IU East to offer new online program in Applied Health Science beginning this fall

IU East to offer new online program in Applied Health Science beginning this fall

Indiana University East will offer a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science degree online beginning fall 2017.

The degree program is in collaboration with Indiana University Online, and jointly includes IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast. The program encompasses 120 credit hours and is designed to enhance potential for career advancement in entry- and midlevel positions in health-related organizations. Two tracks will be offered: community health education and health administration.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science has been designed to provide a convenient, high-quality option for Indiana health workers with prior college credit or an associate degree. Students will take courses in health care delivery and leadership, health communication, policy, and ethics. They will learn about the economics of health care and receive foundational knowledge in legal matters. It will provide students with basic, technical and applied aspects of health science and help students apply that knowledge to a variety of career opportunities.

Executive Director for Academic Affairs Michelle Malott said IU East is excited to be offering a new online degree in Applied Health Science.

“By combining the expertise of our faculty in healthcare delivery and leadership with our expertise in online degree delivery, we will provide a pathway for students looking to advance their careers in healthcare to meet the growing demand in our region and across the state for nonclinical healthcare specialists,” Malott said. “We are also pleased that through a collaborative approach with other IU campuses, we will be able to offer students more flexibility in coursework to help them complete their degrees in a timely manner.”

Karen Clark, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said the online degree program will meet the needs of students in the region.

“The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is excited about the opportunity to offer the Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences to our current and future students,” Clark said. “The degree provides a route for those in health care fields to continue their education capitalizing on the expertise of those at IU regional campuses. The tracks in health administration/leadership and community education have the potential of positively impacting health care in our community and beyond.”

Following IU Online’s innovative approach, the degree will enable students to be admitted to one IU campus but learn from faculty and network with students throughout the IU system. The campuses will collaborate to offer coursework to increase student flexibility and convenience and to increase degree completion.

To meet degree requirements within four years, students should complete 30 credit hours each year, minus transferred credits. Tuition for the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Health will be approximately $220 per credit hour for in-state students and $320 per credit hour for out-of-state students, plus fees.

Information about the Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science online degree completion program is available at http://www.iue.edu/online/.

About IU East and IU East Online Programs
Indiana University East has an enrollment of nearly 4,500 students. IU East is both a traditional campus that excels in innovative learning options and a virtual campus with select online degree completion programs. The university’s customized bachelor’s and master’s programs – a portfolio of over 50 degree program options – anticipate the growing needs of citizens in the region, state and nation.

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