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Public Health

Bachelor of Science


Top 25 Public Flagship University & Top 3% of Online Bachelor's Program in the Nation

- U.S. News & World Report, 2024

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $525
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Zuckerman College of Public Health

Program Details

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is the only public health program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in the state of Arizona. The online Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Health provides you with comprehensive coursework and experiential education in public health. The curriculum offers general knowledge regarding public health principles and practice. Fieldwork provides students with an experience that incorporates classroom learning into public health practice and prepares them for future employment.

You have the opportunity to customize your degree experience to match your interests, aspirations and future goals by selecting your area of emphasis. You may choose from three emphases: Global Health, Health Systems Theory and Practice and Public Health Practice. This emphasis will account for 12 credits toward your degree. 

Disclaimer: Successful applicants will be admitted to Pre-Public Health. Requirements to progress to the Public Health professional major include: a University of Arizona GPA above 2.5, completion of all pre-health prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher and completion of the major application, including resume and statement of objectives. Note: Students may have up to 5 units of prerequisites still outstanding at the time of application.

Prerequisites can be found using the Public Health Curriculum Guide.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.



Earning your Bachelor of Science in Public Health will build core skills, including:

  • Collaboration
  • Community engagement
  • Critical thinking
  • Data analysis
  • Leadership
  • Policy advocacy
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Research
  • Verbal and written communication
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Global health professionals work in settings all over the world to help prevent the spread of disease, deploy clean water initiatives, and support communities in times of natural disasters. Under the Global Health emphasis, students explore sanitation, global food supplies, epidemiology and more. Through a robust study abroad program, Public Health majors also have the opportunity to gain field research and service-learning experience in limited-resource settings.

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Corporations, organizations, governments and communities need public health leaders to focus on planning, management and administration. Students in the Health Systems Theory and Practice emphasis take courses on health economics and policy, public health law and ethics, healthcare marketing, and strategic planning. Undergraduates complement their coursework with an internship that provides them with professional public health experience in their area of interest.

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Public health professionals design and implement programs to ensure all communities have access to crucial health services and safe living conditions. Public Health Practice emphasis students study health program evaluation, health policy, law, and ethics. Undergraduates complement their coursework with an internship that provides them with professional public health experience working with underserved populations.

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