courses from the Area Distribution Requirements above.

Major Requirements (45 credits)
  • PH 101  Introduction to Public Health: 3
  • PH 125  Environmental Health: 3
  • PH 201  Epidemiology in Public Health: 3
  • PH 202  Health Systems and Services: 3
  • PH 203  Public Health Seminar: 3
  • PH 204  Health Promotion, Marketing and Social Communications: 3
  • PH 302  Health Policy and Politics: 3
  • PH 304  Food Safety and Hygiene: 3
  • PH 330  Research Methods: 3
  • PH 336  Public Health Emergency Preparedness: 3
  • PH 400  Global Health and Health Disparities: 3
  • PH 402  Program Planning and Evaluation: 3
  • PH 404  Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases: 3
  • PH 495 Public Health Internship/Capstone: 6
Related Science Courses (15 credits)
  • BIO/CHE/PHY  One elective: 3
  • BIO 105  Human Anatomy and Physiology I: 4
  • BIO 106  Human Anatomy and Physiology II: 4
  • BIO 201  Medical Microbiology: 4
Other Related Courses (12 credits)
  • PSY 101  General Psychology: 3
  • PSY 204  Biostatistics: 3
  • REL 379  Bioethics: 3
  • SOC  Sociology Elective: 3
General Electives (9 credits)

Free electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

Admission Requirements

Rivier University operates on a rolling admissions system. Students may apply for admission at any time and are notified of acceptance within two to four weeks from the date their application is completed.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for admission into the B.S. Public Health degree.

Transfer credits from regionally accredited two- and four-year institutions are accepted. To transfer credits, you should request that your official transcript be sent to Rivier University, C/O The Learning House, 32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Your advisor will review transcript and determine how many credits are transferable to your chosen program of study.

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