Bachelor of Science in Public Health Online

Explore a variety of issues impacting population health and healthcare systems while gaining skills you can put to use immediately on the job.

Apply by: 8/2/24
Start class: 8/19/24
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Program Overview

Explore the advantages of the UTA Bachelor of Science in Public Health online program

Become equipped to lead change in community health and wellness with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) from The University of Texas at Arlington. Designed for those interested in a broad range of rewarding health-related careers, this online degree program empowers you find solutions to improve public health outcomes.

Topics of study include methods for disease prevention; the effects of urbanization on population health; and a deep exploration of factors that influence the health of individuals, families and communities. Pursue your passion by combining core coursework with 20 or more elective hours, culminating in an internship that helps you stand out to employers or prepares you for graduate-level programs.

Already looking ahead to graduate school? The Bachelor of Science in Public Health online program can prepare you for graduate studies in public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, healthcare administration and more.

Note: The BSPH online program is currently available to Texas residents only.

In this online BSPH program, you will:

  • Apply critical-thinking skills and analysis to gather, assess, interpret, and communicate public health data
  • Gain a foundational understanding of epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, management and health policy
  • Develop leadership skills necessary for working in complex public health environments, including the ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams
  • Apply critical-thinking skills and analysis to gather, assess, interpret, and communicate public health data
  • Gain a foundational understanding of epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, management and health policy
  • Develop leadership skills necessary for working in complex public health environments, including the ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a broad range of positions in health-related organizations, such as:

  • Community Health Education Specialist
  • Disease Intervention Specialist
  • Public Health Program Manager
  • Researcher
  • Policy Consultant
  • Occupational Health and Safety Leader
  • Non-Profit or Government Agency Leader
  • Community Health Education Specialist
  • Disease Intervention Specialist
  • Public Health Program Manager
  • Researcher
  • Policy Consultant
  • Occupational Health and Safety Leader
  • Non-Profit or Government Agency Leader

Learn more about careers in public health at our Bachelor of Science in Public Health FAQ page.

State Authorization

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states will need approval to continue uninterrupted in their programs in accordance with applicable state laws. Approval is not guaranteed.

Not looking for an online program?

We also offer this program on campus!
Per Credit Hour $315
Duration* As few as 22 months
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What is Public Health?

UTA’s Dr. Becky Garner explains the relevance of this dynamic field.

Hear from one of our BSPH students on why UTA's BSPH online degree is the perfect fit for her.

Tuition

Our budget-friendly tuition can be paid by the course

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education.

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Tuition breakdown:

Per Course $945
Per Credit Hour $315

Calendar

Know the important dates and deadlines

Our Bachelor of Science in Public Health online program offers multiple start dates to accommodate your personal and professional schedules.

8-week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Summer II6/24/245/24/246/19/246/19/246/21/24
Fall I8/19/248/2/248/9/248/14/248/16/24
Fall II10/21/249/20/2410/4/2410/16/2410/18/24
Spring I1/6/2512/13/2412/27/241/1/251/3/25

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/2/24
Class Starts 8/19/24

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Admissions

Read the details of our admission criteria for the online BSPH degree

Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) online degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts

General and Prerequisite Course Requirements for Applicants With at Least 24 Credit Hours of Transfer Work

To be admitted to the BSPH degree program, prospective students must:

  • Have completed 24 credit hours from an accredited institution
  • Complete online application and submit the nonrefundable application fee
  • Have official transcripts sent from the registrar(s) of the colleges/universities previously attended to UTA
  • Possess a 2.25 Grade Point Average (GPA). Must maintain cumulative 2.5 GPA and in Kinesiology while attending UTA.
  • Meet TOEFL requirements
  • Official transcripts record all courses, bachelor's degrees or highest degree conferred by a regionally or nationally accredited institution. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
  • If the applicant's native/first language is not English, and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution, the TOEFL exam is required for admission to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation even if the student has met one of the stated UTA University exemptions. For more information, visit catalog.uta.edu/nursing/ and www.toefl.org.
  • Visit Undergraduate Healthcare Advising for a list of AO BSPH advisors

General and Prerequisite Course Requirements for Applicants With Fewer Than 24 Credit Hours of Transfer Work

To be admitted to the BSPH degree program, prospective students must:

  • Apply online and be admitted to UTA through the Office of Admissions by completing all the necessary steps, including submitting official transcripts and required documents (e.g., test scores) and paying fees. Allow at least four (4) weeks for the admission process.
  • Official high school transcript with graduation date; the preferred method is to have your school send these to UTA electronically
  • Homeschooled students should submit an official homeschool program transcript
  • Official high school transcript with graduation date; the preferred method is to have your school send these to UTA electronically
  • Official transcripts record all courses taken at a regionally or nationally accredited institution. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts or electronically sent from the granting institution (preferred method is to send electronically through your school).
  • Complete the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment for clearance to attend
  • Know that submitting official ACT/SAT score(s) is optional

At this time, the program is only open to United States Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) and individuals who hold an H1-B visa or other valid U.S. work visa.

