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Public Health

Welcome to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program

Promoting Health, Preventing Disease, Prolonging Life

Boise State University’s Public Health degrees provide students a rigorous education and prepares candidates for a career with a purpose: to serve and advance the health and welfare of their communities and environments.

Public health is the science of protecting and improving communities through promoting healthy environments and lifestyles. This applied discipline maintains and improves the health of individuals, organizations, communities, and the environment. Students in the Public Health program study the basic principles of public health. They gain the knowledge, values, and interpersonal skills needed for the public health field. The curriculum prepares graduates to work in a variety of entry-level positions and/or enter graduate school. Students pursue a BS degree in Public Health in one of three emphasis areas 1. Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS), 2. General, or 3. Health Education and Promotion (HEP).


  • Empowering
  • Based in social justice
  • Community centric
  • Proactive
  • Agile
  • Critical Thinking

Public Health Curriculum

View our curriculum list for students in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program.

Emphasis Areas

General Health

The General Health emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers in public health and health related industries, graduate work, and lifelong learning. The broad-based curriculum allows students to focus in business, leadership, or nonprofit management.

BSPH General Plan of Study (POS) is a four-year plan with a list of courses recommended for each semester.

Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS)

The Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) emphasis provides a broad background in environmental and occupational health and safety. Students learn problem-solving skills to be successful in their careers. Graduates work in a variety of sites: e.g., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), local health departments, U.S. Public Health Service, environmental agencies, and private industries. The EOHS program is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Graduates of the program receive Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP) designation. Students are eligible to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) examination.

BSPH EOHS Plan of Study (POS) is a four-year plan with a list of courses recommended for each semester.

Health Education and Promotion (HEP)

The Health Education and Promotion (HEP) emphasis focuses on the enhancement of health and well-being of individuals and communities through education. They work in a variety of settings: private, public, and voluntary health agencies; hospitals/clinics, and corporations. Graduates can sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam.

BSPH HEP Plan of Study (POS) is a four-year plan with a list of courses recommended for each semester.

Student Learning Outcomes for Bachelor of Science in Public Health

  1. Use research and communication skills to connect the history, philosophy, and core concepts of public health to current issues.
  2. Explain the underlying concepts of human health and disease, including health promotion and disease prevention strategies that enhance human health.
  3. Discuss how socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
  4. Compare and contrast behavioral, social, environmental, economic and cultural factors impacting health worldwide.
  5. Explain the organization, management, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems.
  6. Apply research, epidemiological, and statistical methods used in the analysis and presentation of evidence-based information for informed decision-making.
  7. Apply ethical and legal principles to contemporary public health.
  8. Discuss the essential components of an effective public health program including assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  9. Use effective communication and teamwork strategies to inform and engage colleagues, policy makers, and community members to address pertinent public health issues.

How to Change Your Catalog Year

Registrar Catalog Year Update form