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Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science 

Love the idea of working in a field where you get to promote healthy lifestyles? Want to make a difference in the lives of your community? If you’re looking for a way to gain extensive preparation to dive into any field that addresses people’s health and well-being, you may be interested in earning your online Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science from Indiana University Kokomo. This program is designed for you, the student seeking a broad understanding of the science of human health and its application to whatever career path you may choose!

Looking for flexibility? This degree can be earned completely online and around your schedule, as you take courses in health care delivery and leadership, health communication, policy, and ethics. You’ll also learn about the economics of healthcare and receive foundational knowledge in legal matters, graduating as a well-rounded and broadly-educated health science professional. The online Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science has two specialization options to help you tailor your education to work in a variety of industries. You can choose either the Health Administration or the Community Health Education tracks. From the basic techniques and the applied aspects of health science, in this program, you’ll get it all!

Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science

This degree is a 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 B.S.A.H.S. consortium. This program is a 120 credit hour online program. The program is for individuals who are interested in health education, promotion or leadership and have completed at least 30 credit hours of coursework that can be applied toward the degree. Full-time students entering with 30 credit hours can expect to complete the program in three years.

Applied Health Science Outcomes: 

  1. Demonstrate problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills in a variety of healthcare settings and situations
  2. Demonstrate effective leadership and management strategies in common health care delivery systems and environments
  3. Apply evidence-based healthcare practices for optimum health outcomes  
  4. Demonstrate accountability within the legal and ethical parameters of the health care system.
  5. Integrate communication skills into professional roles
  6. Utilize information technology in the delivery of healthcare
  7. Trace the historical and contemporary social determinants of health that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities

Course Requirements

To graduate with the B.S. in Applied Health Science, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. Course requirements fall into four categories and are defined by student learning outcomes. It is important to note that the general education outcomes (usually 30-42 credits) and requirements vary by campus; you must achieve the general education outcomes from the campus where you will graduate.

Applied Health Science Core Courses – 42 Credit Hours

You take courses that meet the following learning outcomes:

  • 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 health care delivery systems and environments.
  • Apply evidence-based healthcare practices for optimal 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 healthcare.
  • Explore the historical and contemporary social determinants of health that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities.

Some of the core courses include Health Care Delivery and Leadership, Economics of Health Care, and Informatics.

Applied Health Science Track Options

You will need to pick one of the two applied health science tracks of 18 credit hours.

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. By majoring in the B.S. in Applied Health Science with a concentration in the community health educator track, you 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 in public health. You will take courses including:

  • Community Health Assessment, Education, and Promotion
  • Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation I
  • Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation II

Track 2: Health Administration

Coursework will provide instruction in health care organization, planning, budgeting, and finance. You will take courses including:

  • Health Care Administration and Strategic Planning
  • Health Care Budgeting and Finance
  • Health Care Organization Supervision and Resource Management

With an online degree spanning across campuses, it’s important to work closely with an academic advisor to ensure you’re getting all your requirements. If you’re looking for more detailed information on the most current degree requirements and course offerings, take a look at our Academic Bulletin. To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. You can also reach out to someone in our department for more information.

Thinking about the next step and considering becoming a community health educator? This program will be great preparation for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination.

Ready to hop in?

If you’re ready to dive in and get started on your Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science (and you have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, we’re looking forward to hearing from you! You can submit an application today or reach out and schedule a visit with our admissions office.

Please note: Tuition costs and charges will include online undergraduate (assessed per credit hour for online programs), mandatory distance education (per credit hour), and other fees that may apply. Taking courses on campus could cause a change in your costs. You may apply for financial aid for both on-campus and online courses. Your eligibility is determined by such factors as total hours of enrollment and income. Reach out to the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Last updated: 11/02/2018