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Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science, Online

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Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science

Online Joint Collaborative

The field of healthcare is continually evolving. Preventing disease is becoming as important as treatment. Applied health science focuses on prevention. It involves promoting wellness in families, organizations, and society at large through research, health education, policy making, and therapeutic intervention.

The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science is an interdisciplinary program for students who have at least 30 credit hours of coursework that can be applied toward a university degree. The degree prepares you for careers or graduate studies in health-related fields. It offers two tracks: Community Health Education and Health Administration.

Your BS in Applied Health Science prepares you for a high-growth job market in areas related to disease prevention, quality of life, health planning, and therapeutic intervention.

Graduates may work in a variety of public health, wellness education, and health organization fields, including:  

  • Wellness coordinator  
  • Environmental science and protection technician 
  • Heath specialty teacher 
  • Occupational health and safety technician 
  • Community health worker
  • Health educator 
  • Hospital administration (entry-level) 
  • Nonprofit health agency positions 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. At least 30 transferable credit hours.
  2. Met all other admissions requirements.
  3. This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:
  1. Complete application for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts.
  3. Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants).
  4. Complete an essay (may be required of some applicants).
  5. International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  6. This program is offered by IU South Bend, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions of that campus.
Application Deadline:

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials

Tuition and Fees
  • Indiana Residents | $224.23/credit hours ($672.69/3 credit hours)
  • Out of State Residents | $321.34/credit hour ($964.02/3 credit hours)
  • Additional fees will apply

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

To graduate with the BS in Applied Health Science, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Course requirements fall into four categories and are defined by student learning outcomes.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  1. IU South Bend Campuswide General Education Curriculum (30-42 cr.)
  2. Applied Health Science Core Courses (42 cr.)

    Students take applied health science courses that teach you how to
    • Utilize problem-solving, critical-thinking, and decision-making skills in a variety of healthcare settings and situations.
    • Utilize effective leadership and management strategies in common healthcare delivery systems and environments.
    • Apply evidence-based healthcare practices for optimum health outcomes.
    • Demonstrate accountability within the legal and ethical parameters of the healthcare system.
    • Integrate communication skills into professional roles.
    • Utilize information technology in the delivery of healthcare.
    • Explore the historical and contemporary social determinants of health that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities.
  3. Applied Health Science Track (18 cr.)
  4. General Electives (as needed to total 120 credit hours)

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300– or 400–level.
  • Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required.
  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Applied Health Science Core Courses (42 cr.)
  • AHSC-H 301 Healthcare Delivery and Leadership (6 cr.)
  • AHSC-H 310 Health Policy, Ethics, and Legal Issues (6 cr.)
  • AHSC-H 320 Consumer Health
  • AHSC-H 330 Intercultural Health Communication (6 cr.)
  • AHSC-H 340 Research in the Health Sciences
  • AHSC-H 350 Economics of Health Care
  • AHSC-H 360 Population Health, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics (6 cr.)
  • AHSC-H 370 Informatics
  • AHSC-H 480 Healthcare Grant Writing and Internship (6 cr.)

Applied Health Science Track (18 cr.)
Community Health Education Track

Coursework will provide instruction in the skills necessary to conduct general health and wellness assessments and the techniques of health education. This track prepares you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.

  • AHSC-C 415 Health Assessment, Education, and Promotion (6 cr.)
  • AHSC-C 425 Program Assessment, Planning, Evaluation I (6 cr.)
  • AHSC-C 435 Program Assessment, Planning, Evaluation II (6 cr.)
Health Administration Track

Coursework will provide instruction in healthcare organization, planning, budgeting, and finance.

  • AHSC-A 420 Healthcare Finance (6 cr.)
  • AHSC-A 430 Supervision and Resource Management for Health Professional (6 cr.)
  • AHSC-A 440 Health Care Administration and Strategic Planning (6 cr.)

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2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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