Online Applied Health Science Degree (B.S.)
If you have an Associate of Science, an Associate of Arts, or at least 30 credit hours of course work that can be applied toward a university degree, the Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science (BSAHS) can prepare you to work in a variety of health careers.
- The Online BS in Applied Health Science is “student-centered,” appealing to a wide spectrum of traditional and non-traditional students who have an interest in a health sector career but do not wish pursue clinical degree programs.
- The program allows flexibility for students who are seeking to complete their degrees while meeting their responsibilities to their families and/or employers.
- The degree design offers health workers with previous college credit (including those with associate degrees) a convenient, high-quality option for completing a baccalaureate degree that students can pursue while working full- or part-time.
- The degree provides additional skills and training needed to advance within the student’s chosen profession. It is also appropriate for those who wish to find a new career in the health care field.
Degree Information & Requirements
The BSAHS degree is joint online degree program offered collectively by all five IU-managed regional campuses. The curriculum is available in an all-online format through the statewide BSAHS consortium.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Health Sciences program is a 120 credit hour online program. The program is for individuals with an Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Arts (A.A) degree, or who have completed at least 30 credit hours of coursework that can be applied toward the degree. Students with A.S or A.A degrees who enter the program will transfer in 60 – 64 credit hours from their degree. Students with associate degrees are expected to complete the degree in two academic years (four semesters). Full-time students entering with 30 credit hours are expected to complete in three years.
Students with a declared major are advised in the academic unit on their home campus. To determine who your advisor is and how to contact them, see One.IU.
- Full admission to the regional campus from which you will receive the degree
- Minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 grade scale
Course requirements fall into four categories, and are defined by student learning outcomes.
General Education (varies by campus) 30 - 42 credit hours. Students must achieve the general education outcomes of the campus from which they will graduate.
To total 120 credit hours. Students should choose electives that best support the BSAHS track they are pursuing, and in consultation with their academic advisor.
Core Learning Outcomes
Students take courses that meet the following learning outcomes:
- Utilize problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills in a variety of health care settings and situations.
- Utilize effective leadership and management strategies in common health care delivery systems and environments.
- Apply evidence-based health care practices for optimum health outcomes.
- Demonstrate accountability within the legal and ethical parameters of the health care system.
- Integrate communication skills into professional roles.
- Utilize information technology in the delivery of health care.
- Explore the historical and contemporary social determinants of health that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities.
Core Courses, 42 cr
- AHSC-H 301 Health Care Delivery and Leadership (6 cr)
- AHSC-H 330 Intercultural Health Communication (6 cr)
- AHSC-H 310 Health Policy, Ethics, and Legal Issues (6 cr)
- AHSC-H 360 Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Population Health (6 cr)
- AHSC-H 340 Research in the Health Sciences (3 cr)
- AHSC-H 320 Consumer Health (3 cr)
- AHSC-H 350 Economics of Health Care (3 cr)
- AHSC-H 370 Informatics (3 cr)
- AHSC-H 480 Grant Writing & Internship (6 cr)
Tracks (one required), 18 cr
Track 1: Community Health Educator
Coursework will provide instruction in the skills necessary to conduct general health and wellness assessments and the techniques of health education. Students majoring in the BSAHS with a concentration in the Community Health Educator track will be able to take the Certified Health Education Specialist Examination (CHES) offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Becoming a CHES opens many more opportunities for students in public health.
Track 1 Courses are:
- AHSC-C 415 Community Health Assessment, Education, and Promotion (6 cr)
- AHSC-C 425 Program Assessment, Planning, Evaluation I (6 cr)
- AHSC-C 435 Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation II (6 cr)
Track 2: Health Administration
Coursework will provide instruction in health care organization, planning, budgeting and finance.
Track 2 courses are:
Contact InformationIndiana University East
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