Bachelor of Public Health (BPH)

Key Facts

3 Yrs
180 ECTS


The Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program offered by James Lind Institute, Switzerland is a 100% online degree that has been developed specifically for students who would like to study online in a flexible, self-paced, on-demand environment. In this way, you have full control over how, when, and where you study. The program offers a compelling mix of self-paced study content that includes lectures delivered by experienced faculty from across the globe. The program also offers mentors who are experts in the public health space.

Our primary aim for this program is to ensure that you have an intense exposure to the fundamentals of public health across the world. This program puts significant emphasis on the public health challenges that we face today and those that we anticipate facing in the future. This program also paves the way for you to be ready for higher degrees in public health. This program can be combined with all Master level degree programs offered at James Lind Institute as integrated higher degree programs.

This program also offers students opportunities for original research which is supervised and supported by our faculty and mentors from across the globe. Students can involve themselves in fieldwork, humanitarian responses, non-governmental organizations, and academic collaborations offered by the institute.

What You Will Study

The program is comprised of 180 ECTS credits and can be completed in about 3 years.  There are a total of 6 semesters, each of 6 month duration. For a detailed list of courses taught in this program, please refer to the curriculum.

See Curriculum


Semester 1

Introduction to Public Health
Human Biology 1
Human Biology 2
Epidemiology 1

Semester 2

Basic Biostatistics
Basic Research Methodology
Environmental Health
Social & Behavioral Health
Epidemiology 2

Semester 3

Occupational Health
Infectious Diseases
Health Education & Communication
Chronic diseases
Public Health Nutrition

Semester 4

Maternal & Child Health Programs
Health systems and administration
Public Health ethics and Law
Rural, Tribal and Urban Health (Optional)
Public Health Policy

Semester 5

Ageing Population
Health Economics ( accounting)
Public Health Informatics
Global Health
Disaster & Emergency Management

Semester 6

Healthcare Organization Management
Monitoring & Evaluation in Public Health
Public Health Leadership
Recent Advances in Public Health
Life Skills Education (Optional)
Research project

How You Will Study

This program is conducted fully online.

Once you are enrolled you will be provided a username and password to login to our e-Campus. All the courses that you are supposed to study will be available in your account. You can log in and complete your courses at any time of your convenience. Study materials are provided in the form of lectures, reading materials, additional videos, research papers, and so on. The faculty can be contacted for any assistance when required. All tests and assignment submissions also take place via the e-Campus. For more information please refer to the online learning section of the website.


You will be assessed on an ongoing basis via multiple choice question tests, assignment submissions and via End Term Examinations at the end of each semester.

Other Information
Eligibility Requirements

High school / secondary education (or higher)


All applicants have to be at least 17 years of age on or before the commencement date of their program.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please reach out to our admission staff.

Document Requirements
  • A passport size photo (head and shoulders only)
  • Copy of identity proof e.g. a copy of passport or any other government-issued identity card
  • Copy of high school diploma or equivalent 
  • Copy of any supporting transcripts/marks sheets 
Language Requirements

This program is taught in English. Therefore, you should be comfortable in using English as a language of communication (reading, writing and speaking). If you have taken an English language test in the last two years, that is good to have. If not, you can explore a waiver for the English language test.

The English proficiency test is waived-off for the following candidates:

– Native English speakers, OR;
– Applicants who have completed any previous qualifications (e.g. diploma) in English language, OR;
– Applicants who have at least 2 years of work experience in an organization in which English is the primary language of communication.

Program Fees

Our program fees are very reasonable in comparison to other schools. Please calculate the fees applicable to you by using our online fee calculator.

Next Start Date

Bachelors & Masters Programs

Next Start Date: 01 Aug 2024
App. Deadline: 28 Jul 2024

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Career Pathways

The global spending on public health has continued to increase globally. Growing economies are spending substantially more on public health as a proportion of their GDP so that public health infrastructure and services can keep pace with the needs of the population. According to WHO statistics, between 2000 and 2017, global health spending grew by 3.9% a year while the economy grew 3.0% a year. Middle-income countries are rapidly converging towards higher levels of spending. In those countries, health spending rose 6.3% a year between 2000 and 2017 while the economy rose by 5.9% a year. Health spending in low-income countries rose by 7.8% a year.

The higher spending on public health has continued to support the need for public health practitioners who are responsible for the development and deployment of public health interventions globally.

Some of the key roles that are assumed by public health practitioners are:

Program FAQ's

This program can be completed in about 3 years. 

The primary mode of learning is via pre-recorded lectures, videos, reading materials etc. A few live guest lectures are scheduled during the program however they are optional to attend. Whenever such sessions are scheduled they are planned in a way that is convenient for most of our students. If you are unable to attend, a reccorded version will be provided.

You will be able to interact with the faculty via the personal messaging facility available in your study account, discussion forum, or via emails. A short phone call can also be scheduled if necessary.

A discussion group is available for the program. You can post your questions in the group and other students may respond.

Generally, you do not need to purchase any books. All the resources that you need will be made available by the faculty in your account. If you do wish to have text books, then the faculty can recommend to you some, and you may purchase them on your own,

Please refer to the assessments section in this page above.

You can save the pdf study notes that will be provided for each unit. Videos and other multimedia content cannot be downloaded.

There is no dissertation required in this program however there is a project report to be submitted at the end of Semester 6. The guidelines about how to write this will be shared by you via your study account. A mentor will guide you in writing your project report.

No, our degree does not mention that the program was conducted online.

A virtual graduation ceremony may be conducted for which you will be invited to join via video-conferencing. After this the completion documents are sent to your postal address by courier.

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