Have a question? Call us at 866-489-2810.

Upon admission to the University, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an Undergraduate Academic Advisor. Students should review the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) undergraduate program-specific requirements. Specific program requirements can be found at Kinesiology < University of Texas Arlington (uta.edu).

Healthy People 2030


Did you know that one of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's Healthy People 2030 goals is to eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity, and attain health literacy to improve the health and well-being of all people?**

**Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), ED/NCES

Courses

Read about our BSPH online classes

For the Bachelor of Science in Public Health online, students must complete the following required courses.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Functional morphology of humans, cellular function, principles of support and movement, and neural and endocrine control systems. Laboratory exercises involve both anatomical and experimental aspects of principles introduced in the lecture. This class is designed for students in sport activities (EXSA), medical technology and nursing and health Prerequisite: BIOL 1345 or BIOL 1441 or equivalent, or approval of the department. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology or microbiology.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Functional morphology of humans, maintenance of the human body, and continuity of life. Topics will include the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, and reproductive systems. Laboratory exercises explore both anatomical and experimental aspects of principles introduced in the lecture. This class is designed for students in sport activities (EXSA), medical technology, and nursing and health. Prerequisite: BIOL 2457 or equivalent. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology or microbiology.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course focuses on the chemical and molecular basis of life, including metabolism, cell structure and function, and genetics. Laboratory experiments are designed to complement theory presented in lecture.
Duration: 8 & 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The fundamental methods and content of scientific psychology. Concentration on the understanding of basic principles.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
The lecture covers the fundamentals of atomic structure, chemical bonding, the periodic table, nomenclature, kinetic theory, gas laws, chemical equations, and solutions. The laboratory introduces the scientific method, experiment design, data collection and analysis, as well as illustrates fundamental principles presented in the lecture. Students who have not had high school chemistry are advised to take an introductory chemistry course first.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is offered as a blended MATH 0311/MATH 1301 course. This course covers material in a traditional algebra course together with real-world applications of mathematics. It develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Topics include the mathematics of dimensional analysis, mathematical logic, population growth, optimization, voting theory, number theory, graph theory, relations, functions, probability, statistics, and finance. The use of mathematical software and calculators is required. See course syllabus for details. Credit may be received for only one of MATH 1301, MATH 1302, or MATH 1315.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Topics may include collection, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, probability, relationships between variables and graphs, elementary statistical models, hypothesis testing, inference, estimation, correlation, regression and confidence intervals. The use of mathematical software and calculators is required. See course syllabus for details.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The critical thinking about, and reading and writing of, referential/expository discourse. Introduction to inventional procedures. Writing assignments focusing on identification and development of a subject, on organization, audience analysis, style, and the revision process.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continues ENGL 1301, but with an emphasis on critical thinking about, and reading and writing of, argumentative discourse. Introduction to inventional procedures such as types of proofs and claims and the Toulmin model. Writing assignments focusing on the identification, development, and support of propositions of fact, cause, value, and policy. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1301.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States prior to 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical skills. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States since 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical skills. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The constitution and government of the United States. The organization, procedures, and duties of the branches of the government, together with their accomplishments and defects.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The principles and organization of American state, county, and municipal government, together with current problems and the constitution and government of Texas.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide students with an overview of Public Health: what it is, how it works, and why it is important. Topics include current health issues, global health, health disparities and how Public Health impacts community settings. Class requirement includes participation in community-based, experiential-learning activities. Examination of public health concepts, values and functions. Exploration of the underlying science of human health and disease as that is impacted by socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Investigation of diversity of individuals and populations in a community, including how diversity may influence policies, programs, services, and the health of a community, and the importance for a diverse public health workforce.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explain and apply ethical principles that apply to the use of information technology as those pertain to accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of factors that affect the health of a community, including how disease spreads, legal aspects of epidemics, and how data is used to drive public health decision making. Overview of how public health practice and science come together to protect the health of the public, or of a specific population.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of the history, philosophy and contemporary issues of public health as those apply to public health in both urban and global societies.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Inquiry into the structures, functions, and authorizations of governmental public health programs. Identification of tools, processes, and activities related to both practice and policy used to support community responses to public health emergencies and other disasters.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of ethical standards and how those are incorporated into practice and decision-making that relate to interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities. Exploration of strategies for public health, health care, and other allied healthcare organizations to work together or individually to impact the health of a community.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Identify scientific concepts and research methods of population health, along with the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations. Analysis of project implementation such as planning, assessment and evaluation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Appraisal of leadership philosophies and actions that reflect and model effective strategies for protecting and promoting the public's health.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Information and experiences that identify the health literacy of populations, including addressment of barriers and unique situations for vulnerable populations. Communication of information through appropriate, culturally competent methodologies. Integration of basic concepts of public health-specific communication into technical and professional writing. The use of mass media and electronic technology.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Individualized practice-based public health work experience in a professional public health-related setting (e.g., public health agency, nonprofit organization, legislative representative office, hospital) under the direct supervision of a public health professional. To be taken during the final two semesters prior to graduation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Will address specific issues of importance to women and their health, including growth and development, nutrition, reproductive health, pregnancy, chronic diseases, and relationship/family issues. Offered as HEED 3305 and WOMS 3305. Credit will be granted only once.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of personal, social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of health. Topics covered include managed health care, health insurance, health services/products, doctor-patient communication, traditional vs. non-traditional medicine, diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases, and health legislation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the basic principles of ecology as they relate to the general health of society. Topics including conditions of soil, water, and air - nationally and globally - will be discussed. The successful student will acquire a level of proficiency in appropriate health care techniques specific to environmental health concerns.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasis on complex issues associated with aging and death. Topics include changes/losses related to specific stages of life; care-giving to the dying; pertinent legal issues; medical gerontology; other salient issues and problems concerning aging and death. This course is especially helpful to those students who plan careers in the medical profession.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The development and operational systems and processes in public health programs and facilities will be presented, including: concepts and experiences necessary for success in the workplace, community dynamics, independent work and development of a personal work ethic, networking and professional communication, and teamwork. The student will participate in multiple career readiness learning experiences through a co-curricular collaboration with UTA Career Services.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Applied Approaches to Diversity and Cultural Awareness in Public Health Organizations This course examines the changing demographics of the public health workforce and organizations, presenting students with varied perspectives, approaches and competencies required for understanding and appreciation of greater diversity across the public health and healthcare systems.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Cultural competence is attracting increased attention across the spectrum of public health. However, many vulnerable populations continue to be "invisible," resulting in a lack of awareness and knowledge in public health and healthcare workers. This course provides students with information related to the multi-faceted disparities that exist beyond ethnic differences to investigate the many other facets of cultural diversity and health issues.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will examine the bidirectional impact of sport and societal institutions. The class will explore the co-dependent nature of sport and society and attempt to separate fact from fiction to aid in the understanding of the true role of sport as it fits into society. Topics to be addressed include the potentially controversial areas of race, gender, disability, institutional rule violations, and ethics in the contemporary sports arena.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, students will examine substance abuse including alcohol, drugs (illegal and prescription), smoking, vaping, and gaming from a population-based approach. There will also be a focus on compulsive behaviors including topics such as food over- and undereating, gambling, shopping and internet/technology addictions. While the course emphasis is on addictive behaviors, material and learning activities will also address how diverse and vulnerable populations are impacted by addictive behaviors as those relate to injury and illness prevention.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course addresses common health issues found throughout educational settings. Topics include chronic stress, health and well-being, school violence and the roles of hunger and obesity as concerns in the school environment. A focus on school climate, the role of school-based healthcare and preventing dropout from public health perspectives will be included.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed for public health and health/fitness/wellness professionals who are interested in the promotion of physical activity in a variety of areas of public health. Emphasis on advocating for the importance of integration of physical activity in community health. This course prepares students to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine/National Physical Activity Society Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist certification examination.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines basic principles of human diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS, influenza and Alzheimer's. The role of infectious and communicable diseases in human history will also be discussed.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to integrate the information base of health studies into action plans for developing health education and promotion programs for organizations, agencies, and schools. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Includes planning and evaluation component and recommended for students who plan to sit for ACSM/NPASPA certificate exam.

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