The bachelor of science in public health and master of public health programs prepare students in a community of learning, dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition to lead and serve in the field of public health to promote health and prevent disease in human populations.

The interprofessional curriculum is designed to prepare entry level public health practitioners with knowledge and skills in the core concepts of public health including global health, health behavior, health services administration, environmental health, epidemiology, and biostatistics as well as in the ability to identify, assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the needs of populations to promote and protect the health of communities. The BSPH courses provide the strong science background necessary for entry into the field of public health, and for academic success in the MPH program.


Valpo’s public health program is ideal for students who desire to work in health promotion and disease prevention, the fastest growing sector of health care. The College of Nursing and Health Professions prepares graduates for the dynamic complexities of the health care industry, where they promote and protect the health of individuals, families, and communities.

Through the accelerated option, students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public health in just five years. The interdisciplinary, online curriculum is designed to enhance global community health and education competence to promote healthy living and prevent disease in human populations through ecological approaches across multiple determinants of health. Students graduate prepared to apply principles of global community health and education to diverse populations in the United States and around the world.

Travel Opportunities

Expand your worldview and become a global leader. Valpo nursing and health professions students make a difference in local and global communities through abundant service-learning trips to locations such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, China, Thailand, Tanzania, and Ireland. You’ll have the unique opportunity to visit hospitals, health care facilities, and public health agencies around the world, exploring the differences and similarities between varying practices while strengthening your cross-cultural communication skills.


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