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Public Health (B.S.P.H.)

Public health professionals "protect individuals, families and communities from serious health threats" and strive to improve society's quality of life. Graduates of the Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences with a major in Public Health will possess knowledge and skills necessary to preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society.

Public Health (B.S.P.H.)


What is Public Health at ODU like?

Public health professionals "protect individuals, families and communities from serious health threats" and strive to improve society's quality of life. Graduates of the Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences with a major in Public Health will possess knowledge and skills necessary to preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society.

Program Highlights

What makes Public Health at ODU unique?

  • The program provides a flexible, challenging and contemporary curriculum.

  • The program provides students with courses in basic research methods necessary for assessment, analysis, communication, research, problem solving and critical thinking abilities in the emerging emphasis on evidence-based health care and public health.

  • Students will have the opportunity to gain practical public health exposure and mentoring in clinical, research, or community settings. The graduates of our program will be ready to serve as invaluable leaders in the health care services.


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Health Educators



Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.




Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.


What are some courses offered in Public Health at ODU?

PUBH 415:
One Health-One Medicine

This course will teach students the applications of multidisciplinary competencies towards solving human health challenges. The course will identify all areas of global health issues that require human, veterinary and environmental applications for solutions. Prerequisites: junior standing and a declared major in the University or approval of the program director.

PUBH 421:
Leadership in Public Health

The course will introduce students to the main theories of leadership in public health covering key concepts and strategies using the six levels of leadership framework. The course will explore how individual, team, organizational, community, professional and global leadership impact population and public health. Prerequisites: CHP 328, CHP 335 and CHP 390.

PUBH 403W:
Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

The course will emphasize the importance of social context and cultural construction, social and behavioral foundations of public health and examine current issues in health from a social and behavioral sciences perspective. The course uses a social ecological framework to address multilevel influences on health and enlarge the dominant risk factor approach to health behavior. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C with a C or better, CHP 328, CHP 335, and CHP 390.


What are the requirements to apply for Public Health at ODU?

Students entering the BSPH program in Public Health should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Must be completed with a C or better; C- is not acceptable. Application deadlines are February 15th, May 15th and October 15th. CHP 200, ENGL 110C, BIOL 121N/122N and 123N/124N, MATH 162M and STAT 130M must be completed with grade of C or better before submitting program application. Students must be admitted to the program before enrolling in any 300/400 level CHP major courses. Lower division general education requirements must be complete before enrolling in 300/400 level CHP major courses.

NOTE: Oral Communication, Philosophy and Impact of Technology are met in the major. Option D satisfies the Upper Division General Education requirement by completing six (6) credits at the 300-400 level outside of the college of your major. Foreign language may be satisfied with 3 years of 1 or 2 years of 2 languages in high school; graduation from HS prior to 12/31/85, or with AA or AS Degree from VCCS.


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


Dr. Deanne Shuman Endowed Scholarship in Public Health

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I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